Skip Navigation


Home Browse Resources Submission Instructions About Help Advanced Search

Hatchling loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) on a beach in South Carolina

Photo of a hatchling loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) on a beach in South Carolina. Female loggerheads lay their eggs on land and juveniles, such as the one pictured here, migrate from the beach into the ocean. Unlike their adult counterparts that have red shells, juvenile sea turtles have dark-brown shells. This hatchling measured 5 cm (2 inches) long, which is average for the species.
Cumulative Rating: (not yet rated)
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.
Resource Group Link
Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords marine reptile, human impacts, beaches, hatchlings, migration, mating strategy, life cycle, conservation, IUCN
Key taxa Caretta caretta, Loggerhead
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
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.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation CoastalAmerica
Primary Author email
Submitter Name Arturo Herrera
Submitter Email
Rights Arturo Herrera
Date Of Record Submission 2011-05-04

Resource Comments

(no comments available yet for this resource)

Log In: