Loggerhead Sea Turtle Caretta caretta (Linnaeus, 1758)G3 (Globally rare/local)  -  Threatened (Federal)  -  Threatened (MD)  -  S1B (Highly state rare breeder)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Reptilia   >   Order Testudines   >   Family Cheloniidae   >   Genus Caretta   


Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) occurs uncommonly in nearshore and offshore oceanic waters, and juveniles are sometimes sighted in the Chesapeake or coastal bays of Worcester Co. Additionally, Loggerheads have been found nesting occasionally on Maryland beaches in coastal Worcester County. This federally threatened species is ranked as S1 (highly state rare) in Maryland, and is categorized as state-threatened. Please report any nesting attempts to Maryland DNR and do not disturb them (Maryland DNR site).

There are 28 records in the project database.

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A Loggerhead Sea Turtle far offshore in Maryland waters (11/16/2013). Photo by George Jett. (MBP list)

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle in Maryland waters (8/16/2008). Photo by Steve Collins. (MBP list)

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle in Massachusetts waters (8/25/2012). Photo by Marshall Iliff. (MBP list)

A Loggerhead Sea Turtle east of West Atlantis Canyon, Massachusetts (7/16/2011). Photo by Jeremiah Trimble. (MBP list)

A young Loggerhead Sea Turtle near Charleston, South Carolina (8/21/2012). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)

Loggerhead Sea Turtle hatchlings at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia (2011). Photo by USFWS Northeast . (MBP list)

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