Seashells by the seashore: Tourist ban has uncollected shells piling up on Outer Banks

OUTER BANKS, N.C. — The lack of tourists in North Carolina’s Outer Banks during the coronavirus pandemic has been creating large piles of uncollected seashells.

A Facebook video posted Monday by the Cape Lookout National Seashore shows a multitude of colorful shells spread out across the beach as waves splash over them.

A day at the beach, Cape Lookout National Seashore -- no narration

Postcards from the beach -- Need your beach fix? This short video was sent to me this weekend from the ranger on patrol. Video has no narration -- only sounds are from the wind and waves.

Posted by Cape Lookout National Seashore on Monday, April 13, 2020

While park facilities are closed, both Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras national seashores in the Outer Banks are open to residents.

The shells remain uncollected since visitors tend to gather them during the springtime.

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