Yes, there really was a pirate named Captain Morgan a long time ago, (17th Century,) and he most probably inspired the colorful pirate we see today hanging out with his boot up on his barrel of spirits near local watering holes. But the Captain Morgan we know here at Inn At The Beach is best known for his generosity of spirit. He is a highly respected and truly appreciated individual.
Everyone acknowledges that Venice Beach is known as the Sharks Tooth Capital of the World! People come from all over to search for the prehistoric sharks teeth and fossils lining our shores here on the Gulf of Mexico. For over 50 years, Captain Robert Morgan, a local resident, has dedicated endless hours of his free time not only searching for sharks teeth and fossils, but sharing his found “treasure” with thousands of children of all ages.
Have you discovered Captain Morgan’s “Treasure Chest”?
One of our favorite sights is seeing Captain Morgan walking through our entry door with his “Treasure Chest” in hand. Inside the box are sharks teeth, fossils, and necklaces that are destined to be handed out to our younger guests staying at Inn At The Beach. General Manager Tim Brown says, “Captain Morgan is such a wonderful person. He takes a lot of time making those necklaces. Many are adorned with beads, and wrapped carefully with wire. He’s been donating items for years and we really appreciate all his generosity.”
Captain Morgan says he gets a kick out of seeing the reactions of the children. He feels there’s nothing better than finding enthusiastic young people with whom he can share scientific info, ecology tips, stories about diving, and of course fossil gifts. Many of the children respond by furthering their own knowledge base with online searches and school projects. Over the years Captain Morgan has donated many thousands of sharks teeth and fossils to church and festival events, schools, and charities. He’s been diving for over half a century and during that time has had some interesting adventures.
Can you imagine searching for sharks teeth while real sharks swim overhead? Or wading in a river for fossils while alligators watch you from the riverbank? Under the sea, Captain Morgan has found an airplane, an old cannon, shipwrecks, and huge Megalodon teeth. The next time you visit Inn At The Beach, look for him poolside, probably surrounded by excited children, and he will be happy to share his stories with you!