Average life span in the wild: More than 50 years (est.)
Size: 36 in (90 cm)
Weight: 253 lbs (115 kg)
Protection status: Endangered
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:
Did you know?
Sea turtles can move through the water at speeds of up to 15 mi (24 km) per hour.
Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters. But persistent population declines due to pollution, shrimp trawling, and development in their nesting areas, among other factors, have kept this wide-ranging seagoer on the threatened species list since 1978.
Their enormous range encompasses all but the most frigid waters of the world's oceans. They seem to prefer coastal habitats, but often frequent inland water bodies and will travel hundreds of miles out to sea.
They are primarily carnivores, munching jellyfish, conchs, crabs, and even fish, but will eat seaweed and sargassum occasionally.
Mature females will often return, sometimes over thousands of miles, to the beach where they hatched to lay their eggs. Worldwide population numbers are unknown, but scientists studying nesting populations are seeing marked decreases despite endangered species protections.
National Save The Sea Turtle Foundation