Rare, endangered green sea turtle nest found on Orange Beach

Baldwin County

Courtesy: Fort Morgan Share the Beach

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — A rare find on Orange Beach over the weekend.

According to the Fort Morgan Share the Beach Facebook page, the Orange Beach team found a green sea turtle nest Sunday. This is the second green sea turtle nest documented in Alabama, according to the group.

According to Share the Beach – Dauphin Island, green sea turtles are listed as endangered. Once mature, the green sea turtlse eats only sea grass and got their name from the green color of their fat. Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with lush seagrass beds. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass meadows.

The turtle’s tracks were different from the loggerhead that is usually seen on our shores. According to the group, this crawl is even and has a tail drag print. Green sea turtles move both front flippers at the same time dragging themselves onto the beach to lay eggs. A Loggerhead Sea Turtle will alternate it’s front flippers.

The body pit was massive, according to the post, that it required a lot of people to dig to find the eggs, which were also quite large.

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