Loggerhead Turtle
Crawling on Beach



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Loggerhead Turtle Crawling Ashore

Selecting a course and crawling from the surf to the nesting site, sea turtles are at an extreme disadvantage on land since they normally have water buoyancy to support them as they breathe.

Loggerhead Turtle on Beach ©M. Timothy O'Keefe   www.FloridaWildlifeViewing.com

On shore, a sea turtle's weight is distributed on the ventral surface, which makes it difficult for them to breathe. While slowly crawling to the nesting site, the turtle will often raise its head as if looking around.

At this point, as well as when the sea turtle is first emerging from the water, lights or motion will often cause the turtle to return to the water. It still might come ashore at another point on the beach, or it might postpone nesting for a night or two.

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