World Oceans Day is June 8th
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble invites the public to experience the great ocean resources at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in celebration of World Oceans Day. First recognized by the United Nations in 2008, World Oceans Day is designated as a special day for people around the globe to celebrate ocean resources.
World Oceans Day programs are free and do not require reservations:
·9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Hatteras Island: Our Ocean - Explore the wild side of our ocean at an interactive discovery table. Join a ranger to touch turtle shells, whale bones and much more as you discover how life in our ocean is tied to our lives on land. Meet just outside the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Visitor Center.
·11:00 a.m., Ocracoke Island: Barrier Island Nature (30 min) - Discover more about the plants, animals, and shifting sands of the Outer Banks. Meet at the Ocracoke Visitor Center.
·2:30 p.m., Bodie Island: The Ocean and the Next Generation (1 hour) - Join a ranger for an afternoon walk along the beach and learn about the future role of our oceans in providing food, recreational opportunities, and critical habitat for endangered species. Find local marine life and discover their roles in the surrounding ocean ecosystem of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Bring sunscreen, water, bug spray, and a hat. Meet at the Coquina Beach parking lot.
·3:00 p.m., Hatteras Island: Ocean Discovery Walk (1 hour) - Join a ranger for a walk to the beach and discover the nature of the ocean. Learn about oceanography, coastal geology, and the key roles our oceans play in sustaining life on earth. Bring sunscreen, water, and a hat. Meet at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion.
Did You Know?
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.