Sea Turtle – Loggerhead

Sea Turtle – Loggerhead

The Loggerhead is named after its very large head, which looks like a big log. It is the largest species of hard-shelled turtle. From the time it is born to when it reaches its adult size, the Loggerhead will increase its weight by about 6,000 times. It also has a very thick beak and powerful jaws that it uses to open hard-shelled prey such as, clams, conchs, crabs, and sea urchins. Its heart-shaped carapace is often encrusted by a heavy growth of invertebrate fauna, such as barnacles.

STATUS
 Endangered
SCIENTIFIC NAME
 Caretta caretta
SIZE 115 meters
WEIGHT 90 kilos
HABITAT Coral reefs, lagoons, bays and shallow rocky areas.
DIET Hard-shelled molluscs, crustaceans as well as fish, jellyfish, and seaweeds.

 

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November 28, 2016