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In Other Ocean News:

From the new DFG requirement that all lobsters remain in whole condition

Local dive shop raises a question: Once I arrive home with sport-caught lobster in a measurable condition, am I permitted to freeze the tails and discard the bodies?

Answer: If you tailed the lobster at home and then froze it, you would be in possession of a lobster in an unmeasurable condition. The law requires you to keep the head attached to the tail until prepared for immediate consumption. By the letter of the law, this applies to lobsters in your freezer at home, too. The likelihood of someone's freezer at home being checked by a game warden without a search warrant is almost non-existent. On the other hand, if you store tailed lobster in a freezer on a boat, the likelihood is much higher.


Concerns over use of scooters in removing shark teeth off coast

Collecting fossilized sharks’ teeth underwater is a big draw for divers along North Carolina’s coast, but some local dive shops are questioning how certain methods used to retrieve the artifacts could affect the habitat. "It looked like a dredge or plow had gone through the entire area and cleaned out the reef, displacing the sand and exposing the hard bottom," writes Captain Bruce Glisson of Blue Ocean Adventures in Carolina Beach. He accuses a Hatteras-based dive shop of destroying reefs by using scooters to dig or blow into the sand in search of sharks’ teeth. "Mechanical removal of sediment is dredging", adding that dredging would require a permit.

David Smithey, co-owner of Cape Fear Dive Center in Carolina Beach, said his shop was once friendly with Outer Banks Diving but later stopped filling their customers’ tanks after local residents complained about the Hatteras company’s use of scooters to uncover the ancient sharks’ teeth. Looking for the shark teeth is the primary reason clients go diving, Pieno said. The prehistoric shark teeth range in size from one-half inch to more than 6 inches, Glisson said, adding that finding a treasure or artifact is the ultimate experience in diving.

"It really spices up the adventure to find something that’s old or worth money," Glisson said. "When you go down and find these teeth, it’s like an Easter egg hunt."

A brief online search on eBay for megalodon shark teeth showed prices ranging from less than $10 to more than $1,200.

 

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