Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Background Information

They prefer coastal habitats, but often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea. The largest of all hard-shelled turtles, they have massive heads, strong jaws, and reddish-brown shell. Primarily carnivores, eating jellyfish, conchs, crab, and even fish, but will eat seaweed, and saragrassum occasionally.

Causes of Endangerment

Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas, among other factors, have kept this species on the threatened species list since 1978.

Protection

World Wide Fund for Nature tries to reduce turtle bycatch by working with fisheries to switch to more turtle-friendly fishing hooks and recommends the use of devices that exclude turtles from nets.
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