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Cape Hatteras Hope Spot Poster – Framed

Regular price $67.00
Museum-quality posters made on thick, matte paper in a stylish frame. A statement in any room, these puppies are printed in America, sweatshop free, on archival, acid-free paper.

Hatteras, named after the Hatteras Indians, is known as the blue marlin (billfish) capital of the world. Its proximity to the continental slope, roughly 40 miles offshore, makes it the closest landmass to the slope on the entire east coast. This feature generates upwelling from the Deep Water Boundary Current that combines with the warm water from the Gulf Stream, the Virginia Cape flow, and the cold water from the Labrador Current creating warm-core rings, making Hope Spot Hatteras a dynamic area for foraging unlike any other region on the entire east coast. Fin and beaked whales are found along the deep continental shelf slope. Cuvier’s beaked whales are seen in this coastal region year round, traveling north and south along Hatteras Canyon off Cape Hatteras. Furthermore, the head of the canyon is known to be a nursery area for many fish and crustaceans, including commercially important ones. Numerous species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act are known to visit this nutrient rich region to forage for food including: the sperm, North Atlantic right, humpback, sei, fin, and blue whales, leatherback, loggerhead, green, Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, Atlantic sturgeon, shortnose sturgeon, Risso’s dolphins, Nassau grouper, dusky shark, and great hammerhead shark. Sargassum, a free-floating brown algae, consistently aggregates within the Hope Spot Hatteras boundaries creating another characteristic beneficial to marine life. Sargassum is an essential fish habitat with many inhabitance, including juvenile organisms. Commercially important dolphin fish, amberjacks, and tuna rely on this habitat as well as dolphins and ESA protected sea turtles.

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