Today the lifesaving
community is gone. Although mariners use modern navigational aids
the island and its shoals continue to provide a hazard to shipping.
There was a shipwreck on the island in 1999.
Up to six persons live
on the island all year but the population increases to as many
as 20 as various scientific groups visit for short periods.
main station provides the island's administrative centre, communications,
coordinates aircraft arrivals and departures and also maintains
the infrastructure such as generating electricity and waste disposal.
are some of the current weather activities on Sable island:
data (high altitude balloons launched twice a day)
Chemistry: carbon dioxide; carbon monoxide; isotopes of Oxygen
and Nitrogen; measurements of Aerosol particle concentration;
physical, chemical, and optical properties; monitoring emissions
from local activities
observatory monitors the fine structure of the earth's magnetic
lighthouses are automatic now. This one runs on solar power, even
with Sable's 125 foggy days a year.
Scientists come every
year, mostly to study the birds, seals and horses.
Tracking seals with a radio transmitter
Museum scientists gather insects in
traps like this.
While individual animals live and die, the wild horse population
survives without human help.