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Greece is their favourite spot in the Mediterranean

Greece hosts about 60% of loggerhead turtle nests in the Mediterranean, including the two most important nesting sites: Laganas Bay on Zakynthos island and Kyparissiakos Bay in the Peloponnese.
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Loggerhead Turtle, swimming in open sea. Zákinthos, Lagana Bay Greece.
© Michel Gunther / WWF

​Loggerhead turtles are powerful animals

Their large heads support powerful jaw muscles, allowing them to crush hard-shelled prey like clams and sea urchins.
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Released Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), one of the activities of the WWF Spain A Fondo Campaign to preserve Loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean Sea. Gandía, Valencia, Spain
© Isaac VEGA / WWF

They come back to their place of birth

Female marine turtles return to lay their eggs at the same beach they were born. To find the beach, they use the Earth's magnetic field as a guide.
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Loggerhead turtle
© © Joakim Odelberg / WWF-Greece

Getting out of the nest

Digging out of the nest is a group effort that can take several days. Baby turtles follow the light of the horizon for orientation and to reach the water. Unfortunately, only 1 in 1,000 baby turtles makes it to adulthood.
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Loggerhead turtles
© Charikleia Minotou / WWF Greece