© 2005 Honor Marks
Loggerhead Turtle Eggs
(Caretta caretta)
Federal Endangered Species
oil on canvas
22" x 28"

"We are talking about God. What wonder is it that you do not understand? If you do understand, then it is not God." -Saint Augustine

Loggerhead turtles can weigh as much as 350 pounds and grow to three feet in length. The females come ashore to nest between April and September laying their eggs and returning to the sea the same night. Their eggs hatch 50 to 70 days later and the baby turtles run for the ocean. Years later females return to the same beach where they were hatched to lay their own eggs. Loggerhead turtles are threatened in large part due to human development and activity on beaches that have been nesting areas for thousands of years.