• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Stories

Stories are a shared history that connects us to everything around us - people, objects, animals, or places. It is through stories that we learn about the triumphs, tragedies, daily struggles, challenges and opportunities that have shaped an area and all that can be found within it.

The history of Cape Hatteras National Seashore is rich with stories from the earliest settlements to modern times. Stories of war, piracy, devastating storms, shipwrecks, and moving a lighthouse have all helped shape the seashore and the people who live here.

Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.