Loggerhead Turtle

Hundreds of Endangered Sea Turtles Found Dead Off Mexico loading...
Hundreds of Endangered Sea Turtles Found Dead Off Mexico
The animals may have died as a result of a "ghost net," a lost piece of fishing gear. The incident follows a mass death earlier in August.
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Police Raid What May Be Europe's Biggest Illegal Turtle Farm
Spanish authorities have dismantled the facility, which contained 1,100 animals and 14 of the 50 most endangered turtle species.
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Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them
A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise.
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Two-Headed Baby Turtle Swims to Sea—Will It Survive?
A turtle with two heads was found in Florida, but whether it will survive the treacherous journey to adulthood remains to be seen.
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13 Graceful Pictures of Rare Sea Turtles
On World Sea Turtle Day, see photos of one of the most vulnerable animal populations on Earth, some of which are near extinction.
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New Ocean Reserve, Largest in Africa, Protects Whales and Turtles
Gabon’s announcement also restricts overfishing and may help with climate resilience.
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Fishing Gear is Killing Hundreds and Thousands of Whales, Seals and Turtles
640,000 tonnes of ‘ghost gear’ litters our oceans every year
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How do Animals Have Sex Underwater?
Speed, angle, and agility combat the difficulties of aquatic mating.
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This Turtle Tourist Centre Also Raises Endangered Turtles for Meat
Animal advocates accuse the Cayman Turtle Centre of mistreating its sea turtles and stoking demand for the meat of an endangered species, claims it denies.
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There Are Only 3 of These Turtles Left on Earth
And conservationists are desperately searching for a fourth.
About Loggerhead Turtle

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

Their enormous range encompasses all but the most frigid waters of the world's oceans. They seem to prefer coastal habitats, but often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea.

Fast Facts 

Type: Reptile

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: More than 50 years

Size: 36 in (90 cm)

Weight: 253 lbs (115 kg)

Group name: Flotilla

Did you know? Sea turtles can move through the water at speeds of up to 15 mi (24 km) per hour.

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