Don't want to freak anyone out but when we stayed in Nicos Apartments, just behind Apollo Camping near the chapel, we wondered what was causing the shadows when we walked home at night (it was a little like something out of Babylon 5 which was popular at the time). Sorry to anyone who doesn't like bats, but I am pleased to say Plakias seems to have a thriving population of rather large ones....not sure what type as couldn't get close enough).
It all adds to the turtles, snakes, birdlife, butterflies, preying mantis, eagles, white hedgehogs (found in Costa Chrysoulas gardens) and the frogs and the crickets. I am please to say we have never (in nearly 30 years) seen a rat (only in Rethymnon) or a mouse and only one cockroach - quite unusual for somewhere so rural so hats off to the teams who keep things clean and tidy !
Even came across a (sadly dead) Cretan Marten when I was there in 1987. An amazing island....and I haven't even started on the flowers yet !