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    Loggerhead Turtle :: Turtle Species in Gran Canaria

    The loggerhead turtle is the second largest species of marine turtle and the one you are most likely to see.
    When you spot one, you will probably notice that it is encrusted with barnacles and other organisms.

    Underneath all of this encrustation is a reddish-brown carapace (shell).
    Other distinguishing features are its large head and strong jaws which enable it to eat seemingly impenetrable prey like the queen conch. Loggerhead turtles used to nest on the Canary Islands,
    the females returning to the places they were born to lay their eggs.

    However, in 2006, a plan was put into place to bring the loggerhead back to the islands.
    Now eggs are transported from Cape Verde to a nature reserve on Fuerteventura (one of the Canary Islands) where they are buried in the sand on Cofete Beach,
    and the hatchlings are taken care off until they are large enough to survive at sea.

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