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Fripp Wildlife & Nature

Fripp Island is designated as a Wildlife Sanctuary,
with over 175 species of birds living along the Atlantic
Ocean and the Great Salt Marsh.

 

Loggerhead Turtles

The endangered Loggerhead turtles make Fripp Island their nesting ground between May and October. The female turtle comes ashore at night to lay her eggs in the sand. She lays about 120 leathery eggs the size of ping pong balls. She usually nests two to three times in a season. The incubation period for Loggerhead Sea Turtle eggs is approximately 60 days. Adult Loggerhead Sea Turtles can grow to more than three feet in length and weigh between 250 and 400 pounds.

 

Should you encounter hatchlings on the beach, please allow them to make their way to the sea on their own.
It is illegal to touch, possess, harass or disturb Loggerhead turtle hatchlings, adults, nests or eggs - whole or pieces of eggs. Remember do not use a flash or a flashlight on the beach at night when loggerheads are nesting or making their way to the sea, as it can disorient them from reaching the ocean, in many cases with fatal results.

 

Natural Wildlife

Also you will find the natural wildlife to include raccoons, alligators, gray squirrel and plenty of the Sea Island Deer.

 

Natural Sea Life

Dolphins jumping in the creeks and along the beach are very common sights on Fripp. Crabs seen include the Atlantic Blue crab - usually seen in the shallows at low tide, the much smaller and colorful Fiddler crab - seen along the shore of creeks and the salt marsh and on the beach you may even get a glimpse of the elusive Ghost crab.

 

Fripp Island Birds

Egrets, the Great Blue Heroin, Sea Gulls and Pelicans are very common sights here on Fripp Island. Red Headed Woodpecker, King Fishers and Ospreys are plentiful as are the common land birds such as Blue Jays, Mocking Birds, Dove, Wrens, Blue  Birds and Cardinals.

 

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