Outer Banks Sea Turtle Nesting – Turtle Sense

sea turtle outer banksOuter Banks beaches are a thriving ecosystem. If you watch the damp sand quietly in late afternoons or early evenings, ghost crabs will pop out of air holes, scuttle along the beach and rebury themselves in the sand to avoid seabirds that feast on them.

Our beaches are also the nesting home to a number of sea turtles. Loggerheads and Greens are the most common and Kemp’s Ridleys show up occasionally. Three species, Olive Ridleys, Hawksbills and Leatherbacks, are exceedingly rare. For all sea turtles that visit the Outer Banks, North Carolina is the northern end of their nesting area, and all six species are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

By the Sea Outer BanksAh! What pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.
-The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is something extraordinary that occurs as we stand at the edge of a continent and contemplate the sea. A part of this connection is the seemingly endless horizon with occasional silhouettes of ships crossing the waters. We feel fortunate that the Outer Banks sand is soft and warm beneath our feet. The waves crest and roll to the shore with a rhythm that is soothing in its constancy.

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10 Awesome Surfboard Artists That’ll Get You Super Stoked for Surf Season!

We love surfing and felt the need to highlight some of the amazing talent from around the world in surfboard art. Here are ten of our favorite artists with examples of their work. Click the image to enlarge.

Fieldey

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Fieldey, or as her mom calls her, Haylee Fieldes, started out on her career path studying graphic design in Sydney, Australia before spending a few years travelling and then working as a graphic artist in London. In 2007 she moved to Perth where she picked up surfing and decided to custom-paint her own board. The rest, as they say, is history. Her popular YouTube channel Fieldey TV, and blog tutorials have helped to make her a rising star in the surf art scene. As an addition to her great surfboard art, you can see many uniquely designed mural of hers throughout Perth. The board we are highlighting is titled “The Saucy Knave” which Fieldey says “is one of my favourite boards… it’s a delightful mixture of tropical plants, my favourite fruit, an untrustworthy cad and a galapagos land iguana.”

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Harnessing the Wind Outer Banks Windmills

There is a tendency to think of wind energy as a new form of technology, but it is not. Converting the power of the wind to electric energy is relatively new, but using the wind to aid human endeavors dates back to the first windmills that appeared in the Near East 1,200 years ago. If sailing ships are included in wind energy, it’s difficult to find a time in human history that wind was not a part of our energy portfolio.

Since wind is our constant companion, the Outer Banks history of wind energy’s impact on our civilizations is important to discuss. It’s not surprising that one of the potentially largest commercial wind energy fields in the world has been identified off the Outer Banks, located just due west of the town of Kitty Hawk.

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Monkey Island Outer Banks

The view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is extraordinary. To the east the Atlantic Ocean crashes into Corolla beach in channels of white-crested waves; to the south on the clearest days, the water tower in Duck, 13 miles south, is barely visible. Looking west, the Currituck Sound is dotted with islands near the shoreline, and then open water until it reaches the mainland.

Looking north and slightly to the west, there is an island that sits alone in the sound, and someone with binoculars, or particularly acute eyesight, may notice the structures that dot the island.

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Sea Turtles on the Outer Banks

Sea Turtles Outer BanksSoft sand and vast uncrowded beaches are just two reasons thousands of visitors pack their cars, load up their families and head to the Outer Banks.  But, it is not just people who look to the Outer Banks as the perfect summertime haven.

From mid-May to mid-September sea turtles emerge from the surf and onto the beach for the purpose of laying eggs.  This activity tends to be more active on the southern beaches, but if you’re vacationing on the Outer Banks from the southern island of Ocracoke and north to the town of Duck, you may experience egg laying or the birth of baby sea turtles.

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Outer Banks Outdoors

Only on the Outer Banks..

The Outer Banks is home to some of the most diverse and thrilling outdoor activities that you will find on a family vacation. Although some of these activities are popular in other parts of the country, ours are unique because the Outer Banks offers the full package. Nowhere else on the East Coast can visitors enjoy such an array of activities and adventures all on one tiny stretch of coastline.


Zac Coyle Surfing OBXSurfing

Extending as far into the Atlantic Ocean as the Outer Banks does, it’s no wonder the surfing conditions here are undisputedly the best on the East Coast and rival many well
known surf spots around the world. 
Surfers can enjoy dramatically different conditions depending on where they paddle out on the Outer Banks, based on the currents and the wind. It is hard to recognize the best surf spots, because they vary from year to year depending on where the sandbars form. Some popular sites in the past have been S Curves and the Rodanthe Pier down south, and the relatively even shore breaks of Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Tune in to any local radio station in the morning, and you’re likely to hear the excited chatter of the daily surf report. WVOD 99.1 is a great resource with voices from Corolla to Avon.

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Outer Banks Beach Combing

OBX Beach CombingAfter the front passed out to sea, a clear and cool day dawned on the Outer Banks. The Atlantic Ocean, still in turmoil from the passing storm, was thundering ashore, and the crescendo and decrescendo of each wave as it collided into and retreated from the beach carried easily a half mile inland.

The waves were not that large, yet there was a thunderous power to them as they crested and then crashed into the surf with the slowly retreating tide. At its highest point the storm had pushed the sea’s waters to the very base of the dunes, but those mounds of sand held and the ocean never encroached upon the homes or road along the shoreline.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife – Outer Banks Birds, Alligators and Wolves

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge There is a unique beauty on the Outer Banks that is both understated and breathtaking, a piece of nature that has drawn the curious and adventurous to these barrier island since before the first Europeans set foot on Roanoke Island.

The preservation of its beauty has largely fallen to the Federal government and large swaths of the Outer Banks are owned and managed by the either the National Park Service (NPS) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFW).

In the Outer Banks region, the two agencies work very closely together to manage adjacent lands with differing missions. The National Park Service manages land to be used and enjoyed by the public, while the USFW manages land to preserve the natural environment.

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Annual Outer Banks Marathon

OBX Marathon WinnerThe 9th Annual Outer Banks Marathon will be run over Veteran’s Day Weekend which is when it’s held every year. It’s a huge event with approximately 6,500 participants lasting over the course of this weekend.

One of the best features of this event is how inclusive it is for a variety of people. There’s something for everyone over the weekend, fun runs, a 5k and 10K and a half marathon, making this a real family event. With the history of the event, a fundraiser for the Dare Education Foundation (DEF), it makes perfect sense that this event should be family-friendly.

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