Logger Head Turtle
Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant marine turtle species in US Waters; though their numbers are declining. They are the largest of all hard-shelled turtles and have massive heads, strong jaws, and a reddish-brown carapace, or shell. Adults can reach a shell length of about three feet and weigh about 250 pounds, but large loggerheads of more than 1,000 pounds have been found. Their diet is mostly carnivorous, consisting of jellyfish, conchs, crabs and fish, supplemented with seaweed and sargassum. To lay their young the females with sometimes travel over thousands of miles back to the beach where they were hatched.