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. 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 sea turtle. The island is also a haven for many amazing bird species. 

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Bottlenose Dolphins

These are the most 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 Island, the dolphins have been observed using a technique called strand feeding, something seen only in a few other places in the world. Search “Seabrook’s Unusual Animals” on the Web for more information.

Your best chance for seeing this amazing sight is at low tide at the northernmost tip of North Beach.

Check out a great video produced by National Geographic


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



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. The Seabrook Island Club has participated in the Audubon International’s 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.