Like other sea turtle species, the loggerhead leaves the sea in order to construct its nest and lay its eggs. They usually return to the beach where they hatched, dig a pit in the sand, and then deposit the eggs within. They then bury the eggs and head back to the sea.
After about 80 days, the eggs hatch, and the hatchlings must dig through the sand and make their way to the ocean. This typically happens at night. The newly hatched turtles scurry toward the reflection of the moon on the surface of the water, and artificial light can sometimes confuse turtles into going the wrong way.
The journey to the sea is very perilous, and many young turtles may fall victim to predation from seabirds, crabs, foxes and other predators. Once they reach the sea, hatchlings will often conceal themselves amongst a floating seaweed called sargassum to help avoid predators.