If you like a tranquil walk, listening to the surf, and enjoying nature, then the beach at Dauphin Island is the place for you. There’s no amusement or water theme parks and traffic jams are rare. Dauphin Island, Alabama is a place to observe mother nature on the coast.
The Gulf Stream brings an array of sea life to the waters off Dauphin Island. Look toward the horizon early in the morning, to see dolphins searching for food. Blue crab, hermit crabs and the tiny ghost crabs are easy to spot along the surf water line. Transparent jellyfish show their insides when they wash up on the shore. Be careful of their stingers; they sting even though they’re out of the water.
All day small sand pipers play tag with the waves in the surf. Great blue herons and egrets feed on minnows in the tidal pools that dot the beach. Overhead, you’ll see the laughing seagulls—called laughing because their call sounds like a laugh—brown pelicans and terns.
Take a container or a bag with you on your walk so you can hunt and collect seashells. Angel wings, cockles, clones, coquinas, oyster, queen helmet and whelks are a few of the seashell varieties you’ll find on the beach.
Bring your camera to capture the skies above the water and the spectacular light show of the storms over the gulf. The colors in the ski and gulf water changes with the seasons and will go from a deep midnight blue in summer to the light turquoise of the cooler months.