Loggerhead Sea Turtle

The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle in Florida. Adult loggerheads can weigh up to 200 pounds. Loggerhead sea turtles spend most of their lives swimming in oceans, bays and estuaries, except when it is time to make a nest and lay eggs. From the beginning of May through the end of October, the sandy beaches along the coast become nesting areas for endangered and threatened sea turtles. Every three to four years, the female loggerhead will return to the nesting place where she herself was hatched.

Unfortunately, many of the nesting beaches along the coast have been altered because of development. When this happens, other nesting places must be established. When the eggs have hatched, the tiny hatchlings use the moon’s reflection off the sea to race for the safety of the water.

To help protect these creatures, follow these tips:

Finally, remember that only qualified individuals are allowed to relocate or dig into nests or handle adults, hatchlings and eggs.

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