Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtles have a very large and thick head which resembles a log (where the turtle gets its name). This species is very important to the ecosystem for several reasons. For example they as these turtles feed on invertebrates the shells pass through their systems and fall back to the ocean floor then becoming a source of calcium for other animals. They also provide shelter with over 100 species being found living on the shells of Loggerheads.

Size

There can be a huge variety of size when it comes to Loggerhead Turtles. On average these turtles grow to about 3 feet or 1 meter long and weigh in at 250lbs/113kg, but Loggerheads that weigh more than 1000lbs have been found.

Feeding

These turtles are primarily carnivorous, using their strong jaws to crush conch and crabs. Though they have been known to eat jellyfish, sponges, or even seaweed.

Nesting

Loggerheads can nest year round but is typically most active in the summer months. Generally females build 3-5 nests per season of around 130 eggs in each nest, totaling 35 pounds or almost 16 kilograms of eggs.

Fun Facts

  • The primary threat to Loggerheads at this time is being bycatch for fisheries.
  • This is currently the most common sea turtle species in the waters of the United States, but is very rare to see on St. Maarten.
Photo by Leslie Hickerson of Loggerhead Turtle at dive site Proselyte, SXM

Learn more about Loggerhead Turtles from our sources:

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/june15/sea-turtles.html
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/l/loggerhead-sea-turtle/
https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/loggerhead-turtle