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Loggerhead Turtles

Updated on January 16, 2015

All About the Endangered Loggerhead Turtles Species of the Atlantic Ocean

The Loggerhead Turtle, the most common sea turtle in the United States, can be seen anywhere ranging from Newfoundland to Argentina. Most Loggerheaded Turtle nesting areas in the U.S. are located right in Florida, an estimated 90% or so to be exact. Other prominent nesting areas include Australia, Oman, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Cape Verde Islands, and Israel. It's not uncommon to see several Loggerhead Turtles off the shore of Florida.

On this page, you can find pictures of this beautiful sea turtle, and also read about mating habits, migration, find videos, and read about the conservation status.

The Florida Hot Spot... for Turtles!

It's not just humans that love Florida -- Turtles Love it Too!

Loggerhead Turtles love Florida. They're primarily known to nest in a twenty mile section of coastline from Melbourne Beach to Wabasso Beach. It's commonly known as the most important nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles in the western hemisphere. Loggerheads love it so much that they return here every year to lay their eggs on a piece of sand that is very close to where they were born. Around 40% of Loggerhead nests are in sunny FL.

What do they Look Like?

Identify a Loggerhead Turtle!

Loggerhead Turtles can be easily identified from their reddish-brown shell and yellow colored bottom. The flippers are dark brown trimmed in white, and the heads are the same colors. Young Loggerheads hatch much darker and lighten as they mature.

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Eating, Mating & Hatching Habits

Cool facts on the Loggerhead Turtle

Mating occurs in the months of March to June in the open Atlantic for most Loggerheads. They require dark, soft, sandy beaches for appropriate nesting. A batch of 100 or so eggs is common, which occurs every 2-3 years. Nest sites are often made protected from predators (and humans) through special fencing set up by volunteer workers to help encourage hatching.

Upon successful hatching, they head to the water guided by the brightest light. Light pollution can often confuse and misguide newly hatched Loggerheads. Heading to the ocean, hatchlings will seek out floating seaweed beds as protection until they grow in size. After this stage, the turtles will migrate to find food sources all over the ocean. Food sources include bottom dwelling creatures like conch, crabs and lobster, which can easily be crushed with the turtles' powerful jaws.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, picture by Damien du Toit

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, picture by Damien du Toit
Loggerhead Sea Turtle, picture by Damien du Toit

Loggerhead Links - Learn more about the species, and find out how you can help!

Help out the Loggerheads!

Videos of the Loggerhead Turtle

Are Loggerhead Turtles Threatened?

The conservation status of the Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtles are a threatened species and they are endangered. The main causes for their loss in numbers are loss of habitat, poaching, fishing, ingestion of marine debris, pollution (including light pollution), and least of all, predators. Numerous international treaties and agreements as well as National laws have helped to protect Loggerhead Turtles. However, it is difficult to enforce these rules. If for example, nesting is protected in Florida and a turtle swims to a country that has no turtle fishing laws, there is little recourse.

What can you do?

Help increase numbers of Loggerhead Turtles by staying educated, spreading the word, or making a donation to one of the links provided in this lens to benefit the Loggerheads.

Don't forget

to Adopt a Sea Turtle! Help this endangered species survive for generations to come with this adoption program.

Sea Turtles - A Portion is Donated to the Leatherback Trust!

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      jdavis_4 6 years ago

      Watched a soft shell turtle laying eggs at Lake Ella park in Tallahassee last week. Great lens!!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Just did a lens on the Fly River Turtle, and thought I would check out some other turtle lenses, since I am a newbie. Nice Lens.

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      rio1 7 years ago

      Your lens has been featured on Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle in Louisiana. I hope the oil doesn't reach you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      One of my ambitions is to swim with turtles in the wild - my son manged to do it in the Maldives a few weeks ago and I am very jealous! Thank you for adding this lens to my plexo on "St Tiggywinkles".

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a great lens. I really like how easy on the eyes it is as I read through the great info!

      Nice work promoting this awesome creature.

      Peace

      Kym

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Sea turtles=my fave animals. Have seen them in a few places while diving or snorkeling, plus at a turtle rescue place in N.C. Thanks for a wonderful lens. 5*****

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      A great lens - I love that polaroid picture particularly. It is so sad that there are so many species in danger in the world.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This lens is featured on my new lens, South Carolina Symbols and More. Thank you.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very nice job. The Loggerhead Turtle is the South Carolina State Reptile so they like South Carolina, too

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      My husband traveled to Florida a few months ago and wished he'd had time to see more of the beaches and wildlife while he was there. Great lens and fun pictures!

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      nice lense on longgerhead turtles!

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      I love turtles of all kinds. Great lens. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens link to the appropriate plexo and vote for it.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great lens, 5***** I live here in South Florida but I have yet to see a turtle here. The beaches are covered with fenced off nests in the summer months, all gone now as they have hatched.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Awesome. I haven't been to Florida but it's on my list of places to visit. I'll be sure to check out the turtles :)

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      Janet2221 8 years ago

      Fun lens! Lensrolled to my new Franklin the Turtle birthday party lens. :)

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

      Angel blessed today! Great lens!

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      DavidYarian LM 9 years ago

      Great lens. I, too, have interest in seeing that loggerhead turtles survive and thrive! Thanks for putting this information out.

      5 stars and favored!

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      sisterra 9 years ago

      great lens!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Good Job! I've read about Loggerheads, and I've seen lots of pictures, but I've never seen one.

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      EvieJewelry 9 years ago

      Great lens 5*

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      kimmckay 9 years ago

      Cool lens, we get these in Australia too. We saw a few on our campervan travels

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      flowski lm 9 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting look at logger turtles.

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      Scarboroughseashells 9 years ago

      OMG what beautiful creatures, thanks for the terrific lens! :)

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      RugRag 9 years ago

      Hey, Great Lens with nice photos!