Wildlife that you’ll see during a Myrtle Beach Dolphin Cruise

blue heron on ocean pier

During a Sea Racer Myrtle Beach Dolphin Tour you will not only see bottlenose dolphins jumping from the water in our wake, but you will also see some of our local wildlife. Here’s a list of the various birds, fish, and reptiles that you will see on the land and in the ocean.

  • Sea Turtles: Myrtle Beach is home to several species of sea turtles, including loggerhead turtles, green turtles, and Kemp’s ridley turtles. Although they spend most of their time in the water, you might catch a glimpse of them coming up to breathe. You will also see lots of common snapping turtles in lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers.

common snapping turtles in myrtle beach

  • Pelicans: Brown Pelicans are a common sight along the coast of Myrtle Beach. They are large seabirds with long bills and wingspans, known for their spectacular dives into the water to catch fish.

Brown pelican in myrtle beach   

  • Seabirds: You may also spot other species of seabirds during your dolphin tour, such as seagulls, terns, herons, and cormorants. These birds can be seen flying overhead or perched on rocks and piers.
  • Fish: The waters off Myrtle Beach are teeming with various fish species. Look out for schools of fish swimming near the surface, including mullet, sheepshead, redfish, and flounder.
  • Stingrays: There is a chance of spotting stingrays gliding gracefully through the water, especially in shallower areas or near the ocean floor. These fascinating creatures have flat bodies with long, whip-like tails.
  • Great Blue Heron: While not exclusively a shorebird, the Great Blue Heron is often found near the shore. This tall, wading bird can be seen patiently stalking fish or standing still in the shallow water. 

blue heron on ocean pier

Remember, wildlife sightings can vary depending on the season, time of day, and other factors. It’s always a good idea to check with your Sea Racer Myrtle Beach dolphin tour staff for more information about the wildlife you are likely to encounter during your Myrtle Beach dolphin cruise.

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