Orange Beach H-1 on Sunday Morning
OMG! What a night. I got a call from Orange Beach Police Dept at 10:12 tonight (6/17) that a turtle was reported on the beach trying to get up the 5′ escarpment near the jetties in section A-1. I arrived about 10:30 pm to find Moma Turtle nesting below the escarpment barely 2′ from the rising tide line.
She was obviously ready and could not wait any longer as her nest was not deep enough to hold all 142 eggs. The eggs were exposed before she was finished laying. As she was covering them she broke 10 of her 142 eggs. She was another BIG Moma with a crawl width of 45″. She looked larger than H-2’s Moma and she also was not tagged or marked.
A big thanks to OBPD’s John Simonson, Jennifer and Bruce for responding to the call and protecting Moma T. so she could nest. Also a big thank you to our OB volunteers, Donna, Mark, Tina, Jerrie, Lance, Karen, Skip, Pam, Liam, Miles, Penny for getting to the scene asap.
Wow! Another exciting experience for the OB team. Thank you team.
See you on the beach!