A pleasant surprise awaited us today in the marina of Argostoli. Walking on the pier we met a Caretta caretta sea turtle! She swam in the shallows and ate the mussels stuck on the hull of an abandoned boat.
Kefalonia Island is an important area for loggerhead turtles. Every spring many of them migrate here where they find plenty of food, mate and then nest on the sandy beaches, especially in the southern part of the island. If you visit the island during the summer and want to see a turtle up close, all you have to do is take a walk in the port of Argostoli. It is almost certain that you will see them swimming near the pier or feeding on the shells attached to it.
From late May to early August you may see the females come ashore to lay their eggs while from July to October you can watch the new-born hatchlings digging out of their nests. (Read also: AT CARETTA CARETTA NESTING SITES). If you are interested in such an experience you should get in touch with one of the organizations that exist on the island for the monitoring and protection of the sea turtle.
For more info about Caretta caretta in Kefalonia read also kefaloniabyanna.com/sea-turtles