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Up to six turtle species have been identified in the Canaries, the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) being the most prolific. Local coastal areas provide a source of food and an area of development for juveniles and subadults, proceeding from American and Cape Verde nesting populations. Their diet is mostly carnivorous, based on molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, fish and jellyfish – the latter often confused with floating plastic bag refuse. Loggerhead turtles have been catalogued as being endangered in both community waters and worldwide.