In honor of World Turtle Day, yes it’s a thing, let’s learn more about the Palm Beach’s favorite reptile: the Loggerhead Turtle.
Loggerhead turtles are named for their large heads that support powerful jaw muscles, allowing them to crush hard-shelled prey like clams and sea urchins. They are less likely to be hunted for their meat or shell compared to other sea turtles. The accidental capture of marine animals in fishing gear, is a serious problem for loggerhead turtles, which are endangered, because they frequently come in contact with fisheries.
Institutions like the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach have a variety of conservation programs which are working to protect Loggerheads and other turtle species which next along the Palm Beach coast. Click here to learn how you can help.
World Turtle Day
The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.