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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

NPS Reopens Bodie Island Spit

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Date: June 27, 2006
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111

Effective today, Cape Hatteras National Seashore has lifted the nighttime closure on Bodie Island Spit located 1 mile south of Ramp 4. The area had been closed since last Friday night for resource protection of an American Oystercatcher and newly hatched chick. The adult American Oystercatcher and chick are feeding within the pre-nesting closure area near the pond.

“We would like to thank the visiting public for their cooperation and compliance of this temporary closure. We are also happy to be able to lift these closures whenever possible. While it is our responsibility to protect these birds, we also wish to provide our visitors with positive experiences on the Seashore,” stated Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray.

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.