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.
A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling (Caretta caretta) heading to sea in Bald Head Island, N.C.
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Credit: Oceana/Tim Calver
A loggerhead sea turtle swimming in the Rivera Maya in Mexico.
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Home once again
Credit: Oceana/Jeff Janowski
A loggerhead nesting on Bald Head Island, N.C.
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