Category Archives: Ocean Shore

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project

I came across a file of photographs in an online account I have. They were from a project of providing stills for a Marine Mammal Network video. The MMN provides support, education, and even protection for a special few pods of Dolphin.

These Dolphin have taught themselves how to hunt by pushing and stranding fish on the shoreline. There are only a hand full in the wild most, if not all, live along the Lowcountry coastline.

Click any image to view full size.

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1

Above this Bottlenose Dolphin pushed a school of fish onto the shore. Then followed right behind grabbing them off the sand.

Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1
Dolphin Strand Feeding Project -1

The next images above show a group from the pod working together. The Dolphin actually cause waves as the work the shore.

I have published other articles in the past about this rare method. Having seen photographs Ellen posted the other day, then finding these, I though it was time to revisit for readers who have not seen this before.

Click this link for an additional informational article published locally.

Below is a gallery of several strandings, click any image for a full size.

Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina

The sunset itself was just OK for shooting. However the shine hitting the pier turned out o be the story.

Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina
Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina

This pier is scheduled to be replaced so best get the images now before it’s gone.

Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina
Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina
Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina
Sunset Folly Beach, South Carolina

Working The Tide, Brown Pelican

I was about to give up on this Pelican. The tide might have been turning because there was no diving. The big lens gets heavy after a while and I was putting my arms down more and more. Sure sign it’s time to quit.

However at the last minute this bird made the turn.

Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican

While shooting this I didn’t notice the Pelican in the background. But it added to the images nicely.

Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican

And of course the best part, the full dive.

Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican

All the while that other bird hovered waiting for his chance.

Working The Tide, Brown Pelican
Working The Tide, Brown Pelican