Sea Turtles

Three species of sea turtles can be found in Oregon's coastal waters.

Types of Sea Turtles

Loggerhead turtle

Loggerhead turtle

Named for their relatively large head, adult loggerhead turtles can weigh 250 pounds and be three feet in length. 

Photo from naturalhistoryman, Flickr

Green sea turtle

Green turtle

The largest of hard-shelled sea turtles, the green turtle weighs 300 to 350 pounds as an adult, and feeds primarily on sea grasses and algae. Strictly herbivores, green sea turtles are named for their greenish-colored fat.

Photo by Dave Budeau, ODFW

Leatherback turtle

Leatherback turtle

Proposed critical habitat for this endangered species includes Oregon waters. 

Photo by Alistair Rae, Flickr