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Pear Whelks!

During low tide it is fun to discover marine invertebrates that are finally exposed on the beach at Capers Island. One way of determining different animals beneath the now exposed sand is through their tracks! Sea snails are notorious for leaving trails, and a type of sea snail we can find on Capers is a…

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January 16, 2024

Happy as a Clam!

‘Happy as a Clam’ Did you know this expression is believed to have come from an author in the 1800’s? The expression over time became shorter but the full expression was, “As happy as a clam at high water!”. This meant during high water (or at high tide) clams were free from certain predators like…

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January 8, 2024

Capers Critter Review of 2023!

2023 Critter Review.  Here are some of our favorite animals we got to see in 2023. Enjoy!    Flamingo on Bulls Island! Really exciting would be a 12/10 if it had come to Capers. Only getting a 7/10 because of that but we love it so so much.   This lil’ brittle is going to…

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January 2, 2024

Nor’easter of 2023

On Sunday December 17, 2023 a Nor’easters hit the low country. No’reasters are cyclones that typically form outside of the tropics, and usually affecting the Northeastern United States on the Atlantic Coast. This type of storm forms due to a polar air mass collision with a humid air mass and they normally occur in the…

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December 21, 2023

A Claws Christmas

                In a pluff mud burrow by the marsh’s edge, Lived Mr. and Mrs. Claws, who were preparing their sled. They weren’t reindeer or elves with pointy shoes, But stone crabs with claws and festive hues.   With carapaces decked in holiday cheer, They spread joy to sea…

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December 17, 2023

Enchanting Jellies Ashore Capers!

Nestled off the coast of South Carolina, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the sandy shores, lies Capers Island—a haven for nature enthusiasts and a treasure trove of marine wonders. This past fall, we had extraordinary discoveries washed ashore including a couple of not-your-normal-SC-jellies. Two extraordinary finds included the massive Lion’s Mane Jelly and the enchanting…

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December 13, 2023

Whelk’s Lay Eggs!

This photo of a channel Whelk “laying eggs” was captured over the weekend reminding us that this is the time of year when Mother Nature is out “making hay while the sun shines”. It also brings home the truth of “Summertime and the living is easy”. There is just so much new life all around…

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May 31, 2013

Bald Eagle Spotting…

We often visit the same destinations multiple times a day, month or even once per year- only to wait for the oppertune moment that makes the venture there and back worthwhile. In this instance, Captain Robert Hopkins gave his account from a trip earlier this week. The bald eagle spotting was not only worth writing…

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April 30, 2013

What is a Makaira nigricans?

Atlantic Blue Marlin Larva- Click here! Atlantic blue marlin larva (Makaira nigricans) In one spawning, the female blue marlin may release up to 7 million eggs, each approximately 1mm in diameter. The planktonic young may drift in the pelagic zone and may grow as much as to 1.6cm in a day. Photo: © Cedric Guigand

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April 8, 2013

Mother Natures Blustery Beauty

Spring’s Slow awakening, written by Robert Hopkins I had 2 trips this week that went out in some rainy and windy weather.. leaving me nervous for their outcome, however pleasantly surprised! We tried to call and see if people wanted to cancel or reschedule but a few were intent on this being their only chance…

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April 8, 2013

Hope On Goat!

We are so excited for tomorrow’s Hope On Goat- and cannot wait to report back with videos and pictures from the day’s festivities for those who are not able to attend! Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! -The Barrier Island Eco Tours Team

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March 29, 2013

“The Greening Grass is Quietly Announcing Springs Arrival…”

It has been very windy lately…But remember, March is the month that Mother Nature hosts “speed dating” for plants and wind is THE important part of that. Let’s just enjoy as March goes “out like a lamb”. A great place to enjoy all that is going on with the seasons change is out in the…

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March 28, 2013