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Lator Gator!

Baby alligator with its camo stripes! Recently the bossman, Shane, was leading a family fun day and came across this awesome juvenile American alligator. Juvenile alligators have black and yellow stripes for camouflage.  Eventually gators loose their stripes and turn a dark blackish/green. Alligators prefer a freshwater habitat BUT will use the salt marsh for…

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May 14, 2024

May 2024 Citizen Science

It’s time for our monthly blog about citizen science projects! Citizen science is a form of data collection that the public of all ages can participate in. It usually involves the collection of data and recording it or entering it into a database for different organizations. A list of citizen science projects will be listed & linked below! With the changing of spring to summer comes a new field work season. Different animals are migrating back to our coasts for the summer months. There are a couple species that you can partake in citizen science data collection by reporting your sightings of these animals to the SC Department of Natural Resources. (These can be reported year round but are typically found in SC during the warmer months!) Some of the species include  Diamondback Terrapins         Reporting information…

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May 13, 2024

Searching for an urchin and cucumber

Echinoderms are a unique group of invertebrates that includes sea stars, sand dollars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and more. Echinodermata is the phylum and the word breaks down to mean hedgehog-like skin. They are usually known for their radially symmetry, tubular feet, and their water vascular systems! Two echinoderms recently found on Capers island were…

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May 6, 2024

Ultimate passenger princess aka the longnose spider crab!

Because we’ve been finding a lot of cannon ball jellies washing up on Capers Island we wanted to highlight a fascinating oceanic partnership between long-nose spider crabs and cannonball jellies (aka the ultimate passenger princesses!!). While these creatures may seem worlds apart in appearance and behavior, they have found a remarkable way to coexist in…

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April 29, 2024

In-SEINE fun!

Recently one of our naturalists has been leading small groups of people seining! Seine netting, also known simply as seining, involves the use of a large, rectangular net with floats along the top edge and weights along the bottom. This setup allows the net to be deployed in the water, forming a barrier that can…

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April 25, 2024

Student discoveries April 21 2024!

Whether you’re a seasoned beachcomber or a curious wanderer, prepare to be captivated by the discovery of these two remarkable finds by students during school group field trips. From mysterious relics of the past to whimsical treasures shaped by nature’s artistry, the beach holds endless wonders waiting to be discovered and we love when students…

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April 21, 2024

New Tour loop starting in June!

🌟 Exciting Announcement! 🌟 Sunset over the IWC!                 Get ready to embark on a journey of exploration and adventure with our newest tour offering! Starting this June and running through the sunny days of August, we’re thrilled to introduce our captivating new 1.5-hour loop route that promises…

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April 11, 2024

WAVE ambassadors for LMMN!

As a refresher we’d like to talk a little about citizen science and then highlight a workshop some of our staff participated in. Citizen science is a form of data collection that the public of all ages can participate in. It usually involves the collection of data and recording it or entering it into a…

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April 1, 2024

Easter Sea Hare (a poem)

 A sea hare’s name might sound funny, but did you know its the ocean’s Easter bunny! She hides unique eggs in different spaces And once they hatch, they reveal beautiful sea creatures faces!                                     Sea hare!   Moon…

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March 31, 2024

Spring Cling…fish and friends!

Spring is spranging down here in the low country and with that we’ve been finding some interesting critters on Capers Island! In addition to the pollen arriving we have seen cannon ball jellies arriving—this usually indicates to us warmer water (and hopefully sea turtles!) are on the way.  The first species we’d like to highlight…

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March 19, 2024

Citizen Science Monthly List!

We recently received a suggestion via email from a previous school group who used our blog on citizen science projects to help explain and explore data collection! Here’s a quick recap on citizen science and its goals: Collaboration between scientists and public. Collects and analyzing data. Contributes to scientific knowledge. Addresses scientific questions or challenges. Ranges from astronomy to environmental sciences and more! Learns something new while participating! Accessibility, inclusivity, and potential for large scale data collection. Link to our first citizen science blog HERE. We listed several organizations in need of citizen participation which we will re-list below, but wanted to shout-out to Ms. Miller’s student Kiel, who suggested adding this link for Astronomy based citizen science projects. There are some FASCINATING projects out there, get involved and share these projects with others!  Because of Kiel’s suggestion, we would…

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March 11, 2024

Vienna Boys Choir!

Recently we enjoyed having the Vienna Boys Choir out with us and enjoyed some pretty incredible nature! We saw an osprey eating a fish on a dock piling and as we kept cruising the osprey started flying with its catch. Then we noticed a juvenile bald eagle chasing after the osprey. The osprey dropped the…

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March 6, 2024