New Island Appears Off North Carolina Coast

New Island Appears Off North Carolina Coast

New Island Appears Off North Carolina Coast

The new stretch of land has been nicknamed "Shelly Island" by visitors who say it is the ideal spot to collect seashells.

A new island has popped up along the North Carolina coast, seemingly overnight, and people are going insane over it.

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Chad Koczera snapped a photo of the new island with his drone and posted it on Instagram with the caption, "Cape Hatteras point and the new sandbar island".

A new island that has appeared off the coast of North Carolina is exciting water-loving locals and tourists alike. Her son, Caleb, has named it "Shelly Island" for the scores of untouched seashells that are found nearby.

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac points out that reaching the island involves a bit of risk though, starting with the 50 yards of strong current passing between the point and 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. Plus, locals say sharks and large stingrays have been spotted there.

The island's appearance isn't due to climate change, Paris said.

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Still, 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. "The island is new and it's drawing a lot of interest. but there are many other beaches to enjoy at Cape Hatteras including three life-guarded beaches", he told ABC News.

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