Tag 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.

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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

Fish Are Right Here, Heron

There is a new drainage system here, and it didn’t take long to figure out the fish like it. The rookery lake and swamp is connected to a swamp further down a trail, which is connected to… you get the idea.

Fish Are Right Here, Heron
Fish Are Right Here, Heron

The old pipes from plantation days hadn’t worked for years and water was a problem. While ugly the drain works great and new swamp land is forming.

The Herons and Egrets quickly discovered some bigger fish move along here.

Fish Are Right Here, Heron
Fish Are Right Here, Heron

If these guys think they see one of the big fish… they are not moving out of your way.