We are Marianne and Chris from the YouTube channel Tread the Globe. We are currently attempting to drive around the world and find ourselves parked up on a beach on the South Coast of Turkey in Manavgat. Every morning we saw a lone woman cleaning the beach, placing fencing around turtle nests and chasing vehicles from the beach.
Her story started in May 2020, whilst walking along the beach with her son, she came across an open turtle nest. The female which had been hit by car driving on the beach, had died whilst laying her eggs. Seher was so touched by this, that she quit her job in a local law firm to dedicate her life to protecting the sea turtles.
Over the past few years she has done an amazing job in protecting the turtles. She has single handedly organised huge beach cleans, literally spent night after night sleeping on the beach, sought and got approval from local authorities to build a rescue centre and publicised the need to protect the turtles.
We met Seher at the perfect time. She told us that she had already discussed with her son and her friends that she could not go on, she was exhausted and could not carry this responsibility anymore. She hasn't had a wage for over a year and has spent all of her savings on protecting the turtles. We are dedicated to making sure that she is able to continue the amazing work she has already done.
Sea Turtle Rescue Centre Antalya - DEKAFOK
The 65km length of beaches in this area, which are the nesting grounds for both the loggerhead and green turtles. With green turtles being classified as endangered and loggerhead turtles vulnerable, it is essential that they are protected for the future generations. Possibly even more rare on the beach where she is based, there are two (a male and female) Mediterranean Monk Seals that she is also trying to protect - Amazingly it is estimated that there are only 800 left in the world!
Seher created Dekafok - The Sea Turtle Rescue Centre - An NGO and is completely self funded. Their social media accounts are below:
What will the funds raised be used for:
There are two main priorities:
- To protect the Sea Turtles (and seals)
- To make the project financially sustainable.
By building a Rescue Centre, she will be able to have an area to educate and inform the children, tourists and visitors to the beach about the challenges facing marine life and thus contributing to a better future for all of us.
This is the future of all conservation and she is prepared to take on this role. She is currently based in a tent on the beach, which for many nights is also her home !
Below is the planned Centre, made from environment building materials.
Seher also needs some kind of transport and so we are hoping to also purchase her a second hand ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) so that she is able to quickly respond to nesting turtles and to patrol the beach.
We also want to create signage in critical locations to tell visitors that they are entering protected areas, not to drive on the beach and to indicate where the nests are.
EVERY persons name, who has donated £1 of more will have their name on a thank you plaque / sign as a thank you to you for making this project possible. Be part of something special and leave your name as a legacy for ever more !!
The battle to save the sea turtles is a long one, with developers always waiting to take prime beach land to build on! But Seher is fighting to protect the land they are nesting on ! We need to act fast because once they are gone, they are gone .......
We are so inspired by Seher and her determination to protect the turtles (If you follow us already, you will know that we love scuba diving) and so we are committed to supporting, helping and being part of this amazing project long term.
We would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read this and any donation no matter how small is greatly appreciated. Please help us spread the word by telling your friends.
Marianne & Chris
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