The Outer Banks has a new attraction this summer: an island. It’s a mile long and three football fields wide and it’s just off the tip of Cape Point, the world-famous surf-fishing site near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
“Yeah, isn’t it crazy?” visitor Janice Regan said. “It was just a little bump in April.”
She and her 11-year-old grandson Caleb searched it Memorial Day for seashells. Caleb christened it “Shelly Island” for the loads of large, unblemished whelks and other shells they found.
They are not the only ones exploring the surprise sandbar.
It is attracting anglers, seashell collectors, adventurers, photographers and the plain curious. The “Shelly Island” name is spreading on social media.