Cape Hatteras National Seashore Offering Programs On Shipwrecks And "Cownose Rays"

Winter might not be the best time to enter the Atlantic at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but it's a great time to learn more about shipwrecks off the North Carolina barrier island and a unique species of ray that swims its waters.

Later this month, Dr. Nathan Richards of East Carolina University will provide a presentation on "Shipwrecks of the Outer Banks." The program is scheduled for Monday, January 21st, at 7 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton and Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour.

Dr. Richards will explore the maritime archaeological work he recently completed during an ECU field school on the remains of gunship USS "Huron" (Nags Head) and steamer "Kyzikes" (Kill Devil Hills). Using underwater images and scientific observation he will discuss these wreaks and numerous others found along the Outer Banks coastline.

In February, Mr. Robert Fisher of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science will provide a presentation on "The Cownose Ray." That program will be offered Monday, February 11th, at 7 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton and on Tuesday, February 12th, at 7 p.m. at the Ocracoke Community Center. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour.

Mr. Fisher will discuss the research he has done on the Cownose Ray. Using display items, underwater video, and other imagery, Mr. Fisher will highlight these unique and dynamic creatures that travel in large schools, often numbering in the thousands, moving in and out of the sounds and bays along the eastern seaboard.

The Know Your Park citizen science program series at Cape Hatteras National Seashore is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring national park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

"These presentations offer park visitors as well as local residents an opportunity to learn more about and enjoy this fascinating coastal environment and their national parks," said Superintendent Barclay Trimble.