Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle Facts
The Loggerhead Sea Turtle has a head that is much bigger than any others out there. The overall body is shaped
very similar to a heart. They have a shell that is red and brown on top, then yellow and brown on the bottom of it.
They can be up to 250 pounds when they are full grown and close to 36 inches in length.
You will find Loggerhead Sea Turtles in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. They prefer to be in areas
that offer beaches full of grainy sand. This is why you will find so many of them along the coast of Mexico and the
Bahamas. However, they also make their homes in various lagoons and bays.
You will notice that this sea turtle features very powerful jaws. They are in place to allow them to consume
prey that may have a hard shell protecting it. They feed on a variety of foods including fish, crab, jellyfish,
shrimp, mollusks, and crustaceans. They will generally dive deep to get these items from the bottom of the ocean.
However, they are also known to feed in very shallow waters need the coast.
It may sound unbelievable, but the Loggerhead Sea Turtle isn’t ready for reproduction until they are
approximately 33 years old. The courting process takes place as the males and females are migrating to their
breeding grounds. The females decide who they will mate with.
The females can reproduce several times in a single mating season. They will deposit several nests of eggs that
take up to two months to hatch. The young are completely on their own to survive when they hatch, and it is
fascinating to see hundreds of them scrambling toward the water.
Since these sea turtles don’t reproduce for many decades after they are born, there are concerns about their
future. Many of the adults have been killed due to fishing nets and many of the young are destroyed due to their
eggs being collected. In the past they have also been hunted for their meat and their shells. The fat from their
bodies used to be used for making cosmetics and various types of medications.
The Loggerhead Sea Turtle currently has a status as a Threatened Species. It is closely being watched and
efforts are in place to help the population increase. Hopefully with such early intervention they won’t move any
higher in the ranks towards being endangered. Many of the conservation efforts are on the older Loggerhead Sea
Turtles as they are the ones able to reproduce at this time.
Conservation efforts continue so that the natural habitat of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle can be protected. Limits
on where fishing equipment can be placed has been helpful. The amount of pollution in the water is another issue
that has to be addressed to protect these sea turtles. On many beaches you will see blocked off areas with signs
that say it is the Loggerhead Sea Turtle nesting area. This area will be closely monitored to ensure no one enters
it. If you observe closely though you may be able to see the females depositing their eggs.
What has also been noticed is that many of the young have a hard time getting out of their eggs. This is where
experts come in and give them a hand. Since these young Loggerhead Sea Turtles would die without their
intervention, this helps to promote more of them having a chance of survival. They are released into the water
which means they won’t be prey for birds either as they make their way from the beach to the water.