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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Datum izida:9/26/2013 10:00:00 PM
Oblikovanje:Matjaž Učakar
Motiv:Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Tisk:Cartor Security Printing S. A., France
Izvedba:4-colour offset in sheets of 25 stamps + thermography with sea salt
Papir:102 gms gummed
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Zobčanje:Harrow 13 : 13 1/4
Ilustracija:Matjaž Učakar
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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

<p>A marine reptile with a shell divided into two sections&#58; the<br>upper section or carapace and the lower section or plastron.<br>Identifying this species is very easy because its carapace is<br>made up of five pairs of costal plates or scutes. The upper<br>shell is a red-brown colour, while the lower shell is yellow. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>The loggerhead sea turtle can live for more than 80 years. It </p><p>can grow to a length of more than 100 cm and can weigh more</p><p>than 200 kg. It reaches sexual maturity at between 20 and 30</p><p>years old. Like all sea turtles, the loggerhead comes ashore </p><p>every few years to lay between 80 and 150 eggs in warm, damp</p><p>sand. It can lay three to four clutches in a single nesting year. </p><p>&#160;</p><p>Turtles do not have teeth. The loggerhead has powerful jaws </p><p>and a horny beak which it uses to dismember or crush prey. </p><p>The loggerhead is a carnivore. It feeds on sponges, jellyfish,</p><p>crabs, molluscs and fish. The shells of loggerheads are often </p><p>covered with barnacles. Turtles breathe through lungs and </p><p>must come to the surface for air every hour or so.<br></p><p>The loggerhead is cold-blooded. With the onset of winter,<br>the loggerhead becomes less active and migrates from the<br>Northern Adriatic to warmer seas. The loggerhead sea turtle<br>can be found in warm coastal waters throughout the world.<br></p><p>Like all species of sea turtles, the loggerhead is an </p><p>endangered species because of the destruction of the </p><p>sandy beaches on which they nest, tourism, pollution of </p><p>the sea with rubbish, and accidental entanglement in</p><p>fishing gear such as trawls, onglines and anchored nets.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Authors&#58; Vanja Bončina and Valter Žiža</p><p>&#160;</p><i><font size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><font size="1" face="ApexNew-BookItalic"><p>&#160;</p></i></font></font>