Loggerhead Sea Turtle

(Caretta caretta)

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Ocean Realm
IUCN Conservation Status
Endangered (EN)


Coastal bays and estuaries (Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Oceans)


Size: 2.5-3.5 feet

Weight: 155-375 lbs.

Lifespan: 70-80+ years


Shellfish, clams, mussels, and other invertebrates

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Loggerhead sea turtles are known for their massive heads, strong jaws, and reddish-brown heart-shaped shells. Loggerheads are primarily carnivores, using their strong jaws to crush invertebrates such as conchs, bivalves, and horseshoe crabs. The Loggerhead is considered a “keystone species,” which means that other animals in its ecosystem depend on it for survival as they help to maintain balance and support biodiversity.

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