Loggerhead Turtles on Karsiyaka Beach – 5/9/2011

As always an exciting experience we decided to watch the release of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) on Karsiyaka Beach last night. Female turtles often return thousands of miles to lay their eggs on the beach and this year a male accompanied one of the females, on her back. The chances of a turtle making this return journey is thousands-to-one as many  die very soon after they leave the beach, prey to gulls or end up in fishing nets.

The Loggerhead Turtle can be extremely long lived animal, with the oldest recorded age at over 190 years old. In the wild they can expect to live at least 30 years, but often more. A fully grown Loggerhead can reach up to 42 inches in length and 800 pounds, making them one of the largest amphibians in the ocean. At maturity the turtle can submerge himself for seven hours before needing air, and he only needs to surface for seven minutes to fill up his air supply.

Anyway, here is a short video of last night’s release

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