Sea Turtle Nesting  
This gallery contains photos of sea turtle tracks and nesting, on Singer Island, Florida.

Sea turtles spend most of their lives in the water, where not much information can be gathered on their behavior. Most of what is known about sea turtle behavior is obtained by observing hatchlings and females that leave the water to lay eggs. Sea turtles, like salmon, will return to the same nesting grounds at which they were born. When females come to the shore they dig out a nest in the ground with their back flippers, bury their clutch of eggs and return to the ocean. After hatching, the young may take as long as a week to dig themselves out of the nest. They emerge at night, move toward the ocean and remain there, solitary, until it is time to mate. Reproduction Temperature: Temperatures of the sand where the turtles nest determine the sex of the turtle: below 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately male; above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately female. Mating Season: March-October depending on the species. Gestation: 6-10 weeks. Clutch size: Between 70-190 eggs depending on the species. When the young hatch out of their eggs, they make their way to the ocean. Few survive to adulthood.

Weight: Adult Loggerhead sea turtle has a weigh about 159 kg, which equals to 350 pounds. Diet: Loggerhead sea turtles eat meat and forage for shellfish that live in the deep ocean. They also eat invertebrates such as horseshoe crabs, clams, mussels, and others. Their jaw muscles are powerful enough to crush shellfish with ease. Habitat: They like eating regularly in places like coastal bays and estuaries, and the shallow water along the continental shelves of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Nesting: Loggerheads nest every 2, 3, or more years. They lay 4 to 7 times every season, at an interval of about 12 to 14 days. They lay between 100 and 126 eggs averagely in every nest. The time needed for the eggs to incubate is about 60 days.

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