Loggerhead sea turtles have a hard shell and flippers made for swimming. They cannot retract their head or flippers like most land turtles.
They spend most of their life in the ocean or shallow coastal waters. The juveniles can be found along the wrack line, about 40-50 miles from shore where smaller organisms can survive in the large floating mass of algae and vegetation.
Dr. Michael Brothers released these two sea turtles in the wrack line after he raised them at the Marine Science Center. There were other mammals, birds, and fish spotted on my first pelagic birding trip.
Lat: 29.41, Long: -79.81
Spotted on Jul 24, 2016
Submitted on Jun 17, 2018