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Life Stage: Adult
Release Date: 2012-06-01 03:00:00
Release Location: Iskele
Last Location: 2012-12-30 07:30:15
Europe GCM Team
This adult female loggerhead was fitted with a wildlife computers satellite transmitter as part of our study into interactions between small-scale fisheries of the Eastern Mediterranean and marine turtle populations.
We decided to grace this turtle with the name Maureen in recognition of Maureen Hutchinson and her husband Tony, who for 3 decades have fought for nature conservation in Cyprus. Leading by example they built a pioneering ecotourism project in their village community and have supported our project since its onset logistically, financially and morally. In recent years the couple have made a great contribution to the work of Karsiyaka Turtle Watch by patroling Guzelyali Beach recording, protecting and excavating nests.
Our project in Cyprus consists of two bases. The relatively luxurious and busy Alagadi base, where up to 20 volunteers are hosted at a time and the Akdeniz base on the remote windswept West coast which hosts just 4 students.
The accommodation at the outpost station of Akdeniz was traditionally very basic. Working in remote, dusty conditions, the students would look forward to and savour Maureenís weekly suppers where they were invited to swim in the pool, eat fantastic meals including Maureenís infamous cake. Hundreds of students were treated to this great kindness until Maureen sadly passed away in January this year.
She will be remembered in the hearts of all of our volunteers and leaders as a conservationist of passion and grit and as a selfless and kind friend.