This gallery is from the 2017 North Carolina Shark & Wreck Shootout with Mike Gerken and Olympus Dive Center. We had great weather all week. This was the 4th year for the contest and we explored several wrecks including the Atlas, Carib Sea, U-352, Aeolus, Schurz, and the Papoose. The water was murky and green on the Carib Sea but there was clear blue water on the U-352, Schurz, and Papoose. There were multiple sand tiger sharks on the Atlas and Aeolus. These sharks proved to be quite inquisitive and often came in for a close look. The large female sharks were easily 7-8 feet long. The wreck of the Aeolus was a great location for shark photography. The inside of the wreck often fills with sharks and allows multiple divers to view the sharks from outside. Mike referred to this as "Club Aeolus." The sharks can be found wandering through the wreck and down the passageways. Truly spectacular!
I had a great time diving with the group. We had 2 boats all week and great weather blessed us with calm seas. The boats are spacious and allowed multiple cameras. There is also dry space inside with padded seats.
Mike is planning another shark shootout for 2018. Check his web page at evolutionunderwater.com for details.
© Mark Etter Underwater Photography