Treasures from the ocean: Morning finds on Fripp Island beach

Beaufort is blessed to have several miles of coastline with some seriously beautiful beach access and a world full of all-things-natural that comes along with it. Lots more than just seashells wash up on the seashore. Take a stroll on one of our local beaches early in the morning and you’ll see lots of interesting things.

A ghost crab says good morning along the beach at Fripp Island.

Photo by Janie Lackman

The coastal waters of South Carolina are teeming with seashells. In fact, more than 700 species live in these waters. Common local shells include whelks, angel wings, arks, pen shells, augers, cockles, slipper shells, jingles, coquina, and olive shells. Hunting Island yields some fantastic seashells. Lands End beach always gives up hermit crabs that have taken over whelks and moved on in.  The Sands in Port Royal is a treasure trove for sharks teeth.

But you can see any number of things along the beach in the morning. The sky is truly the limit.

Janie Lackman took a recent stroll on Fripp Island Beach and found lots of interesting things.

Fripp Island is an amazingly natural place to visit and is teeming with all sorts of natural wonders and wildlife. Turtles walk the beach; a variety of birds roam the skies and gators and deer can be found strolling down the street at any given time. In fact, Fripp is one of only a handful of communities to have received certification by the National Wildlife Federation as a Community Wildlife Habitat, and it’s a designation that’s very well deserved.