May is known for bringing flowers but it also brings sea turtle nesting season which officially began May 1 and continues through October on the Gulf Coast.
The most common species of sea turtles seen on Navarre Beach are loggerhead turtles.
The loggerhead can reach 34-49 inches in shell length and can weigh between 170-440 pounds.
Another species of sea turtle that has arrived on the shores of Navarre Beach over the last few years is the Kemps Ridley sea turtle. They reach 24-30 inches in shell length and weigh between 80-100 pounds.
Cathy Holmes, coordinator of the sea turtle patrol, said that having the Kemps Ridley sea turtle nesting on Navarre Beach is great because “they are the rarest and most endangered sea turtle.”
Holmes coordinates a six-member group of individuals that make up the sea turtle patrol.