The Dutch North Sea island of Terschelling - The pearl in the mudflats (mareTV)
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Terschelling, the "Pearl of the Wadden Sea", is one of the Netherlands' five North Sea islands. The thirty kilometres of sandy beaches, massive dunes and the oldest lighthouse in the country are unique. The islanders, once whalers and wreckers, are to this day, particularly resourceful with things that have been washed ashore on their coast after being spat out by the sea. Wandering sandbanks and gales were always a seafarer's enemy. Hundreds of wrecks lie off the island, where the locals become treasure hunters. Nico Brinck and his div-ing team have rescued innumerable historic cannons from their North Sea graves. With special authorisation from the mayor, he is the only one allowed to fire them on Terschelling. In the summer months, a veritable armada of leisure time sailors and excursion boats moor just off of the island. Almost on a daily basis, inexperienced sailors get stranded on the treacherous, wandering sandbanks. Arjen de Boer specialises in quick rescue. For more than 40 years, the "Jenny Baynton" was a lightship off the English coast, until she was convert-ed to a radio ship by radio hams. Once a year, she broadcasts offshore as Radio Seagull, making her the world's last active radio ship.