.....Barrier islands such as Folly Beach are rich in biodiversity. Many different species of animals make their home in this fragile ecosystem. Although many of the animals that live around the island reside in the marine environment, quite a few can be observed at low tide. On the southern tip of the island, erosion has exposed buried marsh mud, leaving many small tidal pools that catch marine life on the outgoing tide. This is a great place to visit and find animals with your class.
.....When visiting the beach, it is a good idea to bring a a device for catching specimens for observation. Both cast nets and seine nets are good choices. If you plan on using a seine net, check with the South Carolina Dept. of Natural Resources for regulations governing their use. A bucket or plastic washtub is very handy to hold your specimens while observing them. Remember to get the organisms back into the environment from which they were collected as soon as possible to avoid undue stress.
Below is a list of some of the common types of animals found on and around South Carolina's barrier islands. Although you won't find all of them during a trip to Folly, being familiar with them is always helpful. The species in these list do not represent all of the species you are apt to find on a walk or fieldtrip. It is always good to have a reliable guidebook with you, for some suggestions, check out our reference page.

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