Thursday, March 11, 2010

Loggerhead Turtles May Move From Threatened to Endangered

via Global Adventures

Scientists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have proposed to re-classify the loggerhead sea turtle’s designation from “threatened” to the more critical “endangered” category. Environmental groups say that the proposal could be a turning point leading to greater protection.

Adult loggerhead sea turtles weigh from 170 pounds (77 kg) to 350 pounds (159 kg) and measure 31 inches (79 cm) to 45 inches (114 cm). The greatest concentration of loggerheads is along the southeastern coast of North America and in the Gulf of Mexico, but they are common throughout the temperate and tropical zones around the globe.

Photo: Global Adventures

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