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Dolphin and Nature Cruise
Dolphin Cruise

Join a museum docent in this cruise along the waters and salt marshes of Broad Creek. The Lowcountry’s Salt Marsh is home to many interesting creatures such as river outers, eastern oysters, blue crabs and a great species of birds. Among the most charismatic creatures found in the Salt Marsh are the Bottlenose Dolphins. Museum guides share their knowledge about this and many other of the fascinating creatures found in the salt water channels of Broad Creek.

Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. March–October
$19 adult; $13 child (ages 1–12)
Departs from Broad Creek Marina on Marshland Road
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Dolphin Research Excursion

This is a unique opportunity to be on a 2-hour scientific research cruise to study acoustic communication between resident dolphins in the May River and their prey. Yes, fish use sounds to communicate too! While USCB researchers from Dr. Montie’s Lab visually identify and record dolphin vocalizations, marine biologist Captain Amber Kuehn will share what we have learned about these fascinating cetaceans and their prey. Space is limited to 15 participants and your fee helps support important dolphin research. This 2 hour exploration of Bluffton’s May River is aboard research vessel SPARTINA and is offered in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Most Wednesdays in March – December – most cruises from 10 a.m.–noon (Please check the event calendar for dates).

2017 Dates:  5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/14, 6/21, 7/5, 7/12,  8/2,  8/16. (No cruises on 6/7, 6/28, or 7/26.)

$55 per person (ages 10 and over)
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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Kayak Tour of Jarvis Creek

Join a naturalist guide in a kayak exploration of Jarvis Creek. Paddle through the salt marsh looking for bottle-nosed dolphins, wading birds and other local wildlife. Jarvis Creek is a small creek in the north end of Hilton Head Island not typically visited by recreational boaters. The absence of fast moving boats, the calm waters, and the many inlets and side creeks make it the ideal location to see wildlife. Given the physical requirements of this tour, we do not allow children younger than 5 years of age to participate. Children ages 5 to 12 have to be in a double kayak with an adult.

Tuesday–Thursday from 10 a.m.–noon
$32 adult; $28 child (ages 5–12; no children under 5)
Provided by Jarvis Creek Water Sports
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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May River Expedition & Marine Science Expedition

Join us for a 2 hour exploration of Bluffton’s May River or the waterways near Pinckney Island aboard research vessel SPARTINA with Marine Biologist, Captain Amber Kuehn. You will observe nature up close with a display of live organisms. A scientific explanation will accompany a trip through this scenic river and salt marsh. From microscopic animals to dolphins, the possibilities are endless. Ask your technical questions and get educated answers.

Marine Science Expedition: Most Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – noon (Pinckney Island Area) from June through August. 2017 dates: 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29

May River Expedition: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10 a.m. – from September through December and March through May.  Thursdays from 10 a.m. – noon June through August.  Please check the Event Calendar to confirm the time and day of the week for this cruise.

$45 adult; $30 child
Departure location provided after reservations are made
Reservations required: call 843-689-6767 ext. 223 or register online.

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