Talk about peak tourist season: Even the deer want to hang on Hilton Head’s beach
On Hilton Head Island, you never know what magical form of wildlife you’ll be treated to on the beach.
On Wednesday morning, a small herd of perfectly calm deer surprised beachgoers outside of the Sonesta Resort, located between North Forest and Palmetto Dunes beaches.
Connie Sewall was running on the beach when she came across something she had never seen before in the 15 years since she moved to Hilton Head —a pack of three deer hanging out in the middle of the beach, enjoying the morning with the rest of the beachgoers.
“They were completely chill,” she told the Island Packet. “It was pretty special.”
Sewall said the deer stood there for a few minutes until a dog barked and startled them. They then disappeared into the dunes.
This isn’t the first time Hilton Head deer have made headlines. In 2017, an adorable doe shocked swimmers when it “darted between swimmers” on South Forest Beach.
“Deer are prolific swimmers, and are often seen swimming in rivers and crossing sounds to go from island to island,” columnist David Lauderdale wrote in the Island Packet story.
According to the U.S. United States Department of Agriculture, the island has its own subspecies of white tail deer called the Hilton Head White Tail Deer.
No word on whether the deer on the beach Wednesday were Hilton Head white tails.