Farewell, Shelly: North Carolina's Surprise Island Now Connected to Land
Guess we'll leave those tiki umbrellas at home.
Earlier this summer, the internet was set abuzz of the discovery of Shelly Island on North Carolina’s coast. With the Autumnal Equinox now only two days away, it appears this Outer Banks drawing card was a one-season wonder.
The newly created island—about the width of three football fields—was formed off the tip of Cape Point, a popular spot for fishing. The moniker “Shelly Island” for the little sandbar stuck and drew the interest of adventurers and photographers from near and far all summer long. So much so, that thrill-seekers and social media enthusiasts didn’t seem to mind that officials urged people to be very careful around the island due to tide currents, and even looming sharks and stingrays near by. (After many rescues, Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials advised against swimming to Shelly, and encouraged people to kayak or paddleboard instead.)
Well, before you grab your camera gear, there’s a new update for the viral landmass. The Virginian Pilot reports that Shelly Island is now connected to land. “The massive offshore sandbar that gained national attention, and a name, after it formed in the spring has continued to grow–it now connects at low tide to Cape Point, which belongs to Cape Hatteras National Seashore,” explained reporter Jeff Hampton.
Currently, the state and the park are looking into joint management of the former free-standing island for policies like dog leash and bird-nesting rules. Meanwhile, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is on the hunt for the next internet sensation to lure visitors to the OBX.