Are Harbor Seals Bypassing the Outer Banks This Year?

The weather finally turned cold today. Honestly with that northeast wind blowing at around 25, bitterly cold is properly how it could be described. It’s been a while since it has been this cold on the Outer Banks. It certainly has saved on heating bills, but the truth is, it is January and it is … Continue reading Are Harbor Seals Bypassing the Outer Banks This Year?

A Springlike December Day on the Outer Banks

We seem to be in an almost springlike weather pattern right now on the Outer Banks. Hard to imagine that Christmas just happened and the New Year is almost here. The high today topped out around 60. The winds were so light they were barely noticed and the sea had a beautiful sheen to it. … Continue reading A Springlike December Day on the Outer Banks

Black Bear Central at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Every once in a while we’ll get a notice or something will come across our desk that is a reminder of just how remarkable the world of the Outer Banks is. In this case, it’s not quite the Outer Banks, but awfully close. Right next door at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge, it … Continue reading Black Bear Central at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Living Shoreline Takes Shape along Moor Shore Road

Living shorelines are becoming the new wave of shoreline protection. On the Outer Banks we’re seeing more and more of them being put into place. They are not as quick, easy or cheap to install as a bulkhead, but they have some significant advantages over hardened structures. Mostly, they don’t wear out. More than they … Continue reading Living Shoreline Takes Shape along Moor Shore Road

An Outer Banks Sanctuary Takes the Lead

The Pine Island Hunt Club is now the Donal C. O’Brien Audubon Center in Corolla. At one time it was one of the premier hunting lodges on the Currituck Sound, it’s holdings stretching from the Currituck Sound to the Atlantic Ocean. Before NC 12 connected the Currituck Banks with the rest of the world, to … Continue reading An Outer Banks Sanctuary Takes the Lead

Whales, Sharks Swim Past Outer Banks

It’s migration time out in the Atlantic Ocean off the Outer Banks. We had some whales—probably humpback—feeding within 100 yards of the Kitty Hawk shoreline on Monday. Over the weekend, three tagged great white sharks pinged a few miles off the coast. it’s a typical pattern of life in the sea. There’s a tendency to … Continue reading Whales, Sharks Swim Past Outer Banks

Outer Banks Surf Report-Excellent Conditions Everywhere

A Great Day–And Week–To Be On the Water We must have done something right to please the Surf gods here on the Outer Banks because for the past week we have just about ideal surf conditions… and today was no exception. And it looks as though those conditions are going to continue for the next … Continue reading Outer Banks Surf Report-Excellent Conditions Everywhere

Perfect Weather Creates Perfect Opportunity to Explore Outer Banks

Sunny weather and a beautiful sunset over Kitty Hawk Bay. It looks as though the weather gods are going be blessing the Outer Banks with some beautiful sunny days and mild temperatures for the next week. This is certainly the time to get out and enjoy some beautiful fall days. There is so much to … Continue reading Perfect Weather Creates Perfect Opportunity to Explore Outer Banks

Jockey’s Ridge State Park-An Outer Banks Hidden Gem

Discover the Unexpected at Jockey’s Ridge State Park There are, throughout the Outer Banks unexpected finds–a hidden gem, if you will. Places that may be a bit more difficult to get to, but getting there is worth every bit of the effort. Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head is one of those places. There … Continue reading Jockey’s Ridge State Park-An Outer Banks Hidden Gem

Fulgurite-Lightning Captured in the Sand

Fulgurite a Delicate, Intricate Shape of Lightning The Outer Banks week is looking like it’s going to be a bit stormy for a couple of days. The forecast doesn’t look too bad toward the end of the week though. With the storms, if there is lightening, comes the possibility of a remarkable phenomenon—fulgurite. Created by … Continue reading Fulgurite-Lightning Captured in the Sand