The Call of the Wild in Charleston, SC


By: Staff Editor, Charleston Harbor Tours
April 19, 2016

For visitors to Charleston, SC with an eye for nature and wildlife, there are opportunities at every turn. Many of the most popular Charleston activities, such as a Harbor tour or plantation tour, a day at the beach or a trip to the South Carolina Aquarium will almost always entail some interaction with the wide variety of Lowcountry wildlife.

This variety includes the seabirds of Castle Pinckney, the sea turtles and wild bobcats of Kiawah, and the endangered wood storks of Wadmalaw Island, among others. It also includes some of the more fascinating members of the Charleston wildlife population: bottlenose dolphins.

Bottlenose dolphins have been observed up and down the coast near Charleston, from Isle of Palms down to Edisto Beach. Extremely social creatures, dolphins are fun and fascinating to watch, as evidenced by the number of dolphin tours available in Charleston SC.

Dolphin, Charleston, SC

A Dolphin's Dinner Party
One particularly interesting dolphin behavior happens at feeding time, as witnessed by wildlife watchers in Kiawah and Folly Beach. The naturalists call it Strand Feeding, when a pod of dolphins, a dozen or so, corral their prey fish and force them ashore on a beach or sandbar. Then the dolphins, who appear so sleek and graceful in the water, launch their 500-pound bodies out of the water and onto the sand, where they flip and flop and eat their fill. It is truly a sight to see, and visitors can enjoy the spectacle year round, since the local bottlenose dolphins do not migrate as some other species do.

Charleston, SC Wildlife at the Table
Speaking of dining to your heart's content, Charleston, SC is one of America's premier culinary destinations, and seafood is the jewel in her crown. Charleston is home to a vast array of seafood restaurants, from the fine to the funky, from Shem Creek to Folly Beach to Historic Downtown Charleston. And sustainable local sourcing is a point of pride. Each day, local fishermen, crabbers and shrimpers set out before dawn in order to supply your favorite seafood restaurant with the freshest Lowcountry fare.

Wildlife Meets Culture in Charleston, SC
They say art is food for the soul and, in Charleston, SC, you can definitely satisfy your appetite. Since the days of John James Audubon, wildlife has inspired American popular culture. That inspiration is on vivid display during Charleston SC's annual Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition. Since the annual exhibition began in 1983, SEWE has grown into a major regional event with over 40,000 visitors coming each February to see "more than 500 artists, exhibitors and wildlife experts from around the world."

Nature Calls in Charleston, SC
From the ocean to the Harbor, to the beaches, marshes and swamps the Charleston area has much to offer the nature lover. When you are planning your next vacation to the Lowcountry, considering a tour of the Harbor or of Historic Downtown Charleston, be sure to make some time to enjoy Charleston's abundant wildlife. The pelicans, sea turtles and dolphins are waiting for you!

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