Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle

Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) turtle
© Najmeddine Bradai

Loggerhead turtles are be found throughout the Mediterranean region, with nesting activity concentrated in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean basin and mostly in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus1.

Monitoring programs of loggerhead turtle nesting have recorded about 8.500 – 11.600 nests laid each year across the Mediterranean, corresponding to approximately 1.800 females nesting per year1. A female can lay up to five nests per season, depositing on average 110 eggs per nest.

Loggerhead turtles reach sexual maturity between the ages of 16 to 28 (Casale et al., 2011) years and mate every two to three years in coastal waters. They then return to nest on the very same beach where they were hatched, called the “natal beach”.

1. *Hochscheid et al. (2018). Sea Turtles in the Mediterranean Region: MTSG Annual Regional Report.



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