Shipwreck Once Again Reappears in Hatteras Village

A well-known but officially unidentified shipwreck located just south of Ramp 55 has once again made an appearance, causing beachgoers to pause and take a second look.

The wreck, which is periodically uncovered by shifting sands, has resurfaced after a few days of northeast winds. Along with a WWII wreck that was recently identified in the Pamlico Sound, the mystery vessel has jumpstarted the conversation about wrecks along the Outer Banks. Read more

Rodanthe Shipwreck ID’d as WWII Transport

A team of East Carolina University graduate students led by Nathan Richards, head of the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute’s Maritime Heritage Program, has identified the Pappy’s Lane shipwreck in the Pamlico Sound near Rodanthe as a type of World War II troop transport.

The shipwreck was determined eligible in 2016 for the National Register of Historic Places for its information potential through consultations between the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Archaeology Group and the State Historic Preservation Office. 
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Thinking Pink in October

October is a month full of vibrant colors; red, orange, yellow, and …. pink. Yes, I said pink. While October is known for its beautiful foliage, it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, “breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers.” Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 12 percent. And men, don’t think you’re off the hook. While breast cancer is less common in men, it can still happen.
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Wings Over Water Wildlife Begins with Nearly 100 Events

Tuesday marked the opening day of the Wings Over Water Festival, and the next few days present a stellar opportunity for locals and visitors to get out and explore the local landscape.

Now celebrating its 21st year, the 2017 fall session of Wings Over Water has roughly 100 scheduled events from October 17 until October 22, which includes hikes, paddling trips, art classes, island-hopping adventures, and much more. 
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Kinnakeet Home: Exploring the Pamlico Sound

A walk along the oceanside gives us view of the dramatic;  waves crashing, dolphins jumping, pelicans diving, shorebirds scurrying in an never-ending quest for food.  But a walk along the soundside is one of peace and calm.  Nothing seems to be in a hurry.  The horizon often seems to blend together.  Read more

Night Sky: Shooting Stars and Other Highlights for October 2017

This is the Andromeda Galaxy, Messier 31.  It's a little over 2.5 million light years away from us and contains over 1 trillion stars. With a magnitude of +3.36 it should be visible to the naked eye, but I have only managed to see it with binoculars or a scope.
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Aargh you Ready? 2017 Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree serves up piratical mischief and good times October 27-29

Come to Ocracoke Island for Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, a free three-day pirate festival October 27 to 29, 2017. Step back in time with the sights and sounds of 17th- and 18th-century pirate life as Ocracoke Island comes alive with pirate reenactment crews as they invade by land and sea.
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A Taste of Shrimp and Grits History

Day at the Docks is a celebration of the spirit of Hatteras and few things encompass that better than shrimp and grits.

Though there is a long history of shrimping on the island, it was not always considered the treasure that it is now. Fortunately for its consumers, shrimp and grits has evolved into a signature of Hatteras Island, uniquely delicious due to its fresh caught shrimp and stone-ground grits.  
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Kinnakeet Home: Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station

Two powerful currents come together off the Outer Banks: the northbound Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current flowing south from the Artic.  The warm and cold water of these two currents meet powerfully at the area in Buxton known as The Point.  This collision of water formed the Diamond Shoals, underwater sandbars that shift and change, creating dangerous conditions for ships.  This region is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. 
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Former Channel Bass Restaurant in Hatteras Village Torn Down

Longtime visitors to Hatteras village may notice a local landmark missing on their next trip to the southern end of the island – namely, the former Channel Bass restaurant.

Originally opened in the late 1950s, the Channel Bass was one of the first restaurants in Hatteras village, and was established even before the Bonner Bridge and a fully paved Highway 12 was added to the island landscape. 
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NEST: A Few Folks Making a Big Difference

It is not often that such a small network of volunteers is able to make such a large impact. However, an organization based out of an unassuming building on the back road is doing just that.

NEST, or the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles, plays a major role in the recovery of endangered sea turtle populations all along the East Coast. While the National Park Service and NEST in Nags Head monitor turtle hatchlings, NEST on Hatteras Island has more to do with the adult reproducing turtles which are so imperative to sustaining struggling sea turtle populations. 
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Shelly Island Sandbar Survives Recent Storm

Though the recent system to blow up the coastline caused mainly heavy rain on the Outer Banks, a number of locals and visitors were concerned about the survival of the Shelly Island sandbar. 

Photos surfaced on social media that showed the sandbar virtually underwater with rough surf and waves crashing over the skinny island off the Point. 
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What Kind of Shells Can you Find on the Shelly Island Sandbar? A Quick Beachcomber’s Guide

Dedicated shell seekers all along Hatteras Island are hooked on Shelly Island, and for good reason. The long sandbar that recently formed off the tip of Cape Point definitely lives up to its unofficial name.

But eavesdrop on any conversation among the throngs of visitors who are rooting through shell piles, and you’ll notice that not everyone knows what they’re looking for, and/or what they’ve just found. 
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OBX Gone Wild: Capturing the Outer Banks’ Wild Side

Many Outer Banks locals have hobbies that take full advantage of the islands’ inherently wild nature.

But few locals spend their free time just a shell’s throw away from mating water moccasins, protective black bear mommas, or an assortment of other scaly or furry critters that would cause anyone to abandon their pursuits, and head back to the safety of the couch for a TV binge-fest instead. 
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Island Watersports: A Primer on Finding the Best Surf Spots

Hatteras Island is a natural haven for some of the best, and most surf-able, waves on the East Coast. Indeed, Hatteras’ various surf spots are one of the major reasons the island welcomes more than two million visitors each year from all across the country.
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