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SABLE ISLAND

Graveyard of the Atlantic

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SABLE ISLAND

Graveyard of the Atlantic

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Sable Island is a tiny spit of sand in the Atlantic Ocean, populated by more than 500 wild horses, 50,000 seal pups, the Ipswich Sparrow and no permanent human inhabitants.  Known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the fog, storms and shifting sand of Sable has claimed over 350 ships and thousands of lives since 1583.  

 

                              

 

 
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Sable Island is the newest Canadian National Park accesible only by charter aircraft or ship. The plane seats 5 and costs $6000,  the cruise ship offers only 2 trips a year .

 

 

 

 

The film STORIES of SABLE ISLAND and the accompanying Virtual Reality episodes will take you to the Island as it is today and to the Sable Island of yesterday.  Explore the island, study the wild horses, watch seal pups swimming for the first time and be amazed at the magic and mystery of this island made only of sand and marram grass.

 

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Sable Island is the newest Canadian National Park accesible only by charter aircraft or ship. The plane seats 5 and costs $6000,  the cruise ship offers only 2 trips a year .

 

 

 

 

The film STORIES of SABLE ISLAND and the accompanying Virtual Reality episodes will take you to the Island as it is today and to the Sable Island of yesterday.  Explore the island, study the wild horses, watch seal pups swimming for the first time and be amazed at the magic and mystery of this island made only of sand and marram grass.

 

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the island


Sable is a small island - 26 miles long by 1 mile wide - 190 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The island, now a National Park, moves and changes shape through the effects of strong winds and ocean storms.

 

Sable derives its name from the French word for "sand". In 1901 the government planted 80,000 trees in an attempt to stabilize the sand drifting. All died but 1 small pine...the only tree on the island today.

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the island


Sable is a small island - 26 miles long by 1 mile wide - 190 miles southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The island, now a National Park, moves and changes shape through the effects of strong winds and ocean storms.

 

Sable derives its name from the French word for "sand". In 1901 the government planted 80,000 trees in an attempt to stabilize the sand drifting. All died but 1 small pine...the only tree on the island today.

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shipwrecks


Over 350 shipwrecks have been documented and it is suspected that there are many more. Early ships had little if any navigation tools and the island sands shifted up to 5 miles in wind and currents.  Once a ship "saw" Sable, it was already too late.  

In the early 19th century, the Humane Establishment, a lifesaving crew was established to help shipwreck victims. Members patrolled the island, looking for ships trapped in the sands  and surf.

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shipwrecks


Over 350 shipwrecks have been documented and it is suspected that there are many more. Early ships had little if any navigation tools and the island sands shifted up to 5 miles in wind and currents.  Once a ship "saw" Sable, it was already too late.  

In the early 19th century, the Humane Establishment, a lifesaving crew was established to help shipwreck victims. Members patrolled the island, looking for ships trapped in the sands  and surf.

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Horses


The wild horses of Sable Island may have arrived on the island when the Acadians fled Canada.  Traders brought the hoses to the island in the 1750's.  Today they are protected by law, subjects of a long term  study  and photographed by artists and horse lovers, but no one is allowed to feed or bother them.

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Horses


The wild horses of Sable Island may have arrived on the island when the Acadians fled Canada.  Traders brought the hoses to the island in the 1750's.  Today they are protected by law, subjects of a long term  study  and photographed by artists and horse lovers, but no one is allowed to feed or bother them.

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seals


Harbour and grey seals breed on Sable.  As many as 50,000 pups are born on the island that have been documented by Dr. Don Bowen and his team, who have been studying the seal population for decades.

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Harbour and grey seals breed on Sable.  As many as 50,000 pups are born on the island that have been documented by Dr. Don Bowen and his team, who have been studying the seal population for decades.

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Stories of Sable Island 

 On the Screen and in Virtual Reality

coming in 2016

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Stories of Sable Island 

 On the Screen and in Virtual Reality

coming in 2016