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Loggerheads are the most common species of sea turtle. These mellow giants, which can weigh up to 400 pounds, enjoy the temperate and sub-tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.  
Credit: OCEANA / Juan Cuetos 
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Female loggerheads nest on dimly lit shores throughout the world every two to three years. Hatchlings like these emerge from their shells after 60 days, usually at night, and follow the brightest light from the shore to the ocean's edge.  
Credit: Jalisco Secretariat of Tourism 
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The leatherback's rubbery, leather-like shell distinguishes it from its brethren. They're also the largest of all sea turtles, reaching lengths of around six feet and weighing as much as 1,100 pounds. Highly endangered, scientists estimate fewer than 30,000 female leatherbacks remain.  
Credit: OCEANA / David Palange 
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Olive Ridley sea turtles are small, usually weighing less than 100 pounds, and are typically found in the Pacific and Indian oceans, along the Atlantic coasts of West Africa and South America.  
Credit: OCEANA / David Palange 
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Most frequently found in tropical regions of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, the Hawksbill habitat of choice is coral reefs. Mass harvesting of hawksbills for their valuable shells has endangered the species.  
Credit: OCEANA / Houssine Kaddachi 
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Distributed in tropical and sub-tropical waters around the globe, green sea turtles like this one are the only herbivorous sea turtle. (They are also the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles, averaging about 440 pounds at maturity.)  
Credit: OCEANA / Houssine Kaddachi 
 
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