Mount Saint-√Čtienne slopes natural area (Photo by NCC)

Mount Saint-√Čtienne slopes natural area (Photo by NCC)

Loggerhead sea turtle (Photo by Brian Gratwicke)

Loggerhead sea turtle (Photo by Brian Gratwicke)

Loggerhead sea turtle

This is the second-largest species of turtle in the world.

Identification

The loggerhead sea turtle is second only in size to the leatherback. This species can grow up to two metres in length. The carapace of the loggerhead is reddish-brown and composed of visually distinctive scutes.

Range and habitat

Canadian distribution of loggerhead sea turtle (Map by NCC)

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In Canada, loggerhead sea turtles have only been seen off of the Atlantic coast, although their range includes both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They have been spotted as far as 240 kilometres off-shore.

Conservation status

This species is endangered.

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