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Florida has the largest concentration of nests, but their numbers have declined from 85,988 in 1998 to just over 45,000 in 2007. This number represents approximately 35-40% of the world population. Loggerhead Sea Turtles need soft, sandy beaches to nest where there is little to no light, because hatchlings usually follow the brightest light, and lighting at beach homes can lead them away from the ocean and to certain death. Historically, Loggerheads were intensively hunted for their meat and eggs, along with their fat, which was used in cosmetics and medication. The Loggerhead shell was also prized for making items such as decorative combs and jewelry.