Dolphin Count brings together marine mammal experts, enthusiastic volunteers and interested community members to:

  • LEARN more about Charleston’s true “locals”, their behaviors, and home ranges.

  • RAISE awareness about ways our community can view dolphins responsibly.

  • ENGAGE the community on the threats these animals face and ways each of us can help.

  • COLLECT valuable data using citizen scientists.

  • ANSWER questions and teach the next generation of marine stewards.

  • ENCOURAGE each participant to take action for more local protections such as plastic bans, protecting Capt Sams Inlet and fighting seismic drilling.

June 23 & October 15

Sunset Dolphin Sail: Barrier Island Ecotour
Location: Marina Market - 2669, 50 41st Ave C-6, Isle of Palms, SC

Time: 5:30-8pm

The Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network and Barrier Island EcoTours are partnering up for the annual Dolphin Count.  Join our naturalist along with marine mammal biologists for this chance to become a citizen scientist helping to collect valuable data on local dolphins.  Departing from the Isle of Palms Marina, we will explore the salt marshes between Isle of Palms and Capers Island on a search and discovery mission for the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin.  Learn all kinds of interesting facts about our true "locals" and the amazing ecosystem they live in.  This trip includes a 30 min. stop on Capers Island Heritage Preserve where you will have a chance to wander down to the Bone-yard Beach.  Enjoy views of the sun setting over the salt marsh on the boat cruise back to the marina.  Special price of $30 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and less.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to LMMN to support their mission of protecting local marine mammals through awareness, education, and conservation. You are welcome to bring snacks and drinks in a small cooler or use ours.  Please arrive by 5:15. Boat leaves at 5:30 returning at 8 pm.  


What to Bring:

  • You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and small cooler for the trip. Beer and wine is welcome for passengers ages 21 and over.

  • Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing and shoes or sandals.

  • Bathing suits are optional since you are welcome to get in the water during this excursion.

  • Please feel free to bring a bag with sunscreen, towels, cameras, binoculars, bug spray, or anything else that will make your trip more enjoyable.

Tickets can be purchased here


Sunset Kayak: Coastal Expedition

Join Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network (LMMN) executive director Lauren Rust on a special sea kayaking tour of the Charleston Harbor at sunset.

Departing from the Coastal Expeditions dock, Lauren and Coastal Expeditions guides will lead you down Shem Creek towards the Charleston Harbor for a chance to see local bottlenose dolphins. Lauren will talk about the mission of LMMN, the health of our local dolphin populations, and the importance of giving them adequate space when recreating by boat or beachside.

After the tour, join Lauren and your guides on the Coastal Expeditions creekside deck for an apreś- paddle gathering of “beers and cheers” to continue the conversation.

Twenty percent (20%) of your ticket will be donated to the Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network to help them fulfill their mission to protect local marine mammals for future generations through quality science, public outreach and conserving their environment.

October 17th 2020 & April 24th 2021

Annual Dolphin Count 

Channel your inner scientist because on this day and help us gather important data on our local dolphin population. This event is for ALL ages & is incredibly fun. 


  • Who can participate? Everyone! It's for all ages :) 

  • Where is it taking place? In 13 locations around the Charleston area!

  • How much does it cost? It's FREEEEEEEEE

  • How do I get involved? Sign up HERE


Support your #Local dolphins today. Order the official Dolphin Count t-shirt HERE

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