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COMMON NAME:
Loggerhead Sea Turtles

SPECIES NAME:
Caretta caretta

DESCRIPTION:

Second largest sea turtle. Adults weigh around 300 pounds, with some species weighing up to 1000 pounds.

HABITAT:
Found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide

COOL FACT:
Get their name from their large heads; feed on jellies, crabs, conch, and other shellfish; only natural predators are sharks and people

ON EXHIBIT:
Ocean Realm - Zone A

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Ocean Realm is home to Loggerhead Sea Turtles, including everyone’s favorite: Bob, a female Loggerhead that can often be seen greeting guests in front of the viewing window.  Adult Loggerheads average around 36 inches long when fully grown and weigh about 300 pounds with the largest specimens weighing in around 1,000 pounds. Their skin ranges from yellow to brown in color, with a reddish-brown shell.

Loggerheads are native to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Mediterranean Sea. They spend most of their life in saltwater, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs. In addition, Loggerheads are omnivorous, feeding mainly on bottom dwelling invertebrates. Their large and powerful jaws serve as an effective tool for dismantling their prey. Did you know? The loggerhead has a greater list of known prey than any other sea turtle. Other food items include sponges, coral, sea pens and more.