Finally! The long wait is over as 60 loggerhead turtles hatched early this morning at around 3am and made their way safely to the sea at Golden Bay. The mother turtle was noticed a few days ago laying the eggs and ever since environmentalists have kept a close watch on the area where the eggs were laid.
This turtle nesting came 4 years after another, unsuccessful nesting occured at a nearby beach, Gnejna Bay. Unfortunately those eggs never hatched.
The loggerhead sea turtle (scientific name: Caretta caretta), or loggerhead, is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world.
It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The average loggerhead measures around 90 cm long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 280 cm have been discovered.
The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kg, with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 450 kg (1,000 lb).
The skin ranges from yellow to brown in color, and the shell is typically reddish-brown. No external differences in gender are seen until the turtle becomes an adult, the most obvious difference being the adult males have thicker tails and shorter plastrons than the females.
The loggerhead sea turtle is omnivorous, feeding mainly on bottom-dwelling invertebrates. Its large and powerful jaws serve as an effective tool for dismantling its prey. Young loggerheads are exploited by numerous predators; the eggs are especially vulnerable to terrestrial organisms. Once the turtles reach adulthood, their formidable size limits predation to large marine animals, such as sharks.
Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Untended fishing gear is responsible for many loggerhead deaths. Turtles may also suffocate if they are trapped in fishing trawls.