Monday, February 11, 2008

Megalodon Tooth

We're planning a trip to Cooper's River down in South Carolina sometime in the next couple of month.  Actually, I'm not planning the trip, our dive club is.

Unfortunately for me, I won't be able to get down there.  (Unless, we could coordinate this trip with a wedding the may have us already down their).  We'll see.

But, either way...  the only reason you diver Cooper River is for the hunt for Megalodon teeth.  What's a Megalodon?  It a HUGE prehistoric shark that lived between 16 to 1.5 million years ago.

Check out this video...  it's of a diver finding a tooth.  See if you could spot the tooth before the diver picks it up.  The video was shot in the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

There's a big difference from this video and what you'd expect in Cooper's river. 

To start off, Cooper river is black water.  You'll need a dive light to see.  Your visibility is fixed to your dive light's range.  So, if you're achluophobic, lygophobia, myctophobic, nyctophobic, or  scotophobic, forget about this dive.  [[Unless you masochistic, then have at it]]

As the name of the location suggests, you are in a river, therefore your dealing with flowing water and current.  So definitely not for those with potamophobia.

There are eels and wildlife in the water.  Which has the makings for a great number of interesting head games.

And, lastly, the best part of the dive is the fact that large barges and boats are using the river for everyday traffic.  So, if your dive briefing says that you should stay deeper than 25' for at least 30 minutes, because a boat is expected by in 15 minutes, you'd best do so.

It's definitely a dive that can get your heart racing and I wouldn't say it's for everyone.  Would I do it again, most definitely...  but, I am sick in the head.

Pictured here to the left is something that The Fog happened across during our last trip to Cooper River.  Initially, we thought it was a femur from a human body.  However, Shane got it analyzed by someone at OSU and we have official word that it's a deer bone.  Whew!

Which is a good things, I don't like the thought of Shane and Jeanne having a pissed off ghost running around wanting his arm back.


KnightDiver said...

So, here's the trip details...

We head down to Cooper River, the boat schedule is as follows:

Departure time
May 17 - 12:45 PM
May 18 - 7:30 AM