Alabama Gulf Coast Beach Sea Turtles

Fort Morgan Sunrise

We recently visited the beaches at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The beaches were beautiful and the water excellent. I realized that it was sea turtle nesting season, so I did some investigating. “Share the Beach” has identified many Alabama sea turtle nests on the Fort Morgan Peninsula and Dauphin Island beaches with 100 to almost 150 eggs each. A couple were tagged and one lucky mother was outfitted with a transmitter. She was a 25 year old named “Linda”. She weighed 250 lbs and laid 117 eggs that were moved to safety closer to the dunes.

Video Loggerhead Hatch Gulf Shores 2011

In 2009,” Share the Beach” volunteers discovered sixty-four loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nests and two Kemps Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)nests along the Alabama Gulf Coast. An adult loggerhead turtle weighs an average of 300 pounds. It is estimated that 4,513 hatch-lings safely made it to the Gulf of Mexico. Kudos to the volunteers at “Share the Beach“.

Many friends along the Gulf Coast as well as those in North Alabama and Mississippi have had a tough go at it lately. We wanted to do a blog focusing on renewal, specifically in the Gulf Shores area. We all need our “batteries” recharged occasionally so plan your Alabama Vacation Getaway to a South Alabama Bed and Breakfast. B&B Inns offer romantic weekend getaways. The beach awaits you.

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