You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t spend one post touching on some of the critters to be found in the ocean and on the island. Born and bred a city gal the thought of a bear, or a mountain lion, or even a deer, terrifies me.  But because I’m a reefer, let me glimpse a few sea critters and I’m all in.

IMG_5123

So much more polite than the gulls in NY ;)

So much more polite than the gulls in NY 😉

IMG_5489

IMG_5509 IMG_5578

IMG_5590

aah yes, the early morning prospectors--what are they looking for?

aah yes, the early morning prospectors–what are they looking for?

IMG_5614

IMG_5645

Fall in line, boys!

Fall in line, boys!

IMG_5673

Lots of sunrise fishing

Lots of sunrise fishing

Love the flowers that pop up on the dunes.

Love the flowers that pop up on the dunes.

 

look close!

look close!

One afternoon we took a 2 hour boat tour of the waterways surrounding the island. One of the things I love about this area is the proximity of the dolphins.  While it didn’t happen this trip, there have been times where we were at the beach and there were dolphins swimming a hundred feet from us.

oyster beds all along the waterway.

oyster beds all along the waterway.

IMG_5734

 

We did spot several dolphins close to the boat, but I wasn’t able to get any great shots.  Honestly, I quickly gave up and just enjoyed watching them.

 

sorry, this is as good as I got.

sorry, this is as good as I got.

IMG_5745

 

One morning on my sunrise stroll, a woman came running up to warn me, “someone dumped a garbage can over there, and there’s some kind of sea creature!  You’re barefoot, and it has tentacles, be careful!!” She was genuinely frightened, and I, of course, went running straight towards it.

IMG_5875

Is it the creature from the black lagoon?

Is it the creature from the black lagoon?

bwahahaha, a not so scary at all horseshoe crab.

bwahahaha, a not so scary at all horseshoe crab.

I was a little disappointed, I had visions of something a-maz-ing.  Southern octopus?  Sea turtle nest in a strange spot? Or maybe a shark that I could have rescued and sent back to the water.

Jelly, and yes, I was stung by one of these guys our first day there. Not the first time, and I'm certain not the last.

Jelly, and yes, I was stung by one of these guys our first day there. Not the first time, and I’m certain not the last.

So fast, very hard to catch a shot that wasn't a complete blur.

So fast, very hard to catch a shot that wasn’t a complete blur.

IMG_5958

Beautiful, but not as serene as we pretend it is.

Beautiful, but not as serene as we pretend it is.

Later on the same day of finding the horseshoe crab, I was back on the beach with Husband.  Art Child was tired, and had stayed in the apartment with the boys. When I said good morning to the guy renting beach chairs, I laughed and told him about the crab, and how I had imagined it would be a shark. The water was a little rough that morning, so I didn’t go out too far.  Next thing I know, beach chair guy shows himself to be a lifeguard, calling everyone out of the water.  He had spotted a shark–closer to the shore than I had been–  said it was the largest one he had ever seen in this area, and kept everyone out of the water for at least half an hour.  How freaking cool is that?  But I admit, I spent the rest of the morning at the pool.

8 comments

  1. Wow. Did you here me ooh-Ing
    And ahh-Ing at each photo. Some of them look like painting. I think my blood pressure dropped. Thanks 😁. Do you think you can take a picture of me exactly like the third one or sunset one and freeze me in there!! (Trap me) I’ll stay there forever and ever!! I think you show show these photos. Love them! Oh and did someone pee on your jelly sting? 😳

    Like

    1. Thank you! The more I go through the photos, the more I want to go right back 😀 Alas, no one peed on my jelly sting. Next time you’ll have to be with me so you can take care of that for me 😛

      Like

  2. I’ve never been to Hilton Head Island. North to New Bedford, south along the Gulf Coast of Florida. But I see now what I’ve been missing. Flora and fauna, so beautiful.

    You got stung by a jellyfish? Yikes! And you were really close to a shark??? EEK! But you made it through unscathed, and I do think if you survived that spider in your first motel room, you can survive just about anything.

    🙂

    xoxo kk

    Like

Join the Discussion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s