If any intrepid readers happen to catch any spiny dogfish in the Beaufort/Morehead City/Atlantic Beach area please let me know as a comment in this post. Photographic evidence would be appreciated, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Just as a refresher, here's how you identify a spiny dogfish:
Image from Maryland DNR
Spiny dogfish can be easily told from other small sharks by the spines present on both dorsal fins. Other helpful features include the lack of an anal fin and the generally dusky coloration with scattered white spots.
Smooth dogfish will be much lighter colored, have an anal fin, and lack dorsal fin spines. Sharpnose sharks can be very similarly-colored, but again will have an anal fin and lack dorsal spines. These are really the only species in the area that might get visually confused with spiny dogfish.
It'll be another couple days before I can get back down there and try to catch any dogfish for myself, so any sightings would be appreciated.