Video – Saving the Caretta Caretta turtle on Zakynthos – Greece

November 2, 2009 by  

If you’re interested in finding about the Caretta Caretta Turtles on Zakynthos (Zante) in Greece and the work that’s going on to preserve them, then you should enjoy my video interview with Yannis Vardakastanis , founder of the Earth, Sea and Sky Wildlife centre at Gerakas Beach on Zakynthos.

Heather with Yannis Vardakastanis from Earth Sea Sky on Zakynthos

Heather with Yannis Vardakastanis from Earth Sea Sky on Zakynthos

You may have already read my written interview with Yannis in a previous article but here’s the video version, to give you the real flavour of the place.

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Gerakas beach is one of my favourite beaches on Zakynthos, because, unlike many of the highly developed beach areas on the island, it has remained unspoilt due to the protection given to the turtles nesting sites. For this reason there is no building or easy access to the cliffs which over look the beach and the use of the beach is also controlled, to protect the turtle nesting sites.

Yannis’ family have lived in this area for generations, and as founder of the Earth Sea and Sky Wildlife Centre he has been a leading voice in the preservation of the Loggerhead or Caretta Caretta turtles on Zakynthos, a message which is not always popular with those who would like to develop the area further for tourism. Even though there are many tensions between the forces of conservation and commercial tourism, the Turtles are a major tourist attraction on Zakynthos, but is important to see them in a way that preserves them for future generations.

If you want to stay close to the beach in eco-friendly stone built villas, furnished in traditional Greek style, then visit the Ionian Eco-Villagers website to find out more and Yannis also runs regular turtle-friendly boat trips on a catamaran through his eco-tourism company Nature World Travel.

Resources

Earth Sea and Sky Wildlife Centre at Gerakas, Zakynthos
Ionian Eco-Villagers – for Eco friendly traditional stone build villas close to Gerakas turtle beach
Nature World Travel – for turtle-friendly boat trips around the bay

Read other articles about Zakynthos

Saving the Caretta Caretta Turtles on Zakynthos – interview
My top three beaches on Zakynthos
How to run a beach bar on Zakynthos – video
A wine tasting at Oenolipi winery on Zakynthos – video

Read all my articles about Zakynthos


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14 Comments on "Video – Saving the Caretta Caretta turtle on Zakynthos – Greece"

  1. Fly Girl on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 3:01 pm 

    Undeveloped beaches like these are my favorites. The turtle-friendly boat trip also sounds fun. What an inspiring dedication to nature that Yannis has.

  2. Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 6:10 pm 

    Hi Heather – great video! I’m getting started with video and just posted one of my first efforts, about the Peace River Wildlife Center in Florida, so I know how much work goes into these.

  3. Donna Hull on Tue, 3rd Nov 2009 11:41 pm 

    Enjoyed your video, Heather. I always favor undeveloped beaches over touristy ones. Yannis is an inspiration.

  4. Caitlin on Wed, 4th Nov 2009 4:46 pm 

    Turtles – so cute!!

  5. Caitlin on Wed, 4th Nov 2009 4:50 pm 

    I didn’t even know there were sea turtles in the Mediterranean!

  6. Travelogged on Thu, 5th Nov 2009 6:31 am 

    Greece & turtles — what a great combo!

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