Throughout the late spring, summer and early fall Seabrookers spend hundreds of hours keeping a watchful eye on dolphins strand-feeding on Capn Sams Spit. Strand-feeding is a very rarely observed learned behavior among dolphin families and appears to be passed down from one generation to the next. We who live along the southeast coast of the U.S. are very fortunate to be able to see it. Over the years, concern has been expressed that human interaction with dolphins feeding this way might bring about the end of strand feeding.
Lauren Rust of the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network brought a program to Seabrook Island to educate beachgoers how to watch but stay away from the dolphins while they are feeding. Philip Miller, who took on the task of coordinating the program here as a member of the Environmental Committee, helped organize a group of volunteers to watch over The Spit at low tide.
We are all especially indebted to Lindsay Agvent, Lynn Baker, Teri and Rick Hinkebein, Becky Holditch, Gary Holtz, Jackie Huffman, Valerie Luzadder, Jane Marvin, Jacquelyn Mcglynn, Philip Miller, Donna Miller, Ken Oster, Keri Philips, Lauren Rust, Patricia Schaefer, Mike Vinson, Bill Walthall and Kim Westberg for their countless hours of dedication helping with this task.
-Rich Siegel, Tidelines Writer