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Seabrook Island wildlife.

Seabrook Island is home to a diverse variety of wildlife. The Island is home to many mammals, such as bobcats, red and gray foxes, otters, and white-tailed deer, and bottlenose dolphins can often be seen strand-feeding in and near Cap’n Sams Inlet during low tide. More than 30 species of reptiles can also be found on the Island, such as alligators, tree frogs, and chameleons. The reptile that gets the most attention, however, is the Caretta caretta—better known as the loggerhead turtle. The Island is also a haven for many amazing bird species. 

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Learn more about Seabrook Island wildlife.

Bottlenose Dolphins

These are the common dolphins in this area. Adults are 6 to 9 feet long, weighing between 300 and 600 pounds. Males live about 45 years and females up to 60.

Often on Seabrook the dolphins have been observed using a technique called strand feeding, something seen in only in a few other places in the world. See the web page entitled “Seabrook’s Unusual Animals” for more information.

Your best opportunities for seeing this amazing sight are at low tides at the northernmost tip of North Beach.

Check out a great video produced by National Geographic here.

Turtles

The Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol is a volunteer organization supported by the Seabrook Island Property Owners Association and member donations. The patrol operates under a permit issued by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and follows the department’s guidelines for best practices in identifying, protecting and taking inventory of nests. PBS featured the Seabrook Island Turtle Patrol in a segment on turtles. Check out the trailer here.

 

Birds

More than 80 species, including federally threatened and endangered birds such as the bald eagle and piping plover, are routinely spotted on the island. Turkey sightings have also been reported. The sheer number and variety of birds prompted residents to form the Seabrook Island Birders Group, and the Seabrook Island Club has participated in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, North American Bird Watching Open since 1998, taking top honors each year.

Visit the Wildlife Portal

Want even more information about the flora and fauna of Seabrook Island? Visit the Seabrook Island Wildlife Portal to learn more.