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New ‘Mystery Island’ Appears Off the Coast of North Carolina

The mystery island, which has been unofficially named “Shelly Island,” is one mile long and over 400 feet wide.


People are going out of their minds over a new “mystery island” that has suddenly appeared off the coast of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The island was first spotted by photographer Chad Koczera.

Koczera used a drone to take aerial shots of the island. At that time, a storm had just passed and he was actually just looking for shells. He ended up discovering the landmass.

Flashback: When the coast was clear and no island was in sight.

The mystery island has been unofficially named as “Shelly Island” by locals because so many seashells and colorful pebbles are littered along the sandbar. Locals say, though, that the island was “just a little bump” about a month before Chad’s discovery. They also didn’t expect it to be a full-fledged island.

Prior to his island discovery, the photographer noted there was a fierce storm.

Sara C. Nelson of The Huffington Post UK notes:

“Its location puts it right where the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Currents come together – a spot known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic which lives up to its name thanks to the ribs of whale bones and shipwrecks that peep through the sands.”

The cresecent-shaped island seemed to pop up overnight.

The area happens to be teeming with sharks and huge manta rays. Aside from that, the riptides that go through the new island are incredibly strong. Thus, people have been told that they should be extra careful in the area.

Jonathan O’ Callaghan of IFLScience! says that it’s really not so unusual for a landmass to emerge in the area. He explains,

“That’s because here, where the southbound Labrador Current hits the warmer Gulf Stream, the rough waters and storms can cause dramatic changes, eroding beaches and bringing new sediment, too.”

Then again, Callaghan also points out that an island of such considerable size is “quite unusual.” For the record, the island is one mile long and more than 400 feet wide.

People are tempted to cross over to the new island, but they've been warned against it.

Scientists say, though, that the shape of the mystery island will still change. They even say that it could disappear later. It could also just merge with the mainland.


Octopus and a 256-Pound Seal’s Epic Battle Caught on Cam by a Kayaker

Survival of the fittest has never been so awesomely gruesome.

In the wild, the survival of the fittest is sometimes a graceful ballet of eat or be eaten - but it can often be horrifying for the earth’s most recent tenants, us, tenderfoot humans. Animal behavior both fascinates and frightens us, especially when it involves death.

In this particular instance, a tourist guide captured the terrifying fight to the finish between an oversized fur seal and a huge octopus. The encounter occurred in the middle of New Zealand’s South Bay with a lot of thrashing and flying animal bodies.

Kaikoura Kayaks guide Conner Stapley was minding his own business on the water on South Island, New Zealand recently while guiding three other kayakers when he saw a flock of seabirds flying over a spot in the water.

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Hero Cat Stops a Burglar and Saves His Owner

A cat stopped and injured a burglar who was forcing his way inside his owner’s home.

A pet cat proved his paws and fangs are not just for catching rats, he can also fight a burglar! Binky is now being considered a hero after foiling a burglary attempt at his owner’s home in Finley Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana, and saving his owner in the process.

It was around midnight when Cynthia Kootz was alarmed to hear her cat growling. She went out to check the garage but there was nothing. But minutes later, she heard a man banging on her front patio window.

Cynthia Kootz with pet cat, Binky.

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Cheetahs Are So Socially Awkward That Zoos Assign Them Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”

They sure can learn a lot from the warm and friendly canines.

Dogs are man's best friends, but did you know they also make as great buddies for cheetahs? Our canine friends are instrumental in preserving and protecting the endangered cat both in captivity and in the wild.

For example, since the 1980s, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been assigning emotional support dogs to cheetahs that are part of the zoo's captive breeding program. Why is this necessary? Well, cheetahs are naturally shy, skittish, and socially awkward, and these are traits that cannot be bred out of them.

Dogs play a vital role in the conservation efforts for cheetahs.

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