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Our Low Country estuaries are rich with bottle-nose dolphin. They are usually found in pods as they rely on each other for survival. Strand feeding, one of their most well-known and impressive hunting strategies, is carried out at low tide where the pod works together to force bait fish into shallow water. This is a sight to see! Dolphins also have personalities, just like we do, and some of them actually tend to be very social. If social dolphins sense a boat in the area, they will often times come straight over to investigate!
Deep within the spartina grass and winding creeks, you'll find a wide array of bird species including white egrets, snow egrets, blue herons, midnight herons, ibis, wood storks, pelicans, and so many more. They are extremely skillful hunters and have adapted well to their environment. Egrets and herons are especially fun to watch as they quietly stalk their prey.
BIRDS OF PREY
Up above is where you'll find the kings of the sky. Ospreys and bald eagles are very common predatory birds that inhabitant the Low Country. Their eyesight is second to none as they plummet down like sky bombers to snatch a fish out of the water. Bald eagles have been known for being an endangered species, but have made an impressive comeback over the last decade!
It's not uncommon to see raccoons, deer, wild bore, and even coyotes out on the marsh flats. You'll come to discover that these guys are taking full advantage of all the periwinkle snails and fiddler crabs that are usually found in abundance. These sightings are more common early in the mornings and late in the evenings since these native mammels are predominantly nocturnal.
You never know what you're going to see in these Low Country waters. The visibility may not be the greatest, but our waters are teaming with life that attract all different types of marine life. We actually have an abundance of sea turtles in the area depending on the time of year. Many come back to the same beach where they were originally born to lay their own eggs and keep the generations going. Jelly fish, bait fish, and manta rays are also common as you get closer to the ocean.
Late summer and all throughout fall, it's very common to find shrimp in the tidal creeks and deep holes. It's always a lot of fun, especially for the kids, to learn how to throw a cast net and bring in a mess of shrimp!
The Low Country is well-known for its rich population of blue crabs. Hand-lining for them is a fun family activity that is usually consistent based on the time of year. Late spring, Summer, and early Fall are usually the peak times for crabbing.