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  1. Went out to a quarry in Eastern North Carolina last week, with all of the rain that we had the previous day I was pleasantly surprised that they still allowed us in. My favorite find of the day was the stingray barb. It measures over three inches long and has a nice gray color. Random tooth Found several crocodile teeth. The whole mess. Saw several nice Megs found by other hunters. Had a nice hunt, searched and every once in awhile found a nice fossil.
  2. Can you identify this shark tooth?

    Hello TTF members! I have recently purchased a supposed "baby megladon" tooth at a pawn shop but I know it was an all-out scam for tourists. The reason I bought the tooth was because of its sheer size compared to the other shark teeth there, and because sadly it was the only real one I could identify. I'm guessing it came from a shark in the Otodus (Am I saying that right?) genus. I also purchased a few other teeth, but I don't feel any need to identify them because they are all mixed fragments.
  3. April Fools Day Trip in VA

    April Fools Day I took my wife, our buddy and his son @Daleksec and 2 local Paleontologists on the boat along the Pamunkey River for a little fossil hunting and stratigraphy lesson. Unfortunately, we had heavy rains the day before which drove up the water level a few feet and kept us from exploring the site where Daleksec found his February VFOM . Here are 2 photos of Daleksec's and his dad's finds, all collected in about an hour. This was a new spot for me that I had never collected before but the Paleontologist who is the stratigraphy expert put us right on the spot. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!! The first 3 teeth found were pre-megs in less than 5 mins. This area we collected is Lower Calvert Formation (Miocene) sitting on Old Church Formation from the upper Oligocene. We also hit another spot that has a nice Piney Point exposure from the middle Eocene with Old Church and Calvert above. @Daleksec collected some of the oysters from the Piney Point and found this in the matrix when he cleaned everything up. Pretty impressive. He also found a sand dollar but destroyed (and I do mean DESTROYED) trying to remove it from the matrix. Remember @Daleksec, patience my young apprentice, patience. :-) Perhaps @sixgill pete or someone else can help identify it. All in all, not a bad day on the water. If I'm honest, any day I get to spend fossil hunting with my wife is a great day. I'm very fortunate that she has the same passion, though i do remember a time when I had a 10 handicap in golf. Obviously, we will be exploring the new spot some more in the near future. Don't worry @MarcoSr, I will definitely show you the new spot, after I blindfold you of course. :-) If @sixgill pete ever makes it up this way I would show him too, with the blindfold of course. Cheers, SA2
  4. From the album Florida Shark Tooth Hunting March 2017

    This was the prettiest tooth found on our Florida trip and is in perfect condition, it either belongs to the dusky or bull shark species and was uncovered on a private beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. (The next three photos are of the same tooth).

    © 2017 Got Bones?

  5. Larger Dusky or Bull Sharks' Tooth

    From the album Florida Shark Tooth Hunting March 2017

    This was the biggest tooth found on our Florida trip and is in perfect condition, it either belongs to the dusky or bull shark species and was uncovered on a private beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. (The next three photos are of the same tooth).

    © 2017 Got Bones?

  6. Medium Dusky or Bull Sharks' Tooth

    From the album Florida Shark Tooth Hunting March 2017

    This was the first tooth found on our Florida trip and is in perfect condition, it either belong to the dusky or bull shark species and was uncovered on a private beach in West Palm Beach, Florida. (The next three photos are of the same tooth).

    © 2017 Got Bones?

  7. small non-hemipristis

    Yesterday the tides were very far out in the bay. I think the multiple days of winds blowing south did it. Finding things at Brownies/Bay front park was difficult because it's been picked over. I think the tide has been abnormally low for multiple days now. I did find this small tooth at the end of my searching. It is the tooth in the upper left corner of the two pictures. I'm pretty sure it is not a hemipristis, as the shape is not right. Am I looking at a very small Meg? thanks for any help.. It is about 1 inch long on the diagnol
  8. This past weekend in Central VA it was low 70s on Saturday and low 80s on Sunday with an extremely low tide both days, mid-morning. My wife and I, our buddy and 17 y/o son (TFF member Daleksec) and another friend of ours took the boat out on the Pamunkey River Saturday morning for a little fossil hunting / collecting. Since the tide was so low, we decided to start out with some surface hunting at a little beach with a nice Calvert Formation exposure. We immediately hit the jack pot and found some nice sharks teeth and random bone pieces. After finding everything on the surface we all started screening. (This is what my wife and I found Saturday.) The 3 buddies had this much or more in their bags for the day. If anyone knows what this 1" piece of bone that looks like a jaw is, please chime in. After a few hours of collecting and the tide coming in fast, Daleksec noticed an exposed vertebrae on the beach about 6 inches from where I had just picked up a tooth. After some quick exploration this is what we saw. My hand for quick scale. (Yes, I realize everyone's hands are different sized.) We were racing the incoming tide at this point. We didn't know how much of the skeleton was there since we didn't get to explore in either direction. I was pretty sure I saw a humerus and counted 12 vertebrae exposed before we covered it. The tide came in and covered it all about 5 mins after we finished burying the exposed bones in matrix to protect. The bones are literally sitting in the base of the Calvert Formation and right on top of the Old Church Formation. This Old Church exposure is the ONLY Oligocene exposure in VA. Obviously, our fossil plans for Sunday just changed and then we spent the rest of Saturday teasing Daleksec about the raccoons, opossums and deer coming to get "his" skeleton or at least running off with "his" skull. :-) Everyone but he enjoyed the witty banter about "his" disappearing skeleton. With the rising tide we decided to head farther up river to an Eocene / Oligocene contact exposure I know. Checked out the first small area and only 1 small tooth was found. My buddy wanted me to move him around a bunch of overhanging trees and snags. As I dropped him off on the bank (beach all covered by tide at this point), he walks over and picks up THIS!! He gets my attention and said, "I found something. I don't know what it is, but I'm not throwing it away." This is the very 1st Squalodon tooth I've seen found at this Oligocene exposure in 7 years of collecting here. To say I was jealous was an understatement, but I'm glad if someone had to find it and it couldn't be my wife or me, it was him. This pretty much finished up our day and WOW, what a day it was. Sunday in the next post.
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  10. My First Calvert Cliffs Trip

    We were in DC for the weekend so we decided to hit Calvert Cliffs on Monday. I had read a little about some of the higher percentage places so that seemed like a good start. When we arrived, it was 35 degrees and a 15 mph wind so it was a little chilly. I was really excited to see that a great deal of material had fallen from the cliffs so I thought I may be able to find my first tooth from its original resting place. After a lot of unsuccessful digging, we eventually fell back into old habits of just looking on the ground. It started off slow with just a few really small teeth but the further from the parking we got, the better the teeth were. We capped it off with our first ever cow sharks tooth! I always expected these to be fairly small but this one was around an inch long. Unfortunatly, the cliffs are about 6 hours away so it may be a little while until we get back that way.
  11. The Maya and Fossil Shark’s Teeth

    How the ancient Maya brought sharks to the jungle By Annalee Newitz, Ars technica, Dec. 9, 2o016 http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/12/how-the-ancient-maya-brought-sharks-to-the-jungle/ “Inland Maya communities knew an awful lot about sharks without ever visiting the sea.” Giant Megalodon Shark Teeth May Have Inspired Mayan Monster Myths By Tom Metcalfe, Live Science http://www.livescience.com/57202-megalodon-teeth-inspired-mayan-monster-myths.html The paper is: Newman, S. E., 2016, Sharks in the jungle: real and imagined sea monsters of the Maya. Antiquity. vol. 90, no. 354, pp. 1522-1536 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/div-classtitlesharks-in-the-jungle-real-and-imagined-sea-monsters-of-the-mayadiv/2060934F3D8F5089C22227213F0CB95A Yours, Paul H.
  12. My son and I avoided the stores today and headed to the beach for a two hours. It was very crowded (it was a beautiful 80 degree day) but we still managed to come home with some finds - a bunch of teeth (I'm still learning types), a ray barb, three puffer fish plates, drum fish tooth, tilly bone, and more. I would have never known what any of these were if it weren't for this forum. Learning a little at a time. So these finds may not seem like a big deal, but to me, they are Also found this tube (at the bottom of the pic) that under a loupe has a lot of tiny holes - I had never seen one. Just a quick shot with the iPhone as I don't want to get my camera out right now.
  13. Spent a couple of early morning hours on Post Oak Creek this morning trying to beat the heat. We had a little rain the other night so I figured I would give it a shot. Someone posted a couple of weeks ago about snakes but I can tell you I saw less than usual, zero to be exact. The bigger issue is finding access. The usual spot was grown over and the only option was to go down on your rear which doesn't bother me much but once I slid down the challenge was to find a way up the slippery clay but that was something to worry about later. There was an abundance of teeth. There were tons of small foot prints that looked fresh so someone must have been out there yesterday after the Saturday night showers. They must have found the good ones but I did get a good haul of broken teeth with a couple of complete teeth for the display jars. Found a few bone fragments, a partial lobster, three gastropods and a nice bottle.
  14. this is my haul from 2 hours recently on one off my favorite creeks near ft myers, surprisingly the water is still low. hope to go again this week end,
  15. As of today the Cooper river water temperature is 65 degrees. The Edisto river water level is approaching 6 feet. I am sure the charter boat Captain's are checking batteries, cables, trailers, changing oil, lubricating cables, etc. By the end of May the 2016 scuba fossiling season will be in full swing. It will not be long before we will be seeing what the GIANT FLOOD of 2015 washed out of the sidewalls. Is your gear ready yet? Tanks hydro-ed? Visually inspected? Regulators serviced? Batteries replaced? Mask and BC checked for leaks? Dive weights located and gathered? Which rivers are you planning to dive? Which boat captains are you planning to use? Have you checked to see if they are running their dive charters this year? Planning any offshore scuba fossiling this season? Which dive charter? SC or NC. Anyone headed to Venice this year? Anyone planning any snorkel shark tooth hunting?
  16. Shark Tooth Hill recomendations

    I am located in Charleston SC. Here we have river guides that will take you on their boat and put you over sharks teeth. I have paid land guides in Florida and offshore fossil hunting boats. I may be in Bakersfield CA on business in the near future. Interested in knowing of any paid guides for shark tooth hunting. No guarantees, just someone that knows the area and makes a business of taking paying customers to sites. How do things work in that area? Most of our best sites are underwater and the boat owner must have a Captains license to charge for his service.
  17. Hello everyone! This coming week my family and my girlfriends family will be staying at Ponte Vedra beach and we were hoping to get some advice about where to look for fossils in the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville area. We've found a decent amount on the beach at Ponte Vedra in the past but we were wondering if anyone know of any dredge pile areas or any other fun places that we should check out while we're in the area. In the past we've done a lot of searching in the Englewood/Manasota Key area, and even a trip to the peace river which was a whole lot of fun. Any advice or help would be really appreciated. Looking for fossils, especially sharks teeth, is something that we all really enjoy doing together. Happy holidays!