What do loggerhead turtles eat?
Loggerheads are carnivores, meaning they eat mostly other animals. The baby loggerheads feed on small animals living in the seaweed called sargassum, where they spend early years. Adult loggerheads eat mostly bottom dwelling invertebrates such as whelks, other mollusks, horseshoe crabs, and sea urchins.
Primarily carnivorous during most of their lives. Hatchlings often eat sponges, jellyfishes, sargassum weed, small gastropods and crustaceans. Juveniles, sub-adults and adults feed upon conch, clams, as well as other crustaceans. They have powerful jaws that enable them to easily crush the hard shells of their prey. During migration through the open sea, loggerheads eat jellyfishes, pteropods, floating mollusks, floating egg clusters, squids and flying fishes.
All types of sharks, specificlly Great White Sharks, eat loggerhead sea turtles. Tiger Sharks are also a predator of the loggerhead sea turtle. When loggerheads go above the surface of the water to get a breath of air, they take a long two minutes to replenish their oxygen supply. During this time, a shark(usually a tiger shark) will take advantage of the turtle and eat it then and there.
Green sea turtles eat sea grass and algae. They are mainly carnivorous as babies (they will eat fish) and adapt a more herbivorous diet as they age. Hawks bill sea turtles have jaws shaped to help them get food out of crevices in reefs. They eat squid, sponges, tunicates, shrimp, etc. Loggerhead sea turtles and the riddley sea turtles have more powerful jaws designed to crush. They eat crabs, mollusks, shrimp, jellyfish, and vegetation. Leatherback…