World's rarest sea turtle makes appearance on Alabama beach during egg laying season

You’re looking at photos (taken in the just the past few days) of the world’s most endangered species of sea turtle— the Kemp’s Ridley— making her voyage up the Alabama sands to lay eggs in hopes of creating the next generation of her kind. Part of the work of the MBNEP is the creation of Plans—scientific blueprints—based on years of research to guide the wise care and stewardship of our coastal waters, animals, and all the natural resources that exist here. One plan currently in development is the Little Lagoon Gulf Frontal Plan. This Kemp’s Ridley is one of our inspirations for that work. With her effort and our help, we can help the Kemp’s Ridleys bounce back. By protecting her young, our own children can know the complete wonder of creation. Of the few Kemp’s Ridleys left, only a very small number still nest here on our Alabama shores. According to the Alabama Marine Resources Division here is what you should do if you see one: “If you see a turtle on the beach and particularly a nesting turtle, don’t disturb them! Please follow these viewing guidelines: stay behind them and observe from a distance of 50 feet or greater, remain quiet, keep movements to a minimum and turn all lights off-including camera flashes. Contact the sea turtle hotline if you see a sick or injured sea turtle: 1-866-732-8878.


Photos Courtesy: Alabama Marine Resources Division