GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – A majority of Alabama’s sea turtle nests were lost, along with valuable beach real estate, during the recent tropical storm.
Beachgoers are now getting used to closer quarters. “We lost several hundred feet of beach in some places,” says Share the Beach Director Mike Reynolds.
Reynolds says Tropical Storm Barry destroyed 32 nests out of 81 total along the Alabama coast. Another 40 were significantly impacted.
“There were 81 turtle nests from Orange Beach to Dauphin Island before Tropical Storm Barry…Thirty-two were completely washed away, their eggs are gone, completely washed out, no hope…” says Reynolds.
Only nine nests, including the rare green sea turtle nest in Orange Beach, were not impacted by the storm. It’s now a waiting game to see if any of the eggs survived.
“It’s pointless to try and move a nest to try and save it because when you move the egg you kill it. So, if it stays in place it dies; if we move it dies. Doesn’t make any difference. It’s just nature,” says Reynolds.
There are six more weeks of turtle nesting season. Reynolds expects around three dozen more nests to be established before mid-August. At least three new nests have been established since Barry moved through.