Monday, June 30, 2008

Sea Turtle Obstacles at Gulf Shores


This amazing photo was taken recently on a Gulf Shores Beach by a member of the "Share the Beach Program." The "Share the Beach" program is a group of volunteers that monitor the beaches each morning looking for signs of Sea Turtle nests. So far just on Ft Morgan beaches there are 15 Sea Turtle nests.

This particular photo is of a mama Sea Turtle looking for a place to that is safe to dig and lay her eggs. It is difficulty for Sea Turtles to crawl up on the beach. They have to drag several hundered pounds on to the sand and then to have to maneuver between chairs, umbrellas and other items that beach goers leave. This Blog is to ask you our guests to pick up after yourselves.

It takes 20 years for a Sea Turtle to be old enough to lay eggs and then the turtles only lay every 3 to 5 years. So the fewer things on the beach the more likely she is to lay her eggs.

This mama turtle started two different nests but something wasn't right either time. So she dragged herself back to the ocean and found another more perfect spot for her hundred or so eggs. So in a month and a half or so we will see lots of baby turtles on Ft. Morgan beaches.

2 Comments:

At July 25, 2008 at 2:11 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Thank you so much for helping us find the nest the other night.Seeing the sea turtles hatch was the most amazing expierence and the Highlight of our trip. You were so kind and helpful. I hope to bring my family to stay with sunset for many years to come. You helped make a lasting impression on me and my family.

 
At August 19, 2008 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Katie said...

You are so welcome Chris! This is just one of the cool nature adventures you can have here at Ft. Morgan. We have different nature experiences throughout the year. Give me a call when you are ready to come back and i'll be sure to point you to an unforgetable expereince, with the wildlife in this amazing place.

 

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