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Loggerhead turtle

Caretta caretta

Description:

The average loggerhead measures around 90 centimeters (35 in) long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 270 centimeters (110 in) have been discovered. The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kilograms (300 lb), with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 454 kilograms (1,000 lb). The skin ranges from yellow to brown in color, and the shell is typically reddish-brown. There are no external differences in gender until the turtle becomes an adult, the most obvious difference being that adult males have thicker tails and shorter plastrons than the females.

Habitat:

Loggerhead sea turtles spend most of their lives in the open ocean and in shallow coastal waters. They rarely come ashore, with the exception of the females' brief visits to construct nests and deposit eggs.

Notes:

Largest turtle I have seen so far, saw him right before a nurse shark went by

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1 Comment

akamberg
akamberg 8 years ago

That thing is huge!

Jake Barnes
Spotted by
Jake Barnes

Mexico

Spotted on Jul 3, 2011
Submitted on Mar 31, 2012

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