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Juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in a plastic pail in South Carolina

Juvenile loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) in a plastic pail in South Carolina. Loggerheads are an endangered species, populations of which are declining in part due to human interference with their reproduction cycles. This hatchling was displayed to attendees during an educational event in South Carolina called Keep Light’s Out for Loggerheads. It was a straggler that was excavated from its nest on the beach. This photo was taken in the wild. Management programs such as this one in SC dig stragglers from the nest four days after the last hatchling track is noted. They collect the hatchlings and then exhume the nest, meaning they collect live hatchlings, count the broken eggshells of ones that already got out and count the dead hatchlings.
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Resource Group Biology and Conservation of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

This collection of images shows events associated with the reproduction of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) - a marine species with a worldwide distribution. Loggerheads are listed as Endangered on a worldwide basis. In the United States, loggerheads are listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act and are protected by federal and state laws. The loggerhead nesting population in the southeastern United States continues to decline, and conservation experts recommend that this species be reclassified from Threatened to Endangered.
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Keywords marine reptile, human impacts, beaches, hatchlings, migration, mating strategy, life cycle, conservation management strategies, threatened
Key taxa Caretta caretta, Loggerhead
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Pedagogical Use Description This series of images can be used in lectures dealing with marine biology, conservation biology, and herpetology. It can also be used in courses that take field trips to coastal locations where loggerheads nest. To promote active learning, it can be used to as a set-up piece to promote class discussion of human impacts on species, such as whether people should limit otherwise normal activities (having outdoor lighting) to prevent harm to a single natural species.
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Primary Author Affiliation CoastalAmerica
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Submitter Name Arturo
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Rights Arturo Herrera
Date Of Record Submission 2011-05-04

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