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.