The Graveyard of the Atlantic is a shipwreck-rich stretch of ocean off the coast of North Carolina, with pirate ships and World War II German U-boats, submarines and purpose-sunk artificial reefs. This coastal area of the Atlantic provides world-class wreck diving and photography combined with a unique big-animal opportunity.
A former U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, Spar is an intact wreck purpose- sunk in 1997. Divers penetrating the living clouds of baitfish will also encounter toothy sand tiger sharks swimming lazily through the wreck as if they own it.
The German U-boat U-352 is a short boat ride away, and a rare opportunity to see a piece of maritime history. We’ve descended on U-352 when it was shrouded in baitfish from end to end. The submarine is a unique subject for wide-angle photography and projects like panoramic imagery. — DD/JH
Spar is a superb site to work with models and experiment with lighting. An extra well-placed strobe triggered by slave lights can brighten up the wreck’s photogenic bridge.
Hit Spar amidships and head toward the forward deck to check for the greatest numbers of toothy sand-tiger sharks.
There are several shipwrecks carpeting the bottom between Morehead City and Hatteras. Plan for more than a few days in the area, and be sure to include in that a “weather day,” since the weather can be unpredictable.
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