Loggerhead Sea Turtle

By: Milena Hernandez

Description

  • The reason they are called Loggerhead Sea turtles is because of their overly large heads and sharp beaks that are that are thicker than other sea turtles.
  • They are also called Caretta caretta.
  • They can swim through the water as fast as 24 kph.
  • A female loggerhead tracked at sea made up to 500 dives in 12hrs getting air

Habitat

  • Loggerhead sea turtles are found in coastal tropical and subtropical waters often extending to temperate waters in search of food.
  • The highest populations in North America are found on barrier islands from North Carolina to the Florida Keys.
  • Hatchling habitat is primarily in warm ocean currents among flotsam such as Sargassum (like seaweed).

Feeding

  • They are carnivorous most of their life.
  • Hatchlings often eat sponges, jellyfishes, sargassum weed, small gastropods and crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill, woodlice and barnacles).
  • Juveniles, sub-adults and adults feed on conch, clams, horseshoe crab and crustaceans
  • They have powerful jaws that let them easily crush the hard shells of their prey
  • During migration through the open sea, loggerheads eat jellyfishes, pteropods, floating mollusks, floating egg clusters, squids and flying fishes.

Nesting

  • Female sea turtles leave the ocean only to lay eggs
  • A female nests every two to three years
  • When the last egg is laid the turtle covers them up to erase any signs of the nest
  • The eggs take about 2 months to hatch
  • The light reflected off the water guides the turtle to sea

Endangered

  • The loggerhead sea turtles are listed as endangered.
  • Much money is paid for their meat and eggs, which are used to make turtle burgers and turtle soup and the eggs are even used to make cakes
  • Eating a sea turtle could cause death though
  • Most of the turtles die by being caught in shrimp nets
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