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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

National Park Service Beach Access Report for September 29, 2006

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Date: September 29, 2006
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Hatteras Island District (Ramp 30 South to Ramp 34)

A RESOURCE PROTECTION AREA, approximately 350 feet in length, is located 0.96 miles north of Ramp 34 and will be effective on September 30, 2006. This area of the beach is narrow and a turtle nest, expected to hatch in the next two weeks, is situated high on the beach at the edge of the dune line. No bypass between the nest and dunes can be effectively established, resulting in a full beach closure in the vicinity of the nest. ORV and pedestrian access is open on either side of the closure, but there will be no through access between Ramps 30 and 34 while this closure is in effect.

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.