The nesting season in Escambia County begins in early March. Nesting continues through the end of September, with the peak season for loggerheads being the end of June and the beginning of July.
If undisturbed, the females emerge from the ocean crawling up the beach where they dig an egg chamber cavity that is essentially a hole. After resting they deposit approximately 100 golf-ball size eggs (for loggerheads). Then the back flippers gently cover the eggs with sand using it to camouflage the nest site. Lastly, they leave to reenter the water, never meeting their young.
A single female may nest several times during a season and then not again for one or two years. Approximately half of all emergencies result in a female crawling on the beach for long distances and reentering the water without digging a nest (see image). These are called "false crawls" and usually occur because the turtle was disturbed or it could not find a suitable nest site. The crawl tracks, resembling tractor tire tracks, are always made by female sea turtles. Male sea turtles never leave the ocean.