But there’s sharks in the water!

Pete Nawrocky, OMS Sales Manager

April 14, 2016

Shark diving. Sounds like a movie line, and years ago divers thought twice about stepping off the boat. The level of education and understanding of these magnificent animals has grown tremendously. In some parts of the world dive trips are organized just to be in the water and get a close-up look. One area off of the United States is North Carolina. Commonly referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, many ships have succumbed to the treacherous storms or lost the fight with a torpedo. Divers travel to this area to visit shipwrecks ranging from Tankers to Submarines.

Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus) can be found year round in this area but the heaviest concentrations are during the July to August time frame. Which can coincide with stellar diving conditions. Of course this being the “Graveyard” there is no guarantee of the weather.

Divers and sharks share the water.

Photograph by Pete Nawrocky

Many Dive Shops and vessels can be found all along the coast. This trip found us diving with Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City N.C. and a group of divers from Hampton Dive Center in NY. This group traveled over 11 hours to dive with the “Tigers”. Since the highest concentrations and greatest chance of seeing the sharks were around the wrecks, we anticipated a great trip; even if the sharks had changed location it would still be a great wreck dive.

Heading out we dove the wrecks of the Aeolus (110 ‘) Caribsea (90’), Indra (65’) and the U-352 (110’). The sharks were everywhere, even inside the wrecks. Water temperatures were in the mid 80’s and visibility was averaging 50 feet or better. The seas were a bit bouncy, occasionally on some trips 3-5’ but lack of any real current had everyone having a good time.

“The sharks are very calm during the day since they are nocturnal feeders”

Our divers were happy to descend into shark infested waters.

Photograph by Pete Nawrocky

The sharks are very calm during the day since they are nocturnal feeders and it was not uncommon to have them swim by 2-4 feet away. Some were quite large at over 7 feet, but at no point did anyone feel threatened. Swimming with and interacting with these magnificent animals is an opportunity not to be missed. Bring a camera and a mask that won’t leak when you break out in a big smile after your first encounter. Just keep your hands to yourself and take lots of images.

Special thanks to

Olympus Dive Center
713 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

And the great divers from:

Shark divingHampton Dive Center
369 Route 24
Riverhead NY 11901

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