Ocean Isle Beach Marine and Wildlife Guide

Discover the vibrant wildlife and natural beauty that define our coastal paradise at Ocean Isle Beach.

Set off on an adventure to the coastal haven of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Tucked away on the southern coastline, this charming barrier island is home to a diverse range of wildlife that inhabit both our land and water. Each creature, from the smallest crab to the largest deer, contributes to the intricate ecosystem, making Ocean Isle Beach a thriving hub of life. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a wildlife photographer, or a traveler seeking a unique experience, Ocean Isle Beach offers an unforgettable glimpse into the richness of coastal Carolina's biodiversity.


Mammals - Be on the lookout for our local inhabitants like the elegant white-tailed piebald deer, crafty foxes, playful raccoons, scampering rabbits, gray squirrels, and even opossums. They are all essential parts of our flourishing ecosystem.

Birds - For birdwatchers, Ocean Isle Beach is a delight. With resident species ranging from the everyday cardinals, blue jays, and woodpeckers to the seaside-loving gulls, terns, sandpipers, pelicans, egrets, herons, and osprey, there's always a new feathered friend to spot.

Reptiles and Amphibians - If you have a keen eye, you might also spot a diverse set of reptiles and amphibians. Turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads, and salamanders all find a home in our diverse habitats.

Marine Life

Fish and Sharks - Swim with flounder, red drum, spotted seatrout, king mackerel, and Spanish mackerel, or venture deeper to see mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, and marlin. Always be water-aware; tiger, hammerhead, blacktip, and bull sharks can be spotted in our waters.

Sea Turtles and Dolphins - The sandy shores of Ocean Isle Beach serve as important nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles. Other occasional visitors include green and leatherback turtles. And nothing quite compares to the sight of Bottlenose dolphins playfully jumping in our coastal waters.

Shellfish and Crustaceans - Along the estuaries and shorelines, don't miss the blue crabs, stone crabs, different types of shrimp, oysters, and clams. They're part of the rich tapestry of our marine ecosystem.

Know Before You Go

Promoting Responsible Wildlife Interactions

We believe in the preservation and protection of our local wildlife. We remind our visitors to engage responsibly with nature: 

  • Don't feed wild animals 
  • Refrain from littering 
  • Respect all wildlife, especially during the nesting season for sea turtles

Plan Your Visit

Ready for a natural adventure? We invite you to explore the stunning landscapes and wildlife of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Make memories that will last a lifetime, right here in our coastal paradise. View our list of vacation rentals and remember to book direct with Sunset Properties.