Gigantic loggerhead sea turtle approaches scuba diver for a close inspection
Belize is home to some of the most beautiful coral and most incredible marine animals on the planet. It is one of the world's tops dive destinations. And it is here that Loggerhead sea turtles come for breeding in the spring. These enormous animals can top out at over 440kg (1,000 lbs) and their shell can be large enough to completely fill the interior passenger area of a small car.
Scuba divers occasionally see these massive turtles as they scour the reef for conch shells that they crush in their powerful jaws to access the meat inside. They are also on the lookout for female turtles. During breeding seasons, they are likely to approach scuba divers rapidly to look them over and determine whether they could be competition or a potential mate.