• Nesting Loggerhead Spotted on NC Beach

    A female loggerhead sea turtle was spotted making its way back to the ocean after laying a nest on North Topsail Beach on May 9. The resident who filmed the journey said the site was a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Coastal Reserve Collects Shorebird Data at Masonboro Island

    Masonboro Island is prime nesting habitat for birds including the American oystercatcher, and shorebird monitoring technicians collect data that can be used to study and protect the species.

  • Science on the Sound

    The University of North Carolina’s Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese hosts monthly Science on the Sound lectures for the public. Officials at the institute say the program is valuable for both the public and the scientists who present the information.

  • New Look at Battle of the Atlantic Wrecks

    Underwater exploration firm Global Subdive of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recently shared this video showcasing its work with the UNC Coastal Studies Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, surveying during summer 2016 the wrecks of the World War II German submarine U576 and the cargo ship Bluefields, off the North Carolina coast.

  • McGrady Talks Energy Policy at Summit

    Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, discusses state energy policy March 3 during the University of North Carolina Institute for the Environment’s Clean Tech Summit.

  • Changing Coastline, Increased Vulnerability

    Recent analysis of aerial Dare County shoreline photographs from 1947, 1974 and 2007, coupled with other records and data, is helping researchers understand the region’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and other changes.

  • Fishermen Recover 4,270 Lost Crab Pots

    Commercial fishermen hired by the North Carolina Coastal Federation collected more than 4,200 derelict crab pots all along the state’s coast. Lost and derelict crab pots pose a navigation hazard in sounds and continue to trap and kill marine life.

  • Volunteers Join Effort to Clean Up Coast

    Volunteers up and down the state’s coast worked together on Jan. 14 to clean up litter on shorelines, a kickoff to the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s annual Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project. Erica Connery of the federation’s Wanchese office captured the action on Hatteras Island.

  • Documenting the Battle of the Atlantic

    Maritime archaeologist Joe Hoyt of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary discusses exploration of the wreck of the Dixie Arrow, a tanker sunk off Cape Hatteras by the German submarine U-71 on March 26, 1942.

  • Tracing Nesting Sea Turtles’ Family Trees

    Mellissa Dionesotes, assistant sea turtle monitor with the North Carolina Coastal Reserve, explains how the Masonboro Island sea turtle monitoring program works, including DNA testing to identify and track family lineages of nesting turtles. Video: Robert Seagle

  • December Feeding Frenzy

    A large group northern gannets dive in a feeding frenzy at Bogue Inlet, behind the point at Emerald Isle. Gannets are pelagic birds that show up close to shore in late fall and the winter, but are rarely seen feeding landward of the barrier islands. Video: Sam Bland

  • Haunted History: USCG Station Emerald Isle

    It’s not a spirit from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” but something, perhaps the ghost of Chief Warrant Officer William Finley Piner, has rattled a few crewmen at Station Emerald Isle.