Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Unusual Wildlife on Migration

At this time of year, a walk around the 1.75-mile boardwalk in the old-growth swamp at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest will produce wildlife sightings that include White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), a host of woodpeckers, River Otters (Lutra canadensis), Red-shouldered Hawks (Buteo lineatus), Ruby-crowned Kinglets (Regulus calendula), etc.  Birds like the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis) and Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) have migrated here for the winter.  What you will not see is a Great White Shark, but they are closer than you might expect!

Two days ago, a 16-foot, 3456-pound female Great White Shark named Mary Lee paid a visit to the Charleston Harbor!  You can see her track and follow her progress south by visiting Ocearch Global Shark Tracker.

Like snakes in the swamp, sharks are predators in the ocean that pose little threat to humans and serve an important role in their ecosystem.

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