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Sable Island Visitors Guide
Sable Island, has many unrecognised and unknown risks . The visitor experience can be enhaced, by some simple basic rules and knowledge. Make sure your will, life, and medical insurance are current. Also have a healthy bank balance, as delays can be expensive. Emergency Medical Evacuations by air can be potentially expensive as well. (Peace of Mind) Of the last 15 cruise ships to attempt to land visitors/tourists on Sable Island, only 5 have succeeded. This works out to a 33% chance of potentially getting ashore, and does not address the issues of getting back on the vessel, or what happens if they get delayed or left behind. Swimming is dicouraged in the shark infested waters, that surround Sable Island. The large seal population, which are warm bodied mammals, that fight and bleed, from cuts, bites, and scrapes, attracts and holds a large shark population, just off the beaches, and in the surrounding ocean. The predominant marine carnivores in Sable Island shallow areas, are Greenland and Great White Sharks.
Physical fitness is important as walking on sand is very tiring and stenous. It is hard on joints, muscles, backs, and feet. Sweating is a problem in humid conditions, and Sable Island is always humid. Never drink water from the fresh water ponds, as they are contaminated, with the dead bodies of Horses, seals, birds, animal urine, and feeces.
The very best clear blue sky conditions are high U.V. which can be 11+ Extreme, when multiplying the applicable factors, associated with the reflection of U.V. from dry sand, water, and wet foliage which has a mirroring effect. In some cases only seconds of sun exposure can result in a nasty burn. Proper clothing and footware are necessary and not a luxury. Sand sticks to skin, and gets everywhere. Walking around in bare feet is asking for trouble. Broken glass, rusty nails, sharp shells are only a few of the perils. Surprisingly there are plenty of sharp objects, upon which a visitor can impale themselves on. Keep this in mind when wandering around on beaches and in tall grass. Blowouts are another place where a fall or trip can result in a visitor being injured, and hidden from view.
Leave military flares and other unidentified items alone, as the potential for injury exists.
In 2010 Environment Canada recognised the potential for a Tsunami, after an underwater landslide on the Laurentian Fan, to the East of Sable Island, triggered an underwater earthquake. The purchase and delivery of a 'Tsunami Survival Pod', for the use of Environment Canada personnel was the result, along with a Tsunami warning call service.