Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Laura Beth Peters and Lainie Stubblefield

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit one of the Florida, South Carolina or North Carolina beaches that border the Atlantic ocean in the summer months, you may have seen areas taped off for the protection of sea turtle hatchlings. On this episode we will discuss the endangered species of loggerhead sea turtles that often grace our southern beaches.

Each year between May and August, female loggerheads leave their ocean home to nest on the coast. They dig a large hole in the dry area of the beach near the sand dunes, deposit an average of 117 eggs and then cover up the nest to protect it from predators. It is believed that they nest on the beach where they were hatched even decades earlier! Resources Mentioned:

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