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Found 22 results

  1. River Diving Northeast FL

    Hi everyone, I recently moved up to Fernandina Beach this fall. I've been having decent luck finding fossils along spoil piles on islands and beaches. But as an avid diver, I'd like to take it underwater this spring/summer. The only fossil diving I've done so far is out of Venice and some snorkeling in the rivers in Central Florida. I know that the current is ripping through the St. Mary's and St. John's and it is a blackwater dive, but I've heard of people diving them for meg teeth. I've got my boat and all my dive gear here waiting for the water temp to warm up. This is shaping up to be a mild winter so that may not be too long from now. Can anyone give tips on what to look for along the river? Should I be watching my depth finder for drop offs? Any tips for once I'm in the water to find the fossil beds? I don't expect anyone to give up their spots but a little guidance would be greatly appreciated. I know the hunt is half the fun. Also, if anyone is looking for a dive partner, let me know! Happy hunting, Anthony
  2. Diving the St Marys River

    Dove the St Marys river Sunday with Subpay charters and had a productive day finding lots of megs, makos, great white, mammoth and whale teeth!
  3. SC Shark Teeth Article

    Collecting in SC, small controversy. http://www.thestate.com/latest-news/article205982124.html
  4. New to North Carolina

    Me and my wife, Navy Corpsman, were recently moved from San Antonio to Jacksonville, NC. I'm glad to be back on the east coast. I've checked out Onslow Beach and the Aurora Fossil Museum and their piles outside. I've had luck at both but want to switch my focus back to the creeks, rivers, and perhaps quarries. I've been interested in checking out GMR for quite some time but don't have the screens to properly search right now. I'd love to get to the Tar River and find some inverts, specifically ecphora, which I've always loved finding. I'm also itching to get back into the rivers and dive. I have experience in black water diving but not in the rivers of North and South Carolina. I'm interested in diving but would like to find some shallower/slower rivers to get my feet wet again and acclimated to the experience. I'm not nitrox certified yet so Meg Ledge isn't on my list just yet, although I hope to do it in the future. I'm open to almost anything, so if anyone has time and wants to point me in a good direction or perhaps tag a long with on a hunt, I would be appreciative.
  5. Hi All, While diving South Carolina rivers, I've collected a group of bones which seem to have the same general characteristics: Roughly hourglass shaped, tapering lengthwise (like a doorstop), most have perceptible grooves if viewed from the correct angle. Are these just random bone frags that coincidentally eroded to roughly the same shape? Or can they be identified to a specific body part such as an ankle or foot ?
  6. Another Meg Ledges Trip

    A couple of members have been asking about my recent trip to dive the ledges off Wilmington. Here is a quick trip summary. We chartered a fast 43ft boat that took us out 42 miles to an area that is a little over 100ft deep. That takes two hours of running to get there. Then we dive using big 120cu ft HP steel tanks filled with Nitrox (air with more oxygen mixed in it), so that we can stay on the bottom a bit longer than if we were using air. We did two dives on the first day, and returned back 5 more days in a row, diving 3 tanks every day after the first day. We dove 17 dives in six days, all over 100ft. This was the first time I ever got to go out everyday that we were scheduled to go. The weather is quite variable 42 miles from shore, and it was a gift to get out that many times in a week. They had to cancel the day before we arrived, and the day after we left. We had a perfect weather window, but not without hurricane GERT going by to give us 10ft swells for a day. That was a real eye-opener to see how much the swells could move you and the bottom 100ft down. Everything and everybody was surging back and forth about six feet with each passing wave overhead. Easy now to see how disturbed the bottom could be over millions of years and thousands of severe storms. My final tooth count for the week was: 77 megs, 93 makos, 35 whites, 1 benny, and 2 tiny hemis. I got 1 meg over 6 inches, and around 15 or 20 4's and 5's. A couple huge 2.5 in GW's with no roots, and a decent 2.75 in mako that cleaned up with some nice color. Some dives I came up with almost nothing, and the next dive I needed a lift bag to get them all up...LOL. Everything is big out there... We had a 14ft Tiger shark circle us, I saw 2 Lionfish at the anchor that must have been over 2ft in length, a huge brown sting ray went by along the ledge, and I saw a Lizardfish that had to be a world record 2ft+. It looked like the big iguanas in the Fla Keys. Here is a before and after pic to prove some of it is true! The above picture is before soaking in diluted cider vinegar for a few days. This is after cleaning. All the teeth to the right of the ruler are the great whites. I don't see a lot of quality teeth from out there, but you get a lot of big teeth. The smaller 2's and 3's are often much nicer condition. If you want better quality you need to dive in the rivers, or hunt the low country on foot... But if you think it's fun to find a meg in your screen, imagine seeing them laying on the bottom from a few feet away. The big meg above was laying in plain sight waiting for me to adopt it. Too much fun... P.S. I'll be back...
  7. What’s beneath the black water? Divers reveal the secrets of the Waccamaw River. by Audrey Hudson, Sun News, Myrtle Beach, August 1, 2017 http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article164796732.html Yours, Paul H.
  8. Fossil divers do it in the mud... or rocks... or sand... pretty much anywhere there's teeth. The point is, we crawl over a lot of stuff in the course of a dive. This weekend I was doing the normal thing looking for teeth while tyring to appear unappetizing to any passing sharks or gators when something scrunched under my right kneepad. I crawl over about a million and five rocks each dive, and usually ignore stuff like this, but that little fossil angel that straddles my tank said, "Better check that one out." So I did, and doggone it, that was a tooth down there! 3.9" fresh out of the clay. Thank you sir, I'll have another! (It looks bigger than 3.9" because I have tiny hands)
  9. Limb Bone from Cooper River SC

    Hello Forum members, I found this limb bone while diving the Cooper River in SC. I initially thought it likely to be a deer bone based on the overall size and proportions, but I'm unable to match it to any deer bone descriptions I've found. Any ideas?
  10. SC River Mammal Tooth

    Hi All, Another Mammal tooth found river diving in South Carolina, and I'm not sure what it is:
  11. Cooper River SC Mammal Tooth

    Hi All, I'm currently on a dive trip to the Cooper River in SC. I found this tooth the other day. The guys I'm diving with believe it to be a horse incisor. To me, it seems too straight to be horse.
  12. Hey all, I'm planning a trip to dive the Cooper river April 1st and 2nd. Four dives per day. The boat is already reserved, and there are open seats if anyone is interested. For details please contact me. These are my finds from a single dive during my last trip,
  13. SC River Finds

    Hi All, Had a great trip to South Carolina for river diving last weekend. The water was cold, and we had to dry-suit it, but nonetheless, everyone made some incredible finds, and had a great time. I've got three items I'm looking for the forum's expertise and wisdom on. 1. The first six pics are of what I believe to be a Camel Metacarpal, or Metatarsal. It looks to be in very pristine condition, so much so, that when I first found it, I assumed it must be modern and almost didn't bring it up. After returning home and investigating, I learned that it may be Camel, and I was very happily surprised. This just confirms the advice given to me many years ago by a wise veteran: when on the bottom of the river, and your not sure what something is, bag it up. Once back on the boat, you can always throw it back if it's nothing of interest. 2, The next four pics are of four articulated verts in matrix. I have no idea what these are from, they look fishy to me. The matrix is fairly soft. I can remove it with nothing more than a dental pick, and smooth it with a scrubbing pad and water. I intend to remove more of the matrix, but I want to leave enough to keep the articulation stable. 3. The last item appears to be a claw core? ( or a tusk from the newly discovered (by me) very very tiny, miniature Mammoth?)
  14. Venice Diving (2/21/17-2/23/17)

    I'm taking some time off work and making a road trip down to Florida at the end of the month. I'll be trying to hit several sites along the way but will be in the Venice area sometime between these dates. I'll be doing some shore diving in the mornings if anyone is interested in joining me. I generally dive solo but having the company is nice on those long swims to and from shore. I have a fair amount of experience with these dives so if you have experience or not, you're more than welcome to join. Daniel
  15. I will be traveling to Florida 10/26 through 11/1 and planning to attempt to find my first meg. Any advice on charters that have been good or bad, gear rental, better from boat or shore, snorkeling options, etc are much appreciated. Thank for your help!
  16. Hi everyone- Does anyone know if there are any rappelling trips in the U.S. or Internationally to see fossils? also does anyone know if one can rappell down a cliff face to view the K-T boundary? I know its exposed and visible in Raton Basin, Raven Ridge and Trinidad Lake State Park but has anyone done rappelling on a fossil hunt? looking for a combo of fossil hunting, excavation and adventure! Any really super adventurous fossil hunting trips advise will be appreciated. thanks.
  17. Last weekend TFF member calhounensis (Daniel) posted a notice that he was driving down from Ohio for the Florida Paleontological Society meeting & fieldtrip on Saturday in Bradenton (his old hometown). He wanted to know if anybody was up for some diving off Venice to fossil hunt. It has been years since I've taken the opportunity to do so (been focusing more on the Peace River lately) and so I said I was interested. As plans evolved it turned out that windy weather (and unseasonable storms) had been wreaking havoc with the offshore visibility and diving off Venice would likely not be in great conditions. Daniel came up with alternative which was to dive the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, FL instead. This was even more intriguing as I've never done that before and I'm all about new experiences. My wife Tammy was able to take off work Friday and so Thursday evening after she got home from work I had a whole array of gear ready to pack into the car for the trip north--scuba tank & gear, wetsuits (cold water those spring-fed rivers), sifting gear (screen & shovel), and even the "Aqua-Scope" we'd picked up at the silent auction table at the Florida Paleontological Society (FPS) meeting last fall. The scope is basically a portable glass bottom boat in that it is a rectangular "cone" of Styrofoam with a pane of glass about the size of a piece of paper at the bottom. Two rope handles and curved edges at the top to fit your face and forehead complete the high-tech design. Tammy thought it would be fun to try this out on the Peace River and so we bid and won the auction item. Needless to say it hasn't seen action on the Peace River yet this season and so the Rainbow River would be its first chance to be used. Once I realized how far north the Rainbow River was I decided to book a hotel in Ocala. Rather than going up for a single night--a 5.5 hour drive (each way) for a single dive seemed a bit excessive--we booked a 3-day weekend in Ocala and joined Dr. Hulbert from the Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH) for two more days of digging in the new Montbrook site. You can read about that weekend here: http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/topic/63056-volunteer-dig-with-the-flmnh/?p=673017 We met up with Daniel early Friday morning and followed him to K P Hole Park on the river where we could rent a canoe (for us) and a kayak (for Daniel). We decided to paddle upstream a ways and then work our way downstream to the exit point on SW County Hwy 484 (just past the colorful Swampy's Bar & Grille restaurant) where we could call for a pickup that would take us back to the park and our cars. With everything loaded on our rented means of flotation we took off upstream. The water was so much clearer than the tea colored tannic waters of the Peace River being spring fed. We could see a wide variety of fishes in the gin clear water and an amazingly high density of turtles--gators (thankfully) seemed not to be in residence. We arrived at our first spot to get in and get wet. I donned my thickest neoprene (a 5mm suit) and an additional hooded vest (most of your heat is lost through your head and so a hood will go a long way to retaining body heat. As the river is spring fed from underground taps into the karstic groundwater supply the river maintains a relatively constant temperature of around 72 F (around 22 C). A fine temperature for floating down the river on an inner tube on a hot summer day but quite chilly when immersed for extended periods on scuba. I was used to diving in 55 F water when I lived in the Chicago area (and even two very silly ice dives at a temperature of around 37 F) but since moving to Florida two decades ago my skin has thinned and I am now a proud card-carrying member of the Warm Water Wimps and cringe at temps below 80 (unless there is a good reason to dive). I was wet most of the day and (uncharacteristically) didn't grab the camera to take my usual number of photos to illustrate the day. My wife (who was smarter than me and decided to stay warm an dry in the canoe) was enjoying the beautiful surroundings and plentiful wildlife but didn't think about snapping any other photos than this one as I first entered the chilly water.
  18. Hi, I am going to be spending the summer in Florida with my parents on a key between Sarasota and Venice (10min drive) to Venice. I am looking for options for scuba and other non beach fossil hunting. I am technically an advanced diver (I have the certification, but I recieved it at a summer camp 6 years ago in a lake and I have never actually been saltwater diving). My parents are not fans of diving and wouldn't let me go alone, until I became an adult (21). I want to go fossil diving down somewhere around Venice, but I don't live down there, so I am very unfamiliar with the territory and don't know of a good diving group to go with. I would also need rental equipment and maybe even a refresher course since it was so long ago. Given that I am a green diver, large groups (12) are not ideal. Any suggestions on groups would be wonderful! I was also wondering what some good hunting spots in the area are and what kind of fossils would be found? I have so many small sharks teeth, mouth plates, petrified wood from years of snorkeling off the shore, so I was hoping to expand the variety.
  19. Does anyone ever dive at Calvert Cliffs? If so, any luck with Megalodon teeth?
  20. Peace River Wednesday And Thursday

    My brother and I are headed down to bowling Green to stay in the very best western. (Hot tub) we are driving down today to hunt tomorrow and thanksgiving. I see that we are going to have some serious rain on wed. And I am wondering if anyone could tell me roughly how much I can expect the river to rise based on an inch of rain... we plan to go back into Charlie creek. we both have full hooded 8mm semi dry suits and are not too worried about getting cold just trying to figure out how much I can expect to see the river rise while I'm there.. i am trying out a couple of dive lights my friend gave me. Hope they help. We have only been down to the peace a total of four times and have done well each trip. Fingers crossed...our family does thanksgiving on Friday due to work schedules of the fam. So hopefully we will be back to hunt sat and Sunday too. Anyone who has a kayak and a suit are more than welcome to join us we are going to the canoe outpost in Gardner at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Also if any members ever make it to Jacksonville I would love to show off some great spots on the saint Johns river and on some spoil piles. Happy hunting to all.
  21. 2011 Cooper River Dive

    This is a rather old video, but shows my brother and I taking the plunge in the Cooper River in search of big megs.
  22. First of all - I have not posted a trip report in over a year, mostly due to laziness/being too busy). Here is a brief rundown. Last year, I was able to get in several hunting trips in: I went to GMR last spring and found a really nice small great white (less than 1”, but beautiful condition and a nice light blue color). I also went to Haverlock a couple times. I found one worn 2” meg and a 2.5” lower great white that has just a little bit of root damage. Also found small teeth and a couple of mastadon tooth fragments. I went to GMR another time and ran into a couple of people who found a pretty nice meg. I found a few decent teeth as well. I was also able to go to GMR with a few friends later in the year after a tropical storm had brought the water up by 10’ for over a week. I think we got there one day after the water had gotten down, but we still did pretty well. Between the three of us, each found a nice great white, and I also found about a three inch meg that was in decent shape. We did very little sifting, most of our best finds were right on the sandbars. I finished up my dive certification in September and dove in Venice later that month and in December with Captain Jamie of Aristakat Charters aristakatcharters.yolasite.com. I did ok, found some worn makos. But I also got to meet some other divers like earthdog and Scottie. Also in December my cousins and I hit the Peace River with Mark Renz. It was fun. I found about ¾ of a 3” meg, a three toed horse tooth, an alligator tooth, and a horse hoof. Anyway, I will try to add galleries and post pictures of some of that stuff over the next few months. Yesterday, I made it back to Venice. I did four more dives with Jamie. I got to meet some more great people as well. My diving skills need to improve still, but I had a great day. My first dive did not start very well, it just took me a few minutes to get back into it. I think my air consumption was terrible. My second dive went much better. Within 5 minutes or so, I found probably my best meg to date (about 3" but in pretty good shape) and then blew it out of the water 5 minutes later with this 4 1/2” near perfect meg. I also found one large mammoth tooth fragment and some smaller or broken megs. Other people on the boat did well too. There was a beautiful sea biscuit found on the first dive by a dive instructor at a local dive shop, a couple of nice large makos, several megs several horse/bison teeth, several mammoth plates and about ¼ of a juvenile mammoth tooth. I can’t wait to go again, but I think it will be a while.
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