Spotted on Ocracoke: The cannonball jellyfish

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A cannonball jellyfish off Springer's Point on Ocracoke. Photo: P. Vankevich To read more Ocracoke nature articles,...

Ask the Observer: Which jellyfish or jelly?

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From Greg Klein This photo was taken at Springer’s Point. I think it is a jellyfish, but I am not sure. There were a few...

Shell identification on Ocracoke, N.C., beaches

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here The images below were created by John Timmerman of the North Carolina Shell Club to help beachcombers...

Fiddlers in the sand

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich From mid-to-late summer into early fall when walking Ocracoke Island’s sandy trails and along sound-side areas such as Molasses...

Death of a Royal Tern

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A Royal Tern. Note band on left leg. Photo: P. Vankevich By Peter VankevichComing across a dead wild...

Observed on Ocracoke: The Fiddler Crab

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  Text and Photo by Peter Vankevich   In the late summer and early fall of the year when walking along the marshes such as Molasses Creek...

Glass lizards: shy island denizens

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By D. Creeksong Repeat visitors to the island are amazed upon discovery of this simple fact: until you truly park your vehicle, and walk or...

They’re Back! Snowy Owls return to North Carolina

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For Ocracoke news, click here  For more information on Snowy Owls, click here  By Peter Vankevich “Ahoy! Hast thou seen the great white owl?" So cried the...

Birds of Ocracoke: The American Kestrel

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By Peter Vankevich From early September into early winter, it is possible to see three species of falcons on Ocracoke. Peregrine Falcons migrate through and some...

Ocracoke’s seldom seen but much esteemed Atlantic ribbed mussels

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Ribbed mussels drawing by Pat Garber. By Pat Garber Hidden among the roots and stems...