Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sea Turtle update




Loggerhead sea turtles spend their whole lives out at sea. According to NOAA, loggerheads are found throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are the most abundant species of sea turtle found in U.S. coastal waters, with the majority of nesting found from North Carolina through Southwest Florida. While they are the most abundant sea turtle, they are still registered on the Endangered Animals list as nesting data shows a decline in population.

Adult female sea turtles only leave the water every two to three years to lay their eggs along sandy beaches. This does not occur until they are between 7 and 12 years of age. Male sea turtles, on the other hand, never come ashore. The only time they spend on land is during their incubation period, buried under the sand. Once they hatch, they scurry towards the ocean; their permanent home.

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