Petros the Pelican
Petros the White Pelican is the official mascot of Mykonos. In 1954 a wounded pelican was found at the coast Mykonοs by a local fisherman. The pelican was nursed to health and remained on the island supported by locals. It soon adopted the name “Petros”, as a joke between the locals, as "petro" in Greek means "rock", "stone" but meta-phorically Old and Grumpy.
Petros has always been a bit of an enigma as his species of pelican is not indigenous to the island or even the Aegean. To great dis-appointment by locals and tourists alike, Petros was hit by a car on 1985 and failed to recover. As the original bird had such popularity and seemed to have developed into the Mykonian Mascot, he was posthumously replaced and a female friend was added as well. Since then there is always a pelican on Mykonos who, honorifically, was given the name Petros.
Petros the Pelican is certainly the most photographed persona on the island and resident symbol of both sea and sky for more than 60 years, escapes the Paparazzi in his own personal nest: Cine Manto Mykonos. You can find him on a given afternoon flapping hisfeathers, stretching his beak or just doing general preening in the center of town at the cinema, aka Meletopoulos’ Garden. Where does the island’s star go at night? Well, of course he wants to be in the company of other celebrities—the stars of the silver screen because he can’t resist a great flick too!
Everyday visitors to the island want to know how to get to the Windmills, Little Venice, Paradise Beach and the church of Paraportiani. These are easy photo ops and venues to see as they are locations. But when you want to find the island’s Star, if he is not feasting on fish in the early morning hours on the waterfront from the fishermen’s surplus, chances are you can find him in the garden. And of course, while there visitors can enjoy a lush oasis of flora and fauna, cool in the worst of the summer heat and protected from the raging northerly winds when they choose to blow.