More than 150 miles of barrier beaches form the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Ever since the first sailing ships visited these shores, shipwrecks have occurred here and in large numbers. Today this region of the Atlantic Ocean is known as, The Graveyard of the Atlantic where many a ship has met their fate in these waters. Mike has been working on dive boats in Hatteras and Morehead City, NC on and off for more than 18 years and captained the dive vessel, Midnight Express with Olympus Dive Center from 2009 until 2013. Sport diving enthusiasts travel from all over the world to dive upon these historical shipwrecks. The famous German WWII U-boat, the U-352 is sunk only 28 miles south of Beaufort Inlet and is hugely popular with divers. The USS Schurz, a World War I gun boat sank in 1917 and is also a hot spot with the same dive crowd. One of the most popular dive attractions on the wrecks are the prolific sand tiger shark populations that use the rusted remains as their favorite haunts. On any given day, sharks can be seen with predictability and easily approached. Peruse Mike's portfolio within these galleries long enough and pretty soon you will see why he loves shooting these sharks. All of Mike's work is available for purchase in fine art prints. Visit the online store or contact [email protected] for your custom order.
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