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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Annett Gonzalez

on 13 November 2012

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Background photo by t.shigesa Commercial fishing, gillnets, trawls, beachfront development, pollution, motor vehicle crushing nests, collisions with nests, hunting of turtles & their eggs, climate change. Why endanger ? ~ Large head.
~ Heavy strong jaws.
~ Bony carapace without rides, has large, non-overlapping, rough scales.
~ Carapace is heart shaped.
~ Short & thick front flippers with 2 claws, rear flippers have 2 or 3 claws.
~ Carapace is reddish- brown.
~ Size; 2.5 to 3.5 feet in carapace length.
~ Weight; 155 to 375 pounds. Description Loggerhead Sea Turtle ~ Coastal bays and
estuaries, also in
the shallow water along the
continental shelves of the Atlantic, Pacific, & Indian Oceans. Habitat Population estimate 44,560 nesting females Nesting Location ~ Florida : 91%
~ Sorth Carolina: 6.5%
~ Georgia: 1.5%
~ North Carolina: 1% Interesting Facts ~They are called loggerheads because they have the largest head of all sea turtles.
~They lay up to 7 nests in 1 season & usually nest every 2 years.
~Use their jaw to crush their food.
~Most often eat clams, jelly fish, & squid.
~ Once a nest is laid it takes 55 to 90 days for the hatching to emerge. Nitche They migrate great distances & are found in the Atlantic Ocean from Argentina to Nova Scotia. They go around hunting food. Food Chain Is omnivorous. They are the top jellyfish predators, & if they go extinct the increase of jellyfish will have even more competition of their food. How can we make a difference? ~ Stop leaving unattended fishing gear. This is responsible for many of their deaths.
~ Join sea turtle restoration.
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