I've been very lucky to discover the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, and the amazing conservation work they do over at Archelon. I was on the Greek island of Zakynthos, voluntarily donating my post-exam/pre-second year holiday and student budget, monitoring and protecting Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) sea turtles, their nests and hatchlings.
It's been an extremely eye opening experience, showing me that most of the dangers that this endangered species faces, are man made and largely to do with plastic, fishing, motor boats and speeding in the oceans. Why is it that we don't hear about these things?! David Attenborough's Blue Planet 2 has inspired such a positive bout of change already, lets keep the ball rolling on improving our relations with the environment.
This year, Zakynthos is nearing the record for the most nests ever recorded and monitored in the 30 odd years this non government funded and volunteer run charity has been running. Unfortunately they're facing an extremely low number of volunteers for the latter half of the season (August to October). Having been there for a month and having been trained to a good extent, I would cherish the opportunity to go back and carry the project with them until the end of the monitoring season in October, doing my bit in making sure these peaceful creatures get the protection and the existence they need.
Being largely broke, my going back isn't currently possible, which is why I'm here. --ANY-- donations would be greatly appreciated, and I will personally contact and thank anyone who is kind enough to do so. I hope to hit the £800 mark which would definitely fly me there and back, and hopefully keeping me fed until October 15th.
I have added a TED-Ed video for some more information on a Sea Turtle's life cycle under effect of our impact through waste etc. I would like to correct the video in saying that a loggerhead turtle with lay 80-100 eggs per nest and will lay 2 to 3 nests every 2 to 3 years, so the figures are even more slim than mentioned in this video. If you'd like to find out more about the society I worked with, the dangers that turtles face, to donate directly to the charity, or would like to do one better by joining us out there, check out their website: http://www.archelon.gr/index_eng.php
Fin, a fellow volunteer of mine is also running a sponsored marathon in order to raise money for the charity, please check it out: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/findlayrae
Thank you for your time,