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Caretta caretta,Port Elizabeth 2008, Copyright Johan Swanepoel

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Caretta caretta 
Unechte Karettschildkröte 
Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Reptilia (Class) > Testudines (Order) > Cheloniidae (Family) > Caretta (Genus) > caretta (Species) 
Initial determination:
(Linnaeus, ), 1758 
Guatemala, Mauritania, India, Myanmar, West Sahara, Israel, Sudan, Cameroon, Togo, Costa Rica, Uruguay, the Ivory Coast, French Guiana, Cuba, Gulf of Oman / Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Sint Eustatius and Saba, Western Australia, Venezuela, Yemen, Tansania, Chile, Niue, Congo, The Gulf of Guinea, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Benin, Namibia, Vietnam, Jamaica, Suriname, Brunei Darussalam, the Netherlands Antilles, Djibouti, Pakistan, Columbia, Eritrea, Portugal, Kuwait, Guadeloupe, Senegal, Austral Islands, Hong Kong, Somalia, Barbados, Mozambique, Irak, South Australia, New South Wales (Australia), Cambodia, Quatar, El Salvador, Peru, Tokelau, São Tomé e Principé, Straße von Gibralta, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate, Nigeria, the Canary Islands, Panama, Tunesien, Puerto Rico, Comores, Gabon, Saint Barthélemy, Liberia, Alaska, Algeriet, Andamanhavet, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua og Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Australien, Azorerne, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Brasilien, Britiske Jomfruøer, Britiske øer, Canada, Cayman øerne, Dominica, Dominikanske republik, Egypten, Europæiske kyster, Fiji, Filippinerne, Flores, Fransk Polynesien, Hawaii, Honduras, Indiske ocean, Indo Stillehavet, Indonesien, Japan, Kap Verde, Kenya, Kina, Korea, Madagascar, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritius , Mexikanske golf, Mexiko (Øst Pacific), Middelhavet, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Ny Kaledonien, Papua NeuGuinea , Påskeøen, Queensland, Ryukyu øerne, Saint Kitts og Nevis, Salomonøerne, Seychellerne, Singapore, Spanien, Sri Lanka, St. Vincent og Grenadinerne, Syd Afrika, Taiwan, Timor, Trinidad og Tobago, Turks og Caicos øerne, USA, Vestlige Atlanterhav, Virgin Islands, U.S., Ækvator, Østlige Atlanterhav 
Sea depth:
0 - 200 Meter 
100 cm - 200 cm 
12°C - 27°C 
Blæksprutte, Jellyfish, Skaldyr, Søpindsvin 
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Not available as offspring 
Toxic hazard unknown 
Appendix I (trade generally prohibited)) 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life
Last edit:
2020-03-10 08:33:20 


The Loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta, can be found worldwide in all tropical and subtropical oceans. It is the most common species of sea turtles, which doesn't change the fact that it is an endangered species. Single specimens can reach a carapace length of up to 2 meters and weigh up to 200 kg.

The animals feed on crustaceans, cephalopods, echinoderms, vegetable matter and paricularly jellyfish, as can be seen in the images in this article. The main picture shows for example an adult Caretta caretta eating a jellyfish of the species Mastigias roseus and the second image shows a freshly hatched sea turtle hunting a jellyfish (presumably from the family Ulmaridae). Both pictures have been provided by Heinz Mahler.

It is common knowledge nowadays that sea turtles burry their eggs on land and that freshly hatched turtles crawl back into the sea, we just mention it here for the sake of completeness.

External links

  1. Eastern Cape Scuba Diving (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  2. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  3. Schildkröten verwechseln Geruch von Plastik mit Nahrung (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  4. SeaLifeBase (multi). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  5. Wikipedia (de). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.
  6. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) (en). Abgerufen am 19.08.2020.



Caretta caretta,Port Elizabeth 2008, Copyright Johan Swanepoel
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