Birds, fish, crustaceans, turtles, and more—every inch of Pensacola Beach is teeming with life.
When you look across the white sand, it may appear to be lifeless, but there are many different invertebrates that live beneath the sand — ghost crabs, coquina clams, and the mole crab (sand flea) are a few that can be found buried near the shore's edge.
The luckiest of visitors might get to see a sea turtle crawl onto the shore to nest. Turtles have been known to have their nesting paths blocked by chairs and umbrellas, get tangled in fishing lines, or become disoriented by lights. Turtles typically nest at night, so do your best to keep the beach clear of debris in the evenings.
Even now, there is life all around you. Do your best to respect it. Above all, please remember to throw away your garbage, and do not feed the birds or other wildlife. If we all do our part, we can continue to share our shores with wildlife for years to come.
Protecting the Beach
Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail
Welcome to the Pensacola Beach Eco Trail! On the trail, you'll learn about local plant and animal life including dolphins, turtles, sharks, birds, flowers, and fish. Informative, educational signs have been posted at key locations across the beach, each one exploring a different ecological topic. Many signs feature Quick Response (QR) codes that you can scan with a mobile device to access more information online. You'll learn the secrets of Pensacola Beach's white sand, discover the dangerous journeys of sea turtles, identify mysterious seashells, and so much more.