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Loggerhead Turtle (baby)

Caretta caretta


Classified as endangered by the IUCN, the loggerhead is the world's largest hard-shelled marine turtle. It grows to an average size of 90cm long and 135kg. These turtles have an average lifespan of 47-67 years but a low reproductive rate with females laying an average of four clutches of eggs over their lifetime.


Found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. It spends most of its life in saltwater and estuarine habitats, with females briefly coming ashore to lay eggs.


I was walking along my local beach this afternoon and was about to head back to the car when I noticed a crowd of people about a kilometre down the beach. I had to check it out... I walked down to see what was going on and found a tiny baby loggerhead turtle making its way to the ocean under the watchful eye of a Coolum District Coast Care Group volunteer and a large group of onlookers. These turtles make several nests along our beach each year, all of which are closely monitored by Coast Care volunteers, but this is the first time I have seen one coming down to the shore. I have included a shot of the Coast Care volunteer coaxing the turtle towards the water to give you a sense of scale. She told me that this little one was the last of its clutch and probably the weakest. It was tough going but I'm happy report that the little fella made it and swam off!

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31 Comments (1–25)

surekha 9 years ago

Congratulations Shanna!

jaymiesjarvis 9 years ago

so sweet!!!!!

Antonette Gabelich
Antonette Gabelich 9 years ago

Very nice!! :D

Arya 9 years ago

Congrats Shanna! Well deserved

Tiz 9 years ago

Right place at the right time! A big congratulations to this SOTD Shanna :)
Have a great day!

dotun55 9 years ago


RiekoS 9 years ago

Congratulations Shanna!

Shanna congrats again on the well deserved SOTD

ShannaB 9 years ago

Oh my goodness, thank you so much everyone! kd - it's definitely close to the end of nesting/hatching season. I think most of the babies are out now. This one was the last of its clutch, according to the Coast Care volunteer who was there.

bfpsroom211 9 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Congrats Shanna!

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Shanna on your SOTD

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Congratulations Shanna! Love everything about this spotting :)

kdpicturemaker 9 years ago

Well done Shanna. Must be getting close to end of nesting/hatching season in next month or so?

Congratulations on a super exciting spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations, Shanna - wonderful set of pics and lovely story! thanks for sharing this.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Yes definitely congrats Shanna. I love the shot that Karen put on FB - flipping along the water's edge. A real feel-good spotting. :)

KarenL 9 years ago

Congratulations Shanna! A tiny baby loggerhead turtle makes its way to the ocean in our spotting of the day!


Great spotting Shanna,very cool,congrats and thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Great series Shanna! Thanks for sharing :)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Go little guy! Wonderful series and notes Shanna.

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Fantastic! I just love this spotting Shanna. Congratulations. He's so beautiful :)

kdpicturemaker 9 years ago

You're so lucky to have seen this! Lovely images.

ShannaB 9 years ago

Thanks Mark, Kerry and Selma. It really was wonderful to see, I was very lucky. I like the shots where he's making his way down the beach to the water - there were lots of people standing around but with my long lens I was able to wade out into the surf a bit and get some good clear shots without people in them.

KerryHawkins 9 years ago

So lucky to have seen something this special Shanna. I have yet to see it but have it on my bucket list for sure! The series is fantastic

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Maroochydore, QLD, Australia

Spotted on Mar 2, 2014
Submitted on Mar 2, 2014

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