© Michel Gunther / WWF

Loggerhead turtles have been on earth for more than 100 million years.

They are protected by the EU Nature Directives but threats still exist.

Watch how determined they are to survive, like these baby turtles reaching
the sea right after getting out of the nest.

© Michel Gunther / WWF

My common name: Loggerhead turtle

My latin name: Caretta caretta

Population: It is difficult to keep track of us as males rarely return to shore once they hatch, and females return only to nest. Scientists estimate that there are between 1,000-5,000 loggerhead females in the Mediterranean.

My address: I live in subtropical latitudes such as the Mediterranean Sea, the Pacific, the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. 

My favourite food: I like to eat shellfish that live in the deep ocean. 

The main threats: Incidental capture (bycatch). In the Mediterranean over 132,000 turtles are caught in nets every year and over 44,000 die from incidental death. 

Climate change also poses a significant risk because of the increased temperature of the sand, which impacts the sex of baby turtles. It may result only in female hatchlings or in none at all.  Second, climate change brings rising sea levels, higher tides and more extreme weather events.  ​These can alter or destroy already fragile turtle nesting sites​

My way of life: I roll with the waves. My motto is ‘slowly but surely’.

Life span: I can live up to 100 years.

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