Beach Access for Turtles!
Leave only footprints was a campaign implemented to help keep the beach clean as well to make it easier for nesting sea turtles to journey from the water to their nesting sites and back again. Leaving nothing on the beach to impede their progress is important for nesting activity. It is very important that nesting sea turtles are never disturbed. They may abort the process if they feel threatened.
A female turtle looks for a dark quiet place to lay her eggs, usually amounting to 100 eggs. She proceeds to dig a hole using her flippers. She will dig as deep as she can and then will start having her contractions. Several eggs will drop with each contraction. She will continue the process until the chamber is full or her “clutch” is complete. Clutch refers to the number of eggs produced and deposited in the nest.
She will then start to cover the chamber with sand until the eggs are completely covered. The mama sea turtle will then try her best to conceal the nest from predators as she makes her way back to the sea. Once she leaves the nest, she never returns to it. When the eggs open the little hatchlings are on their own as they make their way back to the sea.
Baby sea turtles are attracted to bright lights. Condo managers, developers and owners of private homes on the beach are encouraged to use red or amber colored lights instead of the bright white spot lights so as not to draw them away from the sea.
Sea Turtles nest May-October and can have anywhere between 2-8 nests per season.
We all love our turtles and do everything we can to protect them. To learn more about the area’s sea turtle population , visit AlabamaSeaTurtles.com. Want to visit us and see the turtles yourself? Take a look at our Special Deals page or give us a call at 1-800-334-5107 to arrange your stay.