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! Volunteer! Be part of the Share the Beach citizen science program by joining a team to monitor beaches for sea turtle nesting activity. Volunteer registration occurs every April, and volunteer activities run May 1 - October 31.

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. Share the Beach is collecting pre-commitments for their all-new license plate design. Complete the pre-commitment form now to ensure this beautiful design is seen throughout the state. Proceeds from plate purchases directly fund Share the Beach supplies and resources. 

Baby Sea Turtle

Be Sea Turtle Friendly

  • Don't use white flashlights (or flash photography) on the beach at night during nesting season. If you absolutely must have a light, use a turtle-friendly red LED flashlight, like our Share the Beach flashlight from Maglite, or get a red flashlight filter from the Gulf Shores Orange Beach Tourism Welcome Centers.
  • 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.
  • Remember to bring all of your beach items and trash in every evening and fill in all holes so no turtles get trapped. City ordinances require that all items be removed from the beach no later than 1 hour after sunset.
  • Do not disturb sea turtle tracks or nests.
  • If you are lucky enough to see a sea turtle: stay back (30 feet or more), stay low, and stay quiet. No flashlights or flash photography. Call the Share the Beach hotline at (866)SEA-TURTLE.

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