The Loggerhead turtle is present in all oceans and is the most abundant species in the Mediterranean. The main nesting beaches are in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Tunisia and Libya.

Loggerheads with an average weight of 90-150 kg have a reddish-grey oval shell of an average length of 90-100 cm, with dented edges and a yellow coloured plastron (underside). The large robust head gives it its common English name.

The species feeds mainly on crustaceans (crabs and the like) sponges, molluscs and other invertebrates and mature at the age of 30-35 years with mature males possessing a longer tail and claw-shaped nails on the front flippers to be able to hold on the female during mating.

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