Loggerhead Turtles Swim to Safety (Images)

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Swimming to safety

Credit: Oceana/Carlos Suarez
Oceana contributed these images to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Loggerhead turtles are some of the most threatened animals…Read More »

in U.S. waters. From birth through adulthood, the sea turtles face a wide range of threats from humans: oil slicks, fishing lines and nets, boaters, and even light pollution that disrupts the hatchlings' march to the sea.

However, last week their fortunes changed — the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made a joint announcement to designate 685 miles of beaches and more than 300,000 square miles of ocean as protected habitat, the largest protected "critical habitat" in the nation.

Read more about the new habitat protections in, “Largest-Ever U.S. Critical Habitat Set for Loggerheads,” and view stunning images of loggerheads in the gallery that follows.    Less «
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