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Loggerhead Turtles Swim to Safety (Images)

Swimming to safety

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(Image 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 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.

Taking a dive

Loggerhead turtle and fish shoal

(Image credit: Oceana/Juan Ceutos)

A loggerhead turtle is followed by a fish shoal.

Time for a breather

Loggerhead turtle at surface

(Image credit: Oceana/Carlos Minguell)

A loggerhead turtle at the surface getting air.

Starting the journey

Loggerhead sea turtle hatchling

(Image credit: Oceana/Cory Wilson)

A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling (Caretta caretta) heading to sea in Bald Head Island, N.C.

Hey, there!

Loggerhead turtle swimming

(Image credit: Oceana/Tim Calver)

A loggerhead sea turtle swimming in the Rivera Maya in Mexico.

Home once again

Loggerhead turtle nesting

(Image credit: Oceana/Jeff Janowski)

A loggerhead nesting on Bald Head Island, N.C.

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