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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tour

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News Release Date: August 1, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Cindy and Ben Helland (left) of Columbus, OH and Nathan Howell of Lansing, NC spent an afternoon exploring U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescue vessels with USCG Fireman Kyle McLane at the Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tour this past Wednesday. This free program is provided by the National Park Service and the USCG every Sunday and Wednesday afternoon through the summer months. The USCG and its predecessor, the U.S. Lifesaving Service, have a long and distinguished heritage on the Outer Banks. This coming Monday, August 4 will be celebrated nationally as Coast Guard Day – the anniversary of the 1790 establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service, forbearer of today's USCG. (NPS Photo)

Did You Know?

Sea Whip, though it looks like a plant, is actually whole colony of animals.

A piece of sea whip that washes up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is not a plant, but the skeleton of a whole colony of animals. A tiny animal lived in each hole on the yellow, orange or purple stems. It had a mouth, a stomach and eight tentacles to catch food.