Our treasure hunter of the week prize (if we actually had one) would most definitely go to Denise Swain (thanks to Lynne Willis for the photo) who found this Megalodon tooth at Freeman Park -north end of Carolina Beach.
Denise's tooth measures just over four inches long and it would have been approximately three inches in width if complete. The original tooth's owner would have would have come in at nearly the same length of a city bus. Fortunately for today's ocean dwellers, this Megalodon stopped trolling for lunch nearly ten to three million yeas ago.
Would you like to know more about Megalodon sharks? Then head down to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher for their new Megalodon exhibit. And when your done, you may want to check out the beach areas of Fort Fisher as they are a hotbed location for shark's teeth. But shhhh, that's a bit of a secret.
Adventure Reef dares children ages 2-12 to climb, crawl, wiggle, leap, balance, swing and slide their way to fun in a safe and engaging way.
The play area features unique components – springy climbing cables, spinning bars, wobble pods – to flex children’s mental and physical muscles. In addition to the play structure, families can explore together to find fossilized shark teeth and other treasures in a new fossil dig area shaped like a spiraling nautilus shell.
“This is not an average play ground,” says Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Adventure Reef begs to be enthusiastically explored and conquered. The only limit to the fun is a child’s imagination.”
Playground_girlGenerous donations from the North Carolina Aquarium Society and corporate partners Time Warner Cable, Inc.; PotashCorp-Aurora; Pizza Hut, Inc.; and the Weston Foundation funded the construction of Adventure Reef.
The Aquarium developed the play set’s innovative design with Landscape Structures Inc., a manufacturer committed to using U.S. vendors and offsetting their CO² footprint.
Source: NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
I'm sure most of you have seen shots from this location once before, maybe? But, I always take my clients to this place for at least one sunrise shot. I don't care if the place is popular or not because each morning it looks different. And, it's an absolutely beautiful location for sunrises. The morning I took this shot we had one of the most incredible sunrise/colors than any other days of the workshop. The clouds just glowed orange/red for about 20 minutes. After that it started to rain. That's the nature of Patagonia. The uncertainty and unpredictability of weather are just few attributes of this land. The water level is kind of low now but I'm sure that is about to change. In fact, towards the end of my workshop it started to rain heavily, and mountains were all covered in snow.
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Carolina Beach, NC is located 14 miles SE of Wilmington, North Carolina (center to center). The town is part of New Hanover County. The population of Carolina Beach is 5,883. The beach is quiet and peaceful and not crowded... yet! During your stay in Carolina Beach, you can visit the Carolina Beach State Park and stay in one of the many vacation rentals or hotels on the Island. You can also enjoy fishing and boating in the Ocean or at the North End. If you are searching for nightlife - you won't be disappointed! Just to name a few, The Fat Pelican, High Tide Lounge, and The Lazy Pirate are sure to keep you entertained! The town also has several houses of worship including the First Baptist Church of CB, CB Presbyterian Church. Seaside Chapel, and St. Paul's United Methodist Church. From fresh seafood to a burger at the Ocean Grille and Tiki Bar, you are sure to enjoy your time at Carolina Beach!
Kure Beach, North Carolina
Kure Beach, NC is located only 3 miles south of Carolina Beach, North Carolina (center to center), basically merging together. The town is part of New Hanover County. The population of Kure Beach is 2,063. Kure Beach is sometimes referred to as a "sleepy beach town" that is growing in popularity and price! While there is a permanent population of approximately 1,500 residents, the town still functions like any normal town with municipal services and fire protection. The town features a few restaurants, but no commercial entertainment... it's the perfect place to get-away ... or stay if you love the slow pace of life! Kure Beach doesn't have the option to expand as it is completely surrounded with the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Historic Site, US Government owns the west side, Carolina Beach borders the north, and of course the beautiful Atlantic Ocean forms the east border.