There are wonderful adventures awaiting you when you visit ...BUT...you need to be careful and understand that you are not invincible and neither are your children or pets. If you are not familiar with the areas you are visiting ask questions. It only takes a split second for tragedy to strike, and for all the memories to be destroyed by grief.
I am writing this because I am hoping it will help save a life !
If you want to spend the day at the beach , please watch the following video I borrowed about RIP CURRENTS.
It could save your life ...or your children. Please except the fact that you have to watch over your children ...they do not know the dangers and after the last week , four lives were lost because the people did not exercise the necessary cautions in enjoying the Paradise we call the Outer Banks.
What to do and how to tell there are RIP CURRENTS
Another accident happened when someone was Tubing on the sound and he fell off , unfortunately he was not wearing a life vest, which could have saved his life. It would have kept him afloat and they would have been able to save him. Ego or laziness should never get in the way of common sense , none of are invincible.
WEAR LIFE VESTS ...PUT THEM ON YOUR CHILDREN Even at the beach...a minor inconvenience could save a life.
Pets are not allowed on many beaches during the summer , so please make arrangements for them to be safe. DO NOT LEAVE them in a HOT CAR.
DIGGING HOLES IN SAND
Please do not dig or let your children dig holes deeper than a foot, we have had people die from holes that caved in on them and buried them alive. Again a preventable accident .
Also it is important to the Sea Turtles and other wildlife for those holes to be taken care of.
OUR WILD HORSES and WILDLIFE
Our Wild Horses need their space and you need to give it to them , they will bite and kick defending themselves and the stallions will cause serious injury to protect their harems of Mares and foals.
Never walk up to them always give them their distance, when driving on the beach make sure you proceed at a safe speed. Unfortunately some of our precious horses have been hit and killed on the beach and in neighborhoods. They have the run of the Corolla/Carova area , and it is your responsibility to pay close attention and help protect them .
Also NEVER feed them anything , the link below is about a wild horse in Assateague that ate dog food that was left unsecured and died. A preventable Death and tragic loss.
TURTLES AND THE BEACHES
When you go to the beach with all of your creature comforts , remember they are not comforts for the creatures that live there.
When you leave the beach take all of your stuff you brought with you , including your trash, the tent , the chairs ...everything .
Those things because death traps to the turtles , birds and other wildlife when you leave them behind.
Also FILL IN ALL HOLES you dig and Flatten sand castles. Turtles have fallen into holes cannot get back out and die. Another tragic Loss of human/ wildlife interaction.
And if you are staying in a home that is on the beach or near it , please keep outside lighting off as it will confuse the turtles coming in for nesting at night.
We want you to Enjoy your time in our special piece of Paradise , and go home with wonderful memories that will make you visit again and again. So please take to heart this words I share with you and yours .
Have a Very Safe Visit !!!