Captain Tom Collins of Spearit Charters decided to retire this year from running trips. He asked if I would be interested in bringing Tortuga down to Wrightsville Beach to run a long weekend of Megaladon Shark tooth trips for a good customer. Reese Davis of Bermuda Triangle Scuba from Greenville, SC booked Tortuga for 3 days of hunting for the large prehistoric sharks teeth on the ledges off Frying Pan shoals.
On Thursday August 16th, Tortuga set sail for Masonboro Inlet via the the wrecks of the Porta Allegra and Normannia. Captain Al Vogt of Atlantic Beach Diving Services accompanied me on the trip and we decided it would be a waste not to get a couple of dives in on the way. He would tie in and do a dive and I would untie. We left Beaufort Inlet around 9am an were greeted with a bumpy swell as we headed to the 55 miles to the Porta Allegra (commonly known as the Lobster Wreck). By the time we arrived, the wind fell to 5 knots and the swell subsided to a gentle cadence. We did not find any lobster, but I was able to take a nice Hog Snapper off the wreck.
Then we were off to do another dive on the Normannia and we were rewarded with 50′ of visibility and a structure teaming with sealife. Arriving at Wrightsville Beach Yacht Club around 6 pm we were greeted by Reese and his group to check out the boat. We chatted for a while and made plans for Friday morning and they headed off to dinner, while Al and I prepared for a dinner of fresh grilled Hog Snapper on the boat.
The weather was warm and humid with a light breeze as we left the dock and headed for the fossil ledges. It remained that way until late Sunday afternoon when the wind picked up in front of a squall line that met us as we returned to Masonboro Inlet after the final day of diving. Everyone had great dives and brought back a bountiful booty of the prehistoric sharks teeth.
Here is just what Reese got alone.
What a great trip and Tortuga will make plans to offer several weekend in Wrightsville running charters to gather some more of these wonderful fossils.