How many loggerhead turtles are left in the world?


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Scientists estimate that there are currently 200,000 loggerhead sea turtles left in the wild, although exact numbers are difficult to track. As of 2014, they are considered an endangered species and are listed as such on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List.

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Even with protections in place to keep loggerheads safe, scientists that track these sea turtles are noting a marked decline in population. Loggerhead sea turtles are found in every ocean except the Arctic Ocean, which is too cold for them. Loggerheads are the largest of all hardshell turtles and have a lifespan of approximately 50 years in the wild. Female loggerheads return to the same place where they hatched to hatch their own young, even if it means traveling thousands of miles.

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