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The Habitat of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle

by Kandra Sperling
  • Overview

    The Habitat of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    The Habitat of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    Although classified as an endangered species, loggerhead turtles are the most populous of all turtle species in United States waters, according to National Geographic. Loggerheads can be found in almost every ocean in the world, and their habitat encompasses three ecosystems.
  • Terrestrial Zone

    A loggerhead begins its life in the terrestrial zone. Most loggerheads nest on Atlantic coast beaches of the United States, the western rim of the Indian Ocean, and the Omani coastline.
 
  • Oceanic Zone

    After birth, little loggerhead hatchlings make their way to the sea. Some may spend months near shore caught up in seaweed. Others are quickly swept out into the open waters beyond the continental shelf.
  • Neritic Zone

    The neritic zone, which involves marine waters from the low-tide line to the edge of the continental shelf, otherwise known as near-shore coastal waters, is habitat for loggerhead juveniles between seven and 12 years of age.
  • In-Shore Water Habitats

    Loggerheads can also be found in bays, coral reef lagoons, salt marshes and shipping channels where food is abundant. Florida Bay is a prominent feeding area.
  • Pacific Ocean Ranges

    Loggerheads have been reported as far north as Alaska and as far south as Chile in Eastern Pacific waters, with most sightings occurring off the California coastline, according to the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.
  • Atlantic Ocean Ranges

    When loggerheads in the Atlantic are not nesting, they can be found in habitats ranging from the Canadian Island of Newfoundland to Argentina and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.

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