While in Charleston, we visited Bulls Island. The 5,000-acre Bulls Island is the largest of four barrier islands found within the Cape Romain National Wildlife Reserve. To get to Bulls Island, we boarded the Bulls Island Ferry, operated by Coastal Expeditions, Mt. Pleasant, SC. During the 30 minute ferry ride to the island, the Coastal Expedition naturalist gave us a history of Bulls Island, and explained the biology and ecosystem that makes up the Cape Romain NWR. Click here for more information about Cape Romain NWR.
While on the island I photographed the Bone Yard, where hundreds of oaks, cedars and pines are strewn along a three mile stretch of beach on the northeast corner of the island. Boneyard Beach gets its name from all the downed trees that have been bleached by the sun and the water. Here is a map of the island:
Our hike back to the ferry dock took us down “Alligator Alley”…and rightly named, as we encountered at least 25 alligators along the way. The largest group was located where the alley separates Big Pond. Here we had to maneuver around one large, older alligator occupying ¾ of the path (The alternative was to turn around and backtrack 2 miles). We relied on the information given to us by the Coastal Expedition Naturalist, who said alligators generally do not attack animals…and humans larger than them. We passed in front of him an arms length away. Once we were by him, I stopped to look back at him and he let out a haunting hiss as a warning to “keep moving”. However as soon as we cleared this one, four more were warming themselves on the alley. These four were younger and to our relief slide into the water as we approached.