A Prisoner's Dilemma

By Henry H. Mitchell, October 2010.

A Striped Mullet (Mugil cephalus) about ten inches in length darts back and forth, unable to find its way out of a tidal pool at low tide. Only a very shallow watery stream connects the pool to the ocean a few yards away, and the mullet will not attempt to pass through it. The tide will shortly return and engulf the pool, and the mullet will swim free.

But when the mullet does swim free, nearby are numerous fishermen on the Springmaid Pier (note the reflection of the pier's pilings at the end of the video), netting mullet for bait. And also, cruising the shoreline, there are sharks out there!

This guide to Myrtle Beach is sponsored by Mitchells Publications.