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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

posted: 11/30/15
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Status: Endangered
Scientific Name: Caretta caretta
Size: 175-400 pounds

Named for the large heads and powerful jaws which allow them to catch their hard-shelled prey and crush them, loggerhead turtles are most common in the Mediterranean, choosing to nest along the beaches of Greece and Turkey, to Israel and Libya. Because many of these beaches are being developed for tourism, the species habitats are being threatened.

Unlike other sea turtles, loggerheads are less likely to be hunted for their shell and meat. Rather, the accidental catching of turtles in fishing gear is the main cause of the species demise since they are frequently in areas where fisheries exist.

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How You Can Help:

  • National Wildlife Federation: Learn more about conservation efforts and what's being done to save the Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, conservation efforts, and what you can do to help ensure the species' survival.
  • NOAA: Learn more about the Loggerhead Sea Turtle's habitat, threats, and efforts being made for conservation.
  • Sea Turtle Conservancy: Discover how you can contribute to the rehabilitation efforts for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle.


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