loggerhead sea turtle inhabit continental shelves, bays, lagoons,
and estuaries in temperate and tropical waters around the world.
They have large heads and crushing jaws, which they use for feeding
on mollusk and crustaceans. Hatchlings are two inches long and adult
loggerheads weigh between 200 and 350 pounds and measure up to three
feet in length. In the United States, loggerhead nesting occurs
on Florida beaches and to a lesser extent in South Carolina, Georgia,
and North Carolina. The loggerhead sea turtle was listed at a threatened
species in 1978. One of the chief threats to loggerhead turtles
continues to be incidental capture in fishing activities.