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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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Stories

Gold Lifesaving Metal

Gold Lifesaving Metal. Inscription on the reverse side: “In testament of heroic deeds in saving life from the perils of the sea.”

The islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore have born witness to daring rescues, secret raids, and legendary storms.

The places of this park have hundreds of years worth of stories to tell. But it has been the people--from the early settlers of Portsmouth Village and the whalers on Shackleford to the keepers of the light and the heroes of the surf--who have brought life to the stories of the coast.

In this section, there is a small sampling of the stories in and about this part of the legendary Outer Banks.

Did You Know?

Male Fiddler Crab

If a male fiddler crab losses its large claw during a fight, its small claw will grow into a large claw and its missing claw will grow back as a small claw. Cape Lookout National Seashore