A woman living on a remote island off the coast of Canada devoid of human life could certainly give Robinson Crusoe a run for his money. Zoe Lucas, 67, has spent more than 40 years living on Sable Island, a large smile-shaped sandbar measuring around 26 miles long. The only other residents on the patch of land are around 400 horses, 300,000 grey seals and 350 species of bird. Talking to MailOnline Travel, Lucas, who is revered for her work as a naturalist, revealed that she has adapted to island life and never gets lonely. She says her essential survival tools include a jotter pad, so she can take notes, and binoculars to observe the wildlife on the sandy shores. Sometimes there are some rather odd things she spots through her lenses, however, with a fake leg being one of the more bizarre things that have surfaced on shore.
The citizen scientist from Halifax first visited Sable Island as a 21-year-old in 1971 while studying goldsmithing. 'I squawked and squawked, I wanted to come so bad. I originally came out here for the horses,' Lucas explains.
Sable Island, which is only accessible by boat or charter plane, is home to hundreds of wild horses, which are completely unmanaged.
It's believed the animals arrived on the island in the early 18th century to help with agricultural work when a settlement was attempted and later they were recruited to help man a lifesaving station.
Sable Island - which is shrouded in fog for around 125 days of the year - is a notorious shipping hazard.
It is said to be home to more than 300 shipwrecks, earning it the nickname 'graveyard of the Atlantic'. One of the more recent accidents occurred in 1981.
But Lucas says the hostile environment didn't deter her and she swiftly returned to Sable Island and made it her home.
She set up camp on one end of the island, where former buildings from the abandoned lifesaving station once stood. Supplies are flown in on a weekly basis to enable her survival.
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