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Environment
6:23 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

'Masses' Of Sharks Near Shore On Carolina Coast

Blacktip sharks feed on the coast near Cape Lookout.
Credit Shark Attack News

A series of videos and photos show masses of sharks on the North Carolina shoreline. Two videos posted online this week show what appear to be blacktip and/or spinner sharks in a feeding frenzy near Cape Lookout.

The sharks are further ashore than usual, feeding in just a few inches of water.

Nancy Fish, with the state Division of Marine Fisheries, said it's a migratory season for fish, which can lead to shark activity closer to shore.

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Politics & Government
6:48 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

NC Reviews Coastal Seismic Testing Proposal

Credit Billy Hathorn, Creative Commons

State officials want to hear from the public as they review an upcoming seismic testing project off the coast of North Carolina. 

The National Science Foundation plans to survey the sea floor this fall near several Atlantic states.  Scientists say they want to know more about how our continental crust shifted and stretched. 

They will use up to 36 seismic air guns, which release highly pressurized blasts of air.  Environmentalists have said that will injure marine life and could disrupt migration patterns. 

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Environment
11:42 am
Tue August 12, 2014

What's Next For Offshore Wind In North Carolina?

Credit Board of Ocean Energy Management

On Monday, the Obama administration announced about 300,000 acres of land of the North Carolina coast that will be explored for possible offshore wind development. The announcement includes three locations for potential development - two near Wilmington and one about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Kill Devil Hills.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

DOT Secretary And SELC Director Debate Bonner Bridge

SELC's Derb Carter (left) and NC DOT's Tony Tata in the WUNC Durham Studios for The State of Things. Engineer Robin Copley adjusts the microphones.
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

The North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the Bonner Bridge last week, leaving Hatteras residents with few options for transportation to and from the mainland. In the wake of the closing, politicians have accused environmentalists of delaying construction of a replacement bridge. Activists say the blame is misplaced and the Department’s delays are at fault. 

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Tornado
11:28 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Tornado Causes Injuries, Damage Along Coast

Credit National Weather Service

Three people have sustained minor injuries after a tornado hit the North Carolina coast. The roof blew of an Atlantic Beach condo, with a couple inside, and flying debris hit a Carteret Community College student.

The National Weather Service office in Morehead City issued a tornado warning last night. Forecaster Lara Pagano said a water spout moved onto land.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Scientist Discovers Alternative Use For Hog Waste

State of the art lagoon waste management system for a 900 head hog farm in Georgia.
Credit Jeff Vanuga / Photo courtesy of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The struggle over hog waste lagoons in North Carolina is decades long. Historically, the lagoons have caused several fish kills and contaminated the public water supply. 

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Photographer Documents Workboats Of The Core Sound

Photograph from Larry Earley's new book Workboats of Core Sound, published by UNC Press.
Lawrence Earley Photography

For decades the primary industry of the Core Sound was the fishing industry which used workboats. Although the fishing business in the area has declined, workboats remain a source of social memory for residents there. 

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Watching The Rising Tides Along North Carolina's Coast

Credit Western Carolina University

Scientist Robert Young says that even the most conservative estimates show rising sea levels have a strong effect on the beaches of North Carolina. 

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Military
11:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Watch Dramatic Atlantic Rescue By Coast Guard And Navy

Scene from Sunday rescue of Wings crew in Atlantic Ocean

Here's video of a dramatic Coast Guard and Navy rescue off the North Carolina Coast. Watch as the Coast Guard and the crew of the Navy destroyer USS Cole rescue three people Sunday. Those rescued were from a sailboat, Wings, located approximately 210 miles offshore of North Carolina coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Environment
9:14 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Carteret County Threatens Legal Action Over New Federal Loggerhead Turtle Protections

Credit Wendell Reed, via Flickr, Creative Commons

Carteret County's Board of Commissioners voted file a letter of intent to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Service over new protections for the loggerhead sea turtle. The US Fish and Wildlife Service is considering declaring parts of Carteret County a critical habitat for the turtles. They are currently designated as a threatened species by the Endangered Species Act.

The Carteret County Shore Protection Office claims that existing protections for loggerhead turtles are enough, and that new guidelines would hurt business and tourism in the area. Pete Benjamin, who directs the Raleigh Field Office of the Fish and Wildlife Service, says the new rules will only affect federal activity.

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