New island appears off North Carolina coast

New island appears off North Carolina coast (Source: Courtesy Chad Koczera via CNN)

CAPE POINT, NC (CNN) – A new island has formed off North Carolina. It’s a mile long, about 300-yards wide and it recently appeared off the tip of Cape Point near the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.

Officials say the current around it is as strong as a rip current — so visitors should not try to walk or swim to it.

Plus, locals say sharks and large stingrays have been spotted there.

But, the new island is a great place for seashells. Some are even calling it “Shelly Island.”

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