Loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta)

The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is found in coastal, tropical and sub-tropical waters, often moving into temperate waters in search of food.

Its smooth shell and paddle-like flippers help it to speed through the water at speeds of up to 24 kmph and it is able to hold its breath for up to three hours by slowing down its metabolism.

Only females come ashore to lay between 100 to 120 eggs at a time in holes which they dig above the waterline. Nesting takes place from January to March. Sex determination is dependent upon the incubation temperature, with cooler temperatures favouring males and warmer temperatures resulting in more females.