water, fast current and minimal visibility. Sound appealing? Well, it is for
fossil hunters wanting to bag the toothy remains of the giant megalodon
shark. Still with us? Divers scour Cooper River in southeast South Carolina
for remains of the creature which roamed the ocean millions of years ago.
But shark teeth aren't the only treasures waiting to be discovered.
Depths to: 80
feet (24 m) but usually 12-35 feet (4-11 m)
to 10 feet (3 m)
temperature: 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit (5-7 degrees Celsius) in the winter
when visibility is best and up to 90 F (32 C) in late summer.
Fossils including shark teeth the size of your hand is how the dive area is
known best. Some teeth date back 7 million years. You'll also find whale
ribs, American Indian pottery, spear and arrow tips, tusks from a variety of
animals including saber tooth tigers, mastodon molars and antique bottles.
Fees: Check with
area dive and charter operators. They include Freedom At Depth Diving, (843)
746-9896; Deep South Rivers, (803) 428-3884; Cooper River Diving, (843)
572-0459; Charleston Scuba, (843) 763-3483; and Capt. Tom McMillan's A Day
on the Cooper River, (843) 693-8485.
amenities: For topside accommodations and diversions, visit the Charleston
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.charlestoncvb.com.