Did you know that endangered sea turtles like to make our beaches their "top destination" during nesting season? Here are a few tips to be sea turtle friendly.
Tips for Being Sea Turtle Friendly
- Avoid using flashlights or flash photography on the beach at night.
- Turn off outside patio lights and shield indoor lights from shining onto the beach at night.
- Do not disturb sea turtle nests.
- Leave sea turtle tracks undisturbed.
- Do not leave trash on the beach.
- Volunteer and Adopt-a-Nest.
- Sea Turtle Nesting Season is May 1 - October 31
- Three species of sea turtles nest on Alabama’s Gulf Coast: Green, Kemp’s Ridley and Loggerhead
- Sea Turtles are protected by the Endangered Species Act. It is against the law to disturb nesting sea turtles, hatchlings, or their nests.
- Sea turtles first appeared about 200 million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Sea turtles, the last of the ancient reptiles, are like living fossils.
- Female sea turtles lay an average of 100 leathery, ping-pong-size eggs at a time. Only a few young turtles, however, will make it to adulthood.
- Hatchling sea turtles find their way to the Gulf waters by moonlight or starlight.
- Building lights along the shore may confuse the baby sea turtles, drawing them away from the water.
- Adult loggerhead sea turtles weigh between 175 and 350 pounds. Baby hatchlings weigh only one to two ounces.
- Sea turtle egg incubation period is 55 to 75 days. Most hatchlings emerge together in an “eruption” of babies from the nest.
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