Sunday, August 11, 2013

Video: Diving with Sand Tiger Sharks on the NC Wreck Caribsea

NC Wreck Caribsea
It's time to head to deeper waters for some sand tiger action as these docile, yet toothy sharks lurk around the North Carolina wreck Caribsea.

The Caribsea was sunk on March 11, 1942 by a German U-158 submarine.  The 261 foot ship was sailing alone from Santiago, Cuba to Norfolk, VA with a cargo of manganese which was used in steel production. The ship sustained two torpedo hits on the starboard side and sank within three minutes and came to rest on the ocean floor at 85 feet. It is located about 10 miles off Cape Lookout, NC.

Sand Tiger Sharks at NC wreck Caribsea
Because the ship sank so quickly, the crew was never able to launch their lifeboats.  Off the 28 crew, only seven crewman survived after hanging on ship debris for 10 long hours as they awaited rescue.

Today the ship is a popular site for divers to explore.  It is home to an abundance of marine life including a large population of sand tiger sharks which can be seen in this video. The visibility on the wreck is generally good with viz averaging about 40 feet can be up to 80 to 100 feet at times.

The video was posted earlier today by Andy Orr and is 2:42 in length.
Photo is screenshot from video.