Loggerhead Sea Turtle

By: Julia Good

The Loggerhead: Threatened Species

The Caretta caretta commonly known as the Loggerhead Seat Turtle is a threatened species. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is a threatened species because of the developing North Carolina coast. Normally you can find the Loggerhead Sea Turtle in North Carolina's costal plain region, but now it is rare to see them at all. When baby turtles hatch they look for the moons light to guide them to the ocean. They often mistake house lights as the moon and die. North Carolina beaches are major tourist spots for fishing. The amount of fishers threaten the sea turtles. Sometimes turtles get caught on accident and other times their food source is caught by fishers. Water pollution is destroying their habitat as well. If there is no safe place for them to live, then they will die.


How Can We Protect the Loggerhead Sea Turtles?

Many beaches have set up Turtle Patrols to help the decreasing turtle population. At Holden Beach the Turtle Patrol goes out every morning to check for new nests. Once they find a nest they automatically block it off. They put a metal crate around the eggs so that raccoons cannot eat the eggs. Sometimes the Turtle Patrol will have to slowly hand select each egg out of their nest in order to move the nest further away from the shore. The Turtle Patrol will wait months and months for the eggs to hatch. Once the sand shows slight movement they begin staying out waiting every night. They make all visitors carry flashlights with red covers so that the turtles do not think the flashlights are the moon. The Turtle Patrol creates a path to the ocean for the turtles and makes sure that all of the turtles are big enough and strong enough to swim. After this slow process they wait a few more nights to see if any extra turtle will come out and then they dig unhatched eggs out of the nest. The unhatched eggs are kept warm until they either hatch or die. Other ways to help protect Loggerhead Sea Turtles are things like not polluting, not overfishing, and being mindful of your surroundings at the beach.

source: learned from personal experience