Sunset Beach, North Carolina

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Jo O'Keefe Copyright 2009. Photos may be used for educational purposes only. Contact me with inquiries.


This mini website for the 3-mile-long barrier island, Sunset Beach, NC, contains a list of 260 species of birds found on Sunset Beach and Bird Island, NC. It also includes a list of 183 species of mollusks -- seashells -- found on the eastern point of Sunset Beach between June 2008 and November 2009. There are hundreds of images such as beach textures, visitors, sunrises and sunsets and marine life. They include both common and unusual species such as Busycon carica, Phyllorhiza punctata, Physalia physalis, Mustelus canis, Stomolophus meleagris, Alligator mississippiensis, Astropectin articulatus, and Bunodosoma cavernata. For those who love marine life, the best part of the island is the far east end. Many invertebrates can be found there because it is covered by high tide twice daily. Invertebrates range from barely visible amphipods and isopods in seaweed and on sponges to massive jellyfish. Photos of invertebrates that I have found are on this website.

Visitors love Sunset Beach and adjoining Bird Island for their tranquility. They enjoy the long walk to the jetty at the NC/SC state line on the far western end and finding sand dollars along that stretch. They visit the Kindred Spirit Mailbox, leaving journal entries and reading those written by others. Visitors and residents are fascinated by the goats of nearby Goat Island, by the pontoon bridge, and by construction of the new high-rise bridge. Probably the greatest tourist attraction is the Wood Stork. Hundreds of them have chosen Sunset Beach for their home for decades. A recently deceased Sunset Beach Wood Stork is now at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for scientists and researchers to study.