The coquina comes in a spectrum of colors, from pale purples and pinks to bright yellows and oranges, and can even feature stripes or interesting color combinations. Seashells don’t normally stand a chance on Outer Banks beaches this time of year. Ride to Shackleford Banks West End. Venture out by boat or passenger ferry to enjoy the rare privilege of watching horses that live without the help of man. Boat trips from Harkers Island and Beaufort take you across to either the east end of the island (and Cape Lookout) or the west of the island. After shelling, climb the lighthouse, which was built in 1859, or watch more than 250 species of birds before returning to the mainland. Last week, the park shared images of wild horses enjoying the bare beaches in Shackleford Banks, a barrier island that lies to the south of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Both Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks receive waves from the Gulf Stream, which allows for more shells to wash up and be found while snorkeling. To get there, hop the passenger ferry at Harkers Island, keeping an eye open for Shackleford Banks wild horses along the way. Photo of the Week: Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015 Photograph by Alex Goldstein of Wilmington. Beautiful fully in tact conch shells. The interesting ones get snatched up by families on spring break and end up as keepsakes or in crafts back home. While sea shells often wash up along the Emerald Isle coastal shorelines, more plentiful sea shells can be found just a short ferry ride from the island to Cape Lookout or Shackleford Banks. Appreciate the horses' tenacity and watch their social behaviors. Photographer Alex Goldstein captured this image, “Seashells on Shackleford Banks,” in June 2013 after a beach scavenger hunt for sea shells with others while camping on Shackleford Banks. Shackleford Banks at the southern end of the park is limited to foot traffic so the shells last longer as it is possible for one person to carry off only so many at a time. It was a beautiful day on the island. Look for dolphins as we cruise to Shackleford Banks. However, Island Express Ferry Service is still sailing daily to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout lighthouse, please visit islandexpressferryservices.com or call 252-728-7433. Horses of Shackleford Banks. Located on Shackleford Banks Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we offer wild horse and shelling tours along our pristine beaches. Close to hopping beach towns like Atlantic Beach, as well as quieter shorelines like the Shackleford Banks where the seashells wash up in waves, Beaufort is a fine starting point for a wide array of shelling adventures that can result in unforgettable, natural souvenirs that vacationers will treasure for … This was our 2nd time to Shackleford Banks and it didn't disappoint when it came to shells. A coquina shell bed is always the most colorful sight on the beach, and though only 1" long at the most, coquinas are arguably the most striking of the Outer Banks seashells. This ferry service is the best way to get to the island! We walked along the ocean side during low tide and enjoyed hunting for shells and seeing the occasional wild horse. Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses. 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