Alien in the waters of Ocracoke: The Octopus

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By Pat Garber It was another daring prison escape. Lounging in my Ocracoke window seat and listening to NPR one recent morning, I was intrigued.    The escapee,...

Park Service to offer sea turtle nest excavation programs in August...

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Each spring and summer female sea turtles--loggerhead green, and occasional leatherback--make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.  Approximately...

Islands off Portsmouth: Shadows of their former selves

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Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Three of the islands off Portsmouth Island have seen better days. Once large enough to support human presence, these days...

Someday soon Seymour suddenly will bloom

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Text and photos by Connie Leinbach One of these days soon, Seymour will suddenly bloom, bask in a short glory, then die. Seymour is a century...

Birds of Ocracoke: Indian Runner Ducks (Seriously)

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich Note: Indian Runner Ducks can occasionally be seen...

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...

NC Shell Club members seek the extraordinary on Ocracoke

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By Connie Leinbach Members of the North Carolina Shell Club think shells are rather extraordinary. “A creature that makes a shell like this is kind of...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bonaparte’s Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Chroicocephalus philadelphia (formerly Larus Philadelphia) By Peter Vankevich This is a small buoyant gull with a...

Microbeads: a new threat to the environment

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 By David Mickey “Please pass the plastic.”  No one intentionally sprinkles plastic on his or her dinner.  Most people prefer natural foods without any additives.  But unseen...

Dolphins basketball and lecture on an invasive plant today

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Two Island Events today Ocracoke basketball is on today (Jan. 27) in the school gym. The games will be broadcast on Ocracoke’s community radio station...