Untamed Lowcountry

  • A look at the Democratic candidates for Senate District 45

    Posted by Staff reports on August 30, 2015

    Margie Bright Matthews

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  • Retired biologist to discuss history of Lowcountry alligators on Hilton Head

    Posted by Staff reports on August 26, 2015

    An alligator rests along Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive in Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is home to a diversity of wildlife that includes hundreds of gators. Blufftonian John Ring recently counted 27 from the comfort of his car.

    Retired biologist Tom Murphy will give a presentation on Lowcountry alligator history at 3 p.m. October 14 at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.

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  • Photos: Sharks caught by fisherman on the beach

    Posted by Staff reports on August 24, 2015

    A fisherman poses with a shark hooked in the surf off Islanders Beach Park on Aug. 23, 2015.

    Swimming was cut short Sunday in front of the Westin, at Islanders Beach Park and farther east when small sharks appeared in the surf. At least one was hooked by some fishermen, who then let it go.

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  • Rare leatherback turtle nest found on Hunting Island

    Posted by MATT McNAB on August 19, 2015

    Comparing a loggerhead, left, and a leatherback hatchling.

    Members of the Hunting Island Sea Turtle Conservation Project found a nest of turtle hatchlings belonging to a rarely-seen species of the reptiles last week, according to a volunteer.

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  • Belton the turtle, before and after

    Posted on August 19, 2015

    Belton, a 77-pound juvenile loggerhead turtle, was found near Hilton Head on June 13 severely emaciated and suffering from a dying right front flipper, the website said. Belton is believed to have gotten the flipper entangled in ropes or fishing line at its shoulder, cutting off the circulation to the flipper and causing the tissue to die, Thorvalson said.

    Pictured is Belton, a 77-pound juvenile loggerhead turtle, who was found near Hilton Head Island on June 13 severely emaciated and suffering from a dying right front flipper. According to Belton is believed to have gotten the flipper entangled in ropes or fishing line at its shoulder, cutting off the circulation to the flipper and causing the tissue to die, program manager Kelly Thorvalson said.

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  • Lady the turtle, before and after

    Posted on August 19, 2015

    Lady, a 95-pound sub-adult loggerhead, was found floating in waters near Lady\'s Island by boaters on June 27, according to the aquarium\'s website. The boaters saw that Lady was covered in barnacles and not behaving normally, leading them to contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources with their concerns.

    Lady, a 95-pound sub-adult loggerhead, was found floating in waters near Lady’s Island by boaters on June 27, according to the aquarium’s website. The boaters saw that Lady was covered in barnacles and not behaving normally, leading them to contact the S.C. Department of Natural Resources with their concerns. DNR brought the turtle to the aquarium, where she was given fluids to help with dehydration and low blood sugar.

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