New island forms off North Carolina coast

Danny Woods
June 27, 2017

According to Travel + Leisure, the island is approximately a mile long, three football fields wide and located just off Cape Point in Buxton.

A new island has surfaced in the sea off the coast of North Carolina, drawing locals and tourists to its shores. Seemingly overnight, a new island popped up off the coast of Cape Hatteras, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The massive sandbar is already a hit with anglers, photographers and other curious beachgoers.

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Currents and storms can change the size and shape of the coastline, including the 100-acre spit of land known as Cape Point, Dave Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, told the Virginian Pilot.

According to The News & Observer, four people have already died in rip current related incidents this month. The local park service has also issued several warnings for those trying to enjoy long summer days on the new island. He noted that the new island could disappear in a few months or could grow in size and connect to the shoreline. "Historically, that area is a very good place to fish too".

The new stretch of land has been nicknamed "Shelly Island" by visitors who say it is the flawless spot to collect seashells. "Do not go alone", Dowdle said, noting that the water is particularly rough near the island thanks to strong currents and riptides. However, Smith warns that because of that, it's probably not best to walk over to the island at low tide when the water may appear shallow.

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