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.
- Keep your distance (at least 30 feet) from adult turtles that come onto the beach to nest.
- Leave sea turtle tracks undisturbed.
- Do not leave beach gear, holes or trash on the beach.
- Volunteer and also participate in the Adopt-A-Nest program.
- 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 110 round, leathery eggs at a time. Only a few young turtles, however, will survive 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.