Just off the coast of Nova Scotia lies the natural windswept beauty of Sable Island. It’s a place where wild horses have roamed free for hundreds of years; their manes blowing in the salty sea air. This 42 km stretch of land is also home to the worlds largest colony of grey seals. The tough, sturdy horses have survived on the island since the late 1700’s. Quite admirable when you consider the weather challenges facing the island due to it’s remote location in the Atlantic Ocean, 300 km from Halifax. A handful of scientists, researchers and meteorologists work on the island but there are no facilities for visitors.
Sable Island Horses – A Photographer’s Dream
Sandy Sharkey has had a life-long passion to photograph the rugged horses that have roamed wild on Sable Island since the late 1700’s. In December 2013, the Canadian government officially declared Sable Island Canada’s 43rd National Park Reserve. Sharkey was ecstatic to be one of the passengers aboard the vessel ‘Ocean Endeavour’, which sailed from St John’s Newfoundland to anchorage one mile off the sandy shore of Sable Island. Her photos from that journey capture the stunning animals on their island home, living as they have for centuries now.
To view more of Sandy Sharkey’s Sable Island horse photography, go to www.sandysharkey.com.