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Loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead turtle

Please note: No loggerhead turtles are currently on display at the Two Oceans Aquarium, but are residents of our rehabilitation-and-release centre. Learn more about our sea turtle conservation efforts here.

The loggerhead turtle, which is the most common in southern Africa, has a reddish-brown carapace and a hooked beak. 

Adults reach a maximum mass of 125kg and measure up to 1.2m in length. 

Loggerheads feed predominantly on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs, which they crush with their powerful jaws. 

Females nest on the northern beaches of KwaZulu-Natal and lay 100 to 120 eggs every 15 days during summer.

The large turtle in the I&J Ocean Exhibit is a loggerhead turtle.

Download the documents below to read more about turtles.

(Photo: Jean Tresfon)
Females nest on the far northern beaches of KwaZulu-Natal
Feeds on sea urchins, molluscs and hermit crabs