In the Sandy Bay, West End, West Bay Marine Park, we have the great fortune to see turtles on an almost daily basis. The green turtles and hawksbill are so abundant in the reserve that a few turtles may be found on a single dive or snorkel. But last tuesday in the shallows at the Turtle Crossing area i was surprised by a Loggerhead Turtle!
These turtles have a massive head with powerful jaws used to feed on shellfish (conch, clams and crabs). It has a wider range and travels further than either Greens or Hawksbills and unlike the previous two, it mates during migration. They reach maturity at around 35 years of age, and individuals have been known to live over 100 years. It is believed that Loggerheads spend their early years hiding out among the floating seaweeds of the Sargasso Sea.
Hopefully it will stay for a while on the neighborhood, I will keep you posted.