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
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,
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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