Abstract

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) feed predominantly on marine crustaceans, mollusks, and other hard-shelled macroinvertebrates. In this note, we report on a subadult loggerhead observed to be feeding on live fish swarming around the turtle in a prey-fish ball. The observation suggests that loggerheads occasionally prey upon certain pelagic fish species other than those encountered as carrion or fishing bait, and may explain accounts of turtles impaled by billfish (Istiophoridae) rostra.

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