The Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) is the most common of the sea turtles in the United States. They grow to be around 250 pounds and 3 feet in length. Loggerheads have remained on the "threatened" species list under US Federal protection since 1978 while they are listed as "endangered" internationally.
The Leatherback Sea Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is an endangered species. These are the largest of all of the sea turtles growing up to 7ft in length and weighing up to 2,000 lbs. In the summer of 2016, while fishing with his son off the coast of Stuart, FL, Smith witnessed a group of leatherback hatchlings making their maiden voyage into the ocean. Having witnessed this extraordinary moment, he quickly found inspiration to sculpt this hatchling for others to enjoy.