Rare Sea Turtle Nests on Baldwin County Beach | Baldwin County Alabama News
A special mom who walks up the beach at Gulf State Park.
Share the beach Volunteers were able to take some great photos of this rare sea turtle for our region.
Team biologist Elizabeth Bevan tells us this charming lady is a Ridley de Kemp, one of the smallest of the species.
Dr Bevan says this is something we usually don’t see, as Kemp’s Ridleys typically choose to do most of their nesting on the coast of Mexico.
His stop in our area got volunteers and people on social media excited, especially after last year’s storms destroyed most of the nests.
“I think everyone was really hoping to have a bigger season this year just to cheer up. Last year was a bit tough we had a lot of storms and Hurricane Sally took a big hit on our nesting here it didn’t take everything but it took a big hit so we hope this year hopefully fewer storms or we dodged storms and more, ”said Dr Bevan.
Dr Bevan says there are even fewer nests right now than usual at this time of year, counting only about 20.
She says part of it may be the cooler water, but there are things we can all do to help nonetheless.
One of those things is making sure the photos are taken remotely … or left to the professionals.
“Just give it space to do it naturally, sit back and watch it. Be silent. Don’t turn on a lot of lights or we don’t need a selfie. It’s a process really. neat, but only if you’re not afraid to get back into the water, ”Bevan said.
Other ways to participate: be sure to put all your beach supplies away before you go every night, filling in any holes you may have dug and turning off your lights at night or using filters suitable for turtles .
You can find free amber flashlight filters for your phone or flashlight at Gulf Shores Orange Beach tourism centers!
Also keep in mind that sea turtles are an endangered and protected species… which means harassing or distressing them could result in fines or even jail time.
Experts say the best thing to do with wildlife … as adorable as it is … is to keep your distance, not to interfere, and let nature do its job.
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