We have been vacationing on Emerald Isle for 10 years. In all those years, we have somehow never stayed on the far Western end of the island. Apparently, the flora and fauna are a bit different over there, and we were taken by surprise to walk out on our balcony to find a big swamp.
With its proximity to the pool, we were fully expecting to see an alligator lounging by our pool at any moment.
We never spotted any alligators, but other swampy wild things were in abundance. We had a cute little muskrat hanging around all week.
Dragonflies, praying mantises (praying manti?), and frogs were everywhere. Addie was terrified of all the frogs (particularly when one jumped on her),
but Nina was in frog heaven! She was scooping up frogs right and left all week long. It was like we sent her to swamp camp!
There were a lot of deer on this end of the island too. The week was a great study in beach biology. Maybe I can call it homeschooling?
At any given time if we looked out in our backyard swamp, we could count at least 5-10 turtles. Our favorite though was this creepy dude who showed up in our driveway. It is an alligator snapping turtle. Appropriate name, huh? As a friend of mine said, "It looks like an alligator crawled into a turtle shell." We kept our distance though as his jaws can easily chop off a finger.
When I booked the beach house, I wasn't expecting a swamp, but it definitely added a little interest, education, and fun to our week!