Photos & Stories
Sea-Horses of Shackleford
"They've always been there, they were here when our people came;
they swam ashore off sinking ships"
- the elders of coastal North Carolina
On an uninhabited barrier island, just off the coast of North
Carolina, live wild horses. They roam the dunes and marshes and swim
in the small channels between the island and the nearby tidal flats,
which ebb-out on the low tides and disappear again with the next
high tide. For generation after generation of the coastal people,
there have been stories handed-down about the wild horses that
roamed these sand banks we now call the Outer Banks. Hardy and
tough, they have survived where man could not. They have endured ...
through hurricanes, droughts, north-easters, so'westers, and
centuries. Now they need protection to survive.
Foundation for Shackleford Horses, Inc.
A wild stallion wades the
shallows on the Back Sound side of Shackleford Banks. Two of his mares and the youngest member of his herd, a filly, soon follow.
Even the tiniest residents of
Shackleford can swim.
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