A new sandbar island, measuring about 1 mile long and nearly 480 feet wide, has surfaced off the coast of Buxton in North Carolina. The new spit of land, which suddenly emerged from the sea, is, as officials warn, highly dangerous to explore for humans. The development has grown from a mere nubbin in April to the current size over the past few days.

While the new piece of land may be tantalizing for explorers, chiefly owing to the treasure trove of seashells it has – a reason why it was named the Shelly Island by one of the early explorers of the island, it could be landmass full of fishing hooks owing to its closeness to a popular fishing spot in the area. It could also be dangerous because of the possibility of stingrays and sharks prowling beneath the water’s surface near this little island. Also, the island suffers from string rip currents owing to the narrow strip of water of about 50-foot that lies between the mainland and the island.

According to a statement released by the Cape Hatteras National Seashore recently, the area of the coastline near the new formation is constantly transforming. The point, called the Cape Point, sometimes also witnesses changes in orientation and storms and currents consistently shape the land. It is highly likely that such forces have led to the formation of this island, surmising that the formation could get bigger or even sink in a few years.

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