Protecting Wildlife on the Beach

Seabrook Island beach is home to a variety of wildlife, some of which are endangered. Our respectful vigilance is needed in order to preserve their habitats. Maintaining a healthy distance from wildlife is needed for our safety and protection as well as theirs.

Turtles

Turtle Patrol - mama to nestTurtle season runs from May through the end of September. Sea turtles are an endangered species and it’s critical not to interfere with them in any way.

  • No lights are allowed that illuminate the beach between 9:00 pm and dawn during turtle season. Hatchlings are disoriented by artificial light and may head away from the ocean.
  • Do not disturb turtle nests. Nests are marked with an orange sign and white pole.

The many volunteers on the Turtle Patrol are happy to educate the public on the life of loggerhead turtles and the work the Patrol members do to protect them.

Dolphins

dolphins stranding March 2019The dolphins in our area are known for strand feeding where they push fish onto the beach and then follow to eat them. It is a rare and incredible sight and we hope you are fortunate enough to witness it. However, note that

  • People and their dogs are not permitted within 50 yards of the dolphins.
  • Do not try to get close to the dolphins; they are wild and unpredictable.
  • Do not try to swim with these dolphins; it is illegal.

Seabrook volunteers who work with the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network are on the beach during times of strand feeding and are happy to educate us about the dolphins and this unusual behavior.

Birds

Our beaches are also a critical habitat for breeding birds and a stopping point for migrating birds (red knots). Please refrain from entering this critical habitat (the red zone on the map – click here) when the signs are posted or when you see evidence of this bird activity.

Tidelines Editors