Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

August 19, 2017
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The graveyard of the Atlantic

Sable Island, a narrow crescent of grassland and windswept sandy beaches 300 kilometres southeast of Halifax, is the site of more than 200 known shipwrecks beached there since the mid-1700s. It’s also home to a herd of about 400 wild horses, descendants of horses a Bostonian clergyman sent over to graze. And as of May, the so-called the Graveyard of the Atlantic has also become Canada’s latest national park. In addition to the horses, Sable harbours the world’s largest congregation of grey seals and several at-risk species such as the Ipswich Savannah sparrow, which breeds nowhere else on earth. Not a lot of people visit Sable — about 50 visitors and 160 researchers. It may be slightly easier now, though don’t expect the picnic tables and cabin rentals anytime soon — the number of visits will likely be limited. museum.gov.ns.ca/mnh/nature/sableisland.

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