A New Island in Cape Hatteras

A new island has formed in Cape Hatteras

A new island has formed rather quickly in Cape Hatteras.

A new island has unexpectedly and rapidly emerged south of Cape Point, a popular surf, kayak and fishing destination at the southern tip of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Large sandbar formation and shifting shoals are not unusual along the barrier islands of the Southeast coast.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore personnel have been watching a shoal forming in this area for some time. According to Dave Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which oversees Cape Point, this formation is “unusually large compared to what we’ve been seeing in recent decades.”

The new island—one mile long and several hundred yards wide—is locally being referred to as “Shelly” Island due to the abundance of shells found on its shoreline.

By Bob Arrington Southern Boating, September 2017

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