Sea turtle nesting season has begun along the Gulf Coast as of May 1. Remember, sea turtles dig the dark.
Three species of sea turtles are known to nest on Alabama’s beaches, and each is …
Sea turtle nesting season has begun along the Gulf Coast as of May 1. Remember, sea turtles dig the dark, and you can face fines or arrest for disrupting them.
Three species of sea turtles are known to nest on Alabama’s beaches, and each is protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973: the Loggerhead, Green sea turtle and Kemps Ridley.
Federal law prohibits feeding, touching, shining a flashlight or disturbing sea turtles in any way. Federal penalties include jail time and fines up to $15,000 for each offense.
Nesting season runs from May 1 through Oct. 31, and it is important during this time to:
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have a Leave Only Footprints program with rules and regulations. The following are regulated by local, state or federal laws or ordinances that are enforced on our beaches:
These items are not allowed on beaches:
For more information about the program, visit AlabamaSeaTurtles.com or email sjohnson@joinACF.org.
If you think you've found a sea turtle nest, a turtle crawl (tracks left by the female sea turtle as she pulls herself across the sand), or if you see an injured or dead sea turtle, call 1-866-SEA-TURT (1-866-732-8878).