Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems.
The way loggerhead turtles feed, “digging” or “mining” the seabed searching for their hard-shelled prey, recycles important nutrients and keeps ocean floor sediments in balance.
They help maintain the health of coral reefs and seagrass beds.
They also carry colonies of small plants and animals on their shells which serve as important habitat themselves. One single loggerhead turtle can host as many as 100 species of animals and plants.