Baby Sea Turlte on Alabama's Beaches

Share the Beach with Alabama Sea Turtles

For a few months each year, the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico are visited by thousands of special guests. While all of our guests are special, the ones we’re referring to are thousands of baby sea turtles.

The beaches along the Alabama Gulf Coast, the Fort Morgan Peninsula to Orange Beach, are nesting grounds for three types of threatened or endangered species of sea turtles, including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles. These turtles can live up to 50 years, reach a weight up to 500 pounds, and measure four feet in length.

To lay their eggs, sea turtles make the annual pilgrimage to the same beach where they hatched. Some of their nests may include more than 100 eggs! Since 2003, it is estimated that more than 50,000 sea turtles have hatched on the shores across the Alabama coastline between July and October. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers who monitor and search for nests, the sea turtles are guided to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to begin their journey.

Share the Beach Volunteers

How Can You Help?

Volunteer! Instill life-long conservation lessons in your family by volunteering for Share the Beach during your vacation.

Adopt a Nest. Make a donation to adopt a nest where your money will help provide educational materials to visitors and school education programs, as well as much-needed equipment. You’ll receive a welcome packet and certificate for your donation. Also, consider donating in someone else’s name; perhaps for that hard-to-buy-for person’s birthday. The welcome packet and certificate will be in their name and delivered to them.

Share the Beach License Plate. When you renew your license plate, opt for a Share the Beach tag. Contributions provide valuable resources to the initiative.

Baby Sea Turtle

Be Sea Turtle Friendly

  • Avoid using flashlights or flash photography on the beach at night. If you are going out to the beach, the Gulf Shores or Orange Beach Welcome Center will give you free red stickers to cover the flashlight on your phone. Just stop by.
  • Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining onto the beach at night. Hatchling sea turtles find their way to the Gulf waters by moonlight or starlight. Building lights along the shore may confuse the hatchlings, drawing them away from the water.
  • Do not disturb sea turtle nests.
  • Leave sea turtle tracks undisturbed.
  • Do not leave trash, beach chairs, umbrellas or tents on the beach. City ordinances require that all beach gear must be removed within one hour after sunset. Your gear could prove to be hazardous in getting a turtle to the water.

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