Monday, August 9, 2010

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

We were all excited to come across a loggerhead sea turtle yesterday afternoon. The loggerhead has a wide distribution in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans, and the Mediterranean Sea. Loggerheads spend most of their life in the open ocean and shallow coastal waters and rarely come to shore except when females deposit their eggs. Adult loggerheads weight up to 300 lb and only reach sexual maturity between the ages of 17-33. They can life up to 67 years, but unfortunately loggerheads are considered endangered as there are many threats to their habitat, either to their eggs onshore, being trapped in fishing gear offshore or because they eat plastic from garbage released into the sea.