The Bay of Laganas, located on the South West coast of Zakynthos, Zante in
Greek, is considered to be the largest nesting ground in the Mediterranean for the
Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtle.Caretta Caretta turtles in Zakynthos are the largest hard-shelled
turtle in the world.
Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) have been on earth for
250 million years and are contemporaries of the earliest
dinosaurs. The species, as with all sea turtles is endangered.
Each summer hundreds of Loggerheads return to Zakynthos to mate
and lay their eggs on the beaches in Laganas Bay.
The brood contains about 120 eggs and for the ones that hatch
(60%) it takes about 50 days.
The younglings once out move towards the sea following the
horizon and the moonlight reflected in the water.
Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles are the world's most-studied
and well-known sea-turtle. An adult loggerhead turtles weigh
between 77 and 160 kg, and measures between 31 to 45 inches long.
Their shell is a golden brown colour, with skin tones from yellow to
Marathonissi (Turtle Island)
Vasilis Saleas - Olon
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