Loggerhead Sea Turtles Endangered

Loggerhead turtle (closeup)

Loggerhead turtle (closeup) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pacific Loggerhead Sea Turtles Declared Endangered

In honor of the title of this blog, I thought I’d start with a general article about Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) turtles being endangered. This article is from Sept 16, 2011 when Obama declared the North Pacific Loggerhead endangered. There are nine distinct Loggerhead populations, five of which are listed as endangered according to this article. Without intense conservation efforts by the general public, government agencies, private companies, and wildlife agencies, the number will probably increase and soon include all nine.

Fun Fact: There are seven different types of sea turtles: Loggerhead, Green, Kemp’s Ridley, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Flatback, and Hawksbill. All are listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (According to Wikipedia, this is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the conservation status of the planet’s animals. You can find out almost any animals conservation status on it! It ranges from “Least Concern” to “Extinct.”)  However, the Flatback sea turtle is data deficient, so its full status is not currently known.

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