Pacific loggerheads regularly travel over 7,500 miles between their

nesting beaches in Japan and their feeding grounds in Mexico.

Size  34 to 49 inches long

Diet  Crabs, mollusks, shrimps, jellies and even horseshoe crabs

Lifespan  At least 30 years, and possibly up to 50 years or more

Range  Tropical and temperate regions in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans

Habitat  Coastal waters around the world, especially in

the U.S., Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico

Predators  Herons, weasels, cats, dogs, raccoons, crabs and more eat eggs and
hatchlings. Sharks and other large fishes prey on juveniles and adults. Humans

threaten them with fishing activities and coastal development.

Relatives  There are seven species of sea turtles: green, loggerhead,
Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flat back and leatherback.

Family life  Female loggerheads can nest up to seven times in a season, laying up to 126 eggs each time.

Conservation status  Endangered   Loggerheads face major threats such as accidental bycatch in fishing gear, boat activities such as dredging the ocean floor, and human intrusion on their nesting beaches.

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