The INSIDER Summary:
- A vacationer in North Carolina discovered a new landform off the coast of the Outer Banks.
- Using his drone, he captured incredible aerial photos of the new island.
- According to local officials, however, the island could disappear soon since the North Carolina coastline changes constantly.
Koczera, who was collecting seashells on a nearby beach, noticed the landmass and decided to fly his drone over the area. His pictures revealed a sandbar-like area that had not previously been identified.
The sandbank, which was nothing but a little hunk of sand a few weeks ago, grew to an island about a mile in length, and is located near Cape Hatteras, part of the Outer Banks. It is now being explored by visitors, some of whom have nicknamed it “Shelly Island.”
Due to a variety of factors, including sea-level rise, urban development, and storm damage, the future of the Outer Banks is unclear. In fact, it is increasingly common for sandbars and landmasses, like Koczera’s discovery, to form and disappear along the coastline.
Koczera’s Instagram is filled with drone photography, so there’s no telling what he might discover next.