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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-03

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  • [01] Caretta caretta sea turtles hatched on Zakynthos
  • [02] ASE opening: Decline

  • [01] Caretta caretta sea turtles hatched on Zakynthos

    Laganas Bay, on the Ionian Sea island of Zakynthos, became once again the starting point for the long journey of thousands of the endangered Caretta caretta loggerhead turtles into the sea.

    Roughly 60,000 sea turtle eggs hatched in 763 of the 857 nests that were made this year, despite the adverse weather conditions, characterized by unseasonably low temperatures in the mating period, between the months of April and June, according to the National Marine Park.

    Laganas Bay is one of the last remaining natural habitats of the Caretta caretta turtle in the Mediterranean, and late spring provides a rare opportunity to see hundreds of them mating in the warm waters. In the summer, roughly 2,000 turtles lay their eggs on the sand beaches. Sea turtles nest where they were hatched and the Caretta caretta have been returning to Laganas for thousands of years.

    Caption: Newborn caretta caretta loggerhead turtles/ ANA-MPA/Christos Kouzis

    [02] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.96 percent, standing at 2,620.92 points at 10:55 a.m., and turnover at 29.5 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Food & Beverage, down 1.58 percent; Banks, down 1.55 percent; and Telecoms, down 1.24 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Health, up 1.59 percent; and Travel & Recreation, up 0.88 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 1.24 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.34 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.50 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 17 were up, 69 were down, and 25 were unchanged.

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