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  1. As many of you know , the Peace River is currently unhuntable due to rains and river depth. In many locations it is 10 feet deep. I thought I was finished for the season but then my regular hunting buddy called to say he had found a "shallow" location. What could this be? Always believe your friends!! Not only was it a shallow spot , but underneath the typical 12-15 inches of normal Peace River black gravel was a layer of crushed limestone , clay, and brown gravel and shark teeth. Many had the white roots typical of bone Valley teeth. And then THIS Meg ?? Only a touch of enamel left. Has the entire Meg been replaced or is it hiding under a layer of limestone? Whatever. I had a bonus day Monday on the river in the sunshine! I am feeling GOOD this week.
  2. One of the most exciting finds in the giant ant hills in the Cretaceous limestones near Show Low was the hordes of tiny sharks teeth. Since I am not an expert on such, we called any flat triangular, round with sharp tip, or curved flat with sharp tip tooth a sharks tooth. Now I want you to try to imagine a bright red fire ant carrying a quarter inch big flat serrated sharks tooth in its big venomous jaws out of its hole and in one mighty thrust - throw it over the sides! These are our tiny fossil seeking robots, and they do a great job at bringing to the surface many types of microfossils that we never found ourselves even in the nearby layers of limestone. Here, Im going to highlight the teeth and show you some of the types we picked out of the slopes of countless gravel and sand grains on the sides of the big 4 foot ant hills. Most of the material was found by first identifying prospective ant hills that were hopefully abandoned that contained plenty of fossils. Then we scraped the sides into gallon bags to take back with us for washing and sorting. Unfortunately, some of the best hills were still shall we say - "active" and when you scraped a bit too hard they would all come rushing out to greet you with gaping biting jaws. There are hazards to micro fossil hunting for sure! Here are the images I took yesterday of the specimens with a 10x binocular microscope by pointing a digital camera into the eyepiece. Ive grouped them according to shape and type roughly, so thank you for looking and glad to share them with this group! The scale on the bottom of each image is in mm.
  3. Ok, so it wouldn't be my first rodeo in a nice steady rain, or a torrent sans lightning of course. But for those of you familiar with Point A Dam in Alabama would the weather report this week turn you off ? Do you have a go-to for weather and water levels ? I have a small window with my brother and he's been itching to get out with me somewhere .. anywhere .. and Point A is closest to us here in Gulf Shores. We may huff it over to Florida if the weather looks too crappy .. but any advice would be welcome. If you'd rather a PM I'd be fine with that too. Thanks, Brett
  4. These are teeth I found on our trip to tybee island for father's day. There are a couple charter companies that will take you out to islands created from where the river is dredged for the container ships. I'm not sure if #2 is actually a tooth or not but I tend not to throw anything back because when I found #6 (last year) it was mostly a clump of clay except for the very top showing. I carried it around like that for about 2 hours as a "good luck charm" then when we were about to leave I rinsed the clay off in the surf and saw the actual tooth portion. The guy that takes us to the island keeps saying it's been picked over and that there's nothing left out there but I found over 40 and my 9 year old daughter found 20. Two months ago we found about the same amount so the only thing I can think is he's saying it so people that don't take their time will be less disappointed.
  5. My kids wanted to make today special so they all wanted to take me to the river and search for teeth along side me...they know how to make me happy! We only stayed for a couple of hours since it was extremely hot and the finds weren't as numerous...I think we will have to start heading up river to the Aquia formation for the rest of the summer, more and more people are showing up on this beach and piles of sifted material is all over. Anyway, we all had fun and despite not finding a whole lot, we did get some cool finds and some interesting unknowns. Total haul Best tooth, love Makos. Dolphin tooth I believe that this is a puffer fish mouth plate (side 1) Side 2 Here's an unknown that I was about to cast off as a rock but then looked at it closer...I'm thinking some sort of coral, ay thoughts? (side 1) Side 2 Find of the day goes to my daughter, she found this tooth and brought it over to me because it "looked weird"...I believe this is a pathologic tooth. I looked at it under my digital microscope and it doesn't look as though it is split. The other side My wife found this and I was about to throw it away as being a random bone piece, then I saw the circular marks in it. Any ideas? Opposite side All-in-all it was an awesome day! My family made it special...even stopped for some fresh strawberry shortcake on the way home! Hope all of the fathers out there had as good of a day as I had!
  6. Looking at trading my large collection of Eocene shark teeth, ray fossils, and fish fossils from the Nanjemoy Formation of Muddy Creek in Virginia. Looking to trade for rare species of shark teeth or shark teeth from rare locations. I have broken down what is included in the collection below and will post pictures of some of the highlights of the collection in the upcoming posts. All fossils are complete with no repair or restoration. Message me if interested. Here are a couple of links about the location: http://www.elasmo.com/frameMe.html?file=paleo/va/va_eoc.html&menu=bin/menu_fauna-alt.html https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/commercedocs/PUB_152.pdf Fossils included in the collection: Shark Material Striatolamia macrota - 100+ Anomotodon novus & Anomotodon sheppeyensis - 100+ Serratolamna lerichei - 50+ Hypotodus verticalis - 37x Carcharias sp. - 36x Sylvestrilamia teretidens - 22x Odontaspis winkleri - 25x Jaekelotodus robustus - 7x Palaeohypotodus rutoti - 1x Cretalamna appendiculata - 5x Isurolamna inflata - 4x Ginglymostoma sp. and Nebrius sp. - 23x Squatina prima - 19x Megasqualus orpiensis and Squalus crenatidens - 4x Premontria sp. - 17x Palaeogaleus vincenti - 17x Scyliorhinus gilberti - 13x Triakis wardi - 7x Physogaleus secundus - 50+ Pachygaleus lefevrei - 15x Galeorhinus ypresiensis - 5x Rhizoprionodon sp. - 32x Abdounia beaugei - 100+ Abdounia minutissima - 100+ Unidentified sp. - 4x Shark vertebra - 1x Ray Material Ray plate bars of various sp. - 100+ including one partial plate Ray teeth of various sp - 100+ Dermal denticles - 21x Stingray barb - 1x Fish Material Fish teeth of various species (including cutlass, barracuda, drum, others) - 100+ Various fish bones - 50+ Anoxypristis sp. - 1x Striatolamia macrota Anomotodon novus & Anomotodon sheppeyensis
  7. Last week I had a great time to hunt in the Netherlands/Belgium for shark teeth. I was mainly at a good site near Antwerp but those finds I will post in the next days. What i want to show you here are the teeth and other things, which I found on various beaches there. For example i was in Cadzand or in Vlissingen. Too bad the shark teeth dont really have a good quality but nonetheless I am happy with my finds But pictures say more than words... Zwarte Polder: There its very difficult to find shark teeth with a good quality and the beach is often full with tourists. The fossiliferous sand comes from the Westerscheide so from eroding layers underwater. The fossils come mainly from the Miocene, Pliocene until the Pleistocene. Here are some "shabby" finds: (shark and ray teeth) The shark teeth are also very small ... This tooth is with 1.2 cm one of the prettiest: A damaged Geleocerdo: Beside of the shark teeth i also found some fish vertebrates. The biggest one is 1.5 cm long:
  8. I will be traveling to North Carolina in the next couple of weeks and will be within striking distance of Aurora, NC. Aside from across from the museum are there any other public access points to spoils piles from the Lee Creek mine that people are willing to divulge. I figure with the Aurora, NC fossil fair having just wrapped up that maybe there are some other access piles in the vicinity. My primary interest is screening some of the material to take with me to search for mircos. What I want to avoid is filling a five gallon bucket to then only be visited by the police. I don't get to this area very often so I am not at all familiar with the etiquette or regulations to be aware of. Any insight that anyone would be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me if that's easier.
  9. Will be traveling from FL to SF Bay Area in April. Have the Weekend of April 22/23 free. Would like to hunt Shark Tooth Hill (or area) with fellow TFF'ers if possible. Most interested in shark teeth that aren't BLACK since I normally hunt the Peace River & other areas of SW FL. Will need some help as I don't know anything about hunting on dry land without water. Thanks in advance! Calvin
  10. What an awesome day today, started out by getting a brief of the geologic formations and the fossils found within them on the Virginia side of the Potomac from Dr. Weems. Part of his brief was more of the tracks in the bog iron like the one Marco shared here, something that has caused me to pay a lot more attention to the them when I see a larger piece. After the brief we were off to the river to search, I don't think we could have had a nicer day. My wife went one way, I went the other, and we spent the next four hours "looking for treasure"...and we both had a blast! My wife's haul Unknown fish vert Another unknown fish vert from various angles My haul I meant to ask for an ID on this but I was so worn out by the time we got back, I forgot to. I'm guessing that this is an Atlas vertebrae...thoughts? Drum plate, no teeth though Shark Vert My biggest Mako, this thing has seen better days! I liked this little Mako, both the color and the outward curve
  11. I will be in Venice Beach Sunday through Friday of next week (6/11-16) for a investigations class. I am looking for some easy access locations to do some quick evening fossil hunts while I am in town. I am from Pensacola and there is not much fossil opportunities so I try to find what I can when I'm in other areas. If anyone could help to guide me to some quick spots around Venice Beach it would be greatly appreciated.
  12. 2017 AURORA FOSSIL FESTIVAL AND TFF MEMBER MEET UP The 24th Annual "Aurora Fossil Festival" will be held this Friday through Sunday, May 26 - 28, 2017, in Aurora, NC. There will be a parade down Main Street at 1100 am on Saturday morning, educational displays at the Community Center from 1000 am - 4 pm Saturday, Paleontology Lectures going on throughout the day Saturday AND fresh piles of overburden from the Lee Creek Mine dumped around town, ripe and ready for screening and fossil hunting all weekend. Multiple piles of "FRESH" matrix will be near / adjacent to the Aurora Fossil Museum. There will also be a Live Fossil Auction starting at 3 pm on Saturday, lasting until........... If you have never been, you should definitely plan a trip. If you have never had the "privilege" of hunting Lee Creek Mine matrix, this is your chance for FRESH / VIRGIN material. (Items up for auction can be seen at the Aurora Fossil Museum's Facebook page, link below.) In addition, numerous TFF Members will be attending / displaying / speaking at the festival. It's a great time to put a face with the screen name. Here is what you need to know: Aurora Fossil Museum - Facebook Page and website: https://www.facebook.com/Aurora-Fossil-Museum-344894278856425/ http://aurorafossilmuseum.org/ I will have my laptop and camera with me and will be updating this post in "semi"-real time with photos and information from the Festival. Any TFF Members at the Festival can stop by and see me on the porch of the Community Center and I will let you use the camera and laptop to log in and post your own photos / info. If you see someone walking around in a T Rex costume, that should be Mrs. SailingAlongToo. For those Members who can't make it, check back on this post regularly on Saturday for the updates. I for one am looking forward to Dr. Perez's talk on Cookiecutter Sharks!!!! Hope to see / meet as many TFF Members as possible!!! Cheers, Jack
  13. Last Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting up with board members @sixgill pete and @AshHendrick to hunt Green Mill Run in North Carolina. We met in a school parking lot and Pete kindly gifted me with some matrix and other various fossils including a mammoth tooth and megalodon tooth. Then we went down to the creek where we searched for a place to dig. And boy did we dig. These Carolina boys don't mess around. It may have been the most hardcore manual labor I've ever done in my life. We would sift gravel from the holes we dug. This was my first time fossil hunting in this fashion and it produced.(Pete lent me a shovel and screen). I found a lot of firsts including great whites, makos, whale bone, and even 2 beat up megs. I think these guys got a good laugh out of my level of excitement over some these finds.
  14. I got out this morning for a few hours on a local river. The water level was nice, but the visibility was terrible. Nevertheless I got on the snorkel and spent some time face-down over the gravels. It was a modest day in terms of finds, but lovely and quiet and cool under the forest canopy, away from the crowds on a holiday weekend. I ended up with a few of the usual small suspects: Carcharias, Hemipristis, Galeocerdo, Isurus, unknowns. My "good" stuff for this short trip included a tooth I believe to be a small C. megalodon, but uncertain. I also found a decent sawfish rostral spine (Pristis spp?, uncertain). My favorite tooth was a quite complete 4.5 cm Isurus tooth worn to a nice mellow smoothness. I also picked up something that may be a coprolite--it appears to have inclusions and also hatching or scratch marks. Or it could be a worn bit of hash or a lumpy rock, I really know nothing about coprolites. I had some interesting wildlife encounters and ended up spending more time taking photos of the naughty bits of various streamside vegetation. It was a pleasant way to spend a morning. I'd welcome any comments on the "coprolite". G
  15. Why a whole bunch of you are having a great time at Aurora (yes, I wish I was there), we spent a couple days on the Potomac and took a trip to Calvert Marine Museum. On Friday we ran around and did some errands before heading down to the river...then we realized that we had screwed up. It was the first day that the river was calm after a few days of rain and wind and the beach looked absolutely prime...and one lady that we see there all of the time had a full collection bag. Oops! We still had a good time but I would have loved to have been the first one on the beach. Saturday we celebrated our anniversary by heading over to Solomon's Island and the Calvert Marine Museum. I had a bunch of teeth that I donated to the fossil pit there, my kids love digging in there and I expect every other kid that goes there does too. Today we went back down to the river again and it was slim pickings...the busiest I have seen it this year, people everywhere. We didn't stay very long but we still had a good time, even stopped to help a box turtle cross the road on the way out. Friday's haul. My wife found the big Mako. Partial shark vert. Saturday at the Museum...Love this place! These will make some kids happy! Sunday's haul. Mako...too bad it had damage. Still love finding these, even when broken. Some of my favorites from today, haven't found a stingray barb in a while...I'd like to find a big one some day. My little buddy when we were leaving.
  16. While on Sanibel Island for vacation, I decided to go with Marc (Fossil Expeditions) to the Peace River for a couple hours of collecting near Arcadia. Here are pics from my from yesterday of my finds. Not bad results from working one 3 foot area: 140 complete shark teeth, 202 partial shark teeth and other misc items: bird claw, ray mouth plates and barbs, puffer mouth plates, vertebrae, armadillo/ gator skutes, turtle shell, bone pieces.
  17. Going to Hilton Head Island for vactation in July. Haven't been there since I discovered this shark tooth/fossil addiction several years ago. I'll likely charter a boat to take me out to shark tooth island in the savannah river but would love any advice on any good spots on the island itself if anyone has them. They had a large beach replenishment in the past year so I hope the hunting on the beach itself is above average and productive.
  18. So I didn't know where to post this, but figured fossil hunting trips would be a good spot since the kids were doing an indoor fossil hunt! Today I did my annual class for the Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Kids Club. It is always a hit, but due to scheduling I was unable to make the February class and did this one in May. May tends to be a smaller group because of the nice weather and vacations, but we still had a great time! The adults even wanted to get in on this activity and I was more than happy to help! The worst thing that happened was I forgot to take lots of pictures! I took (2) 5 gallon buckets of matrix, one bucket from Peace River, FL and the second bucket from Aurora, NC. I talked to the kids about how fossils in different locations can be similar (ie. shark teeth!) and we explained the importance of labeling your finds! Each person was given (1) 5-ounce cup of matrix from Peace River, and (1) 5-ounce cup of matrix from Aurora. We set up microscopes and laptops an allowed the kids to photograph their 5 favourite finds. We set out books, posters, and print outs to help with the identification part. They then loaded these photos on to a USB and have some very nice detailed photos to take home with all of their finds. That's right, I let them keep EVERYTHING! One kid found a cookie cutter tooth, full root and all! I don't even have one in my collection yet! Aside from keeping everything they found I made sure to send each kid home with a small 125mL bag of each matrix, and 5 various fossils from my Peace River hunting trips ((3) 25mm+ shark teeth, a dugong rib, and a turtle piece.) I shared with them my preferred methods of hunting and encouraged them to try their own! All in all it was a great day with lots of very nice finds! Thanks again to @Sacha for sending me Peace River matrix for my classes!
  19. Otter creek field report 02-13-16: The day turned out to be a wonderful day to hunt South Carolina fossils. I met with one other at 1pm. We gathered our gear and headed out to find the elusive shark teeth and various other fossilized materials. We arrived at a deep cut creek site and began to survey. The first item that was very noticeable was very little evidence of other fossil hunters. What we found was blue marl, tan and brown marl, blue limestone, phosphate, and large stones (gravel of sort). Sanding-in was obvious in 90% of the creek. There were no teeth protruding from the dark gray sandstone walls. The large stones (golf ball to base ball size) had to be removed prior to gathering material and moving it through the sifter. The teeth that began to appear were small but grading upwards in size. I collected about 40 in all. The sizes ranged between .5” to 1.0”. The findings included Tigers, Hemi’s, Mako, Bull, Sand, Lemon, and Black Tip Sharks. Photos to follow.
  20. My son, Sean, treated me to a trip at the famous Ernst Shark Tooth Hill Quarry. We spent a total of two full days digging and about an hour sifting but the wind was to strong to be productive. The dust there is like fine powder, didn't know the human ear could hold so much dust. The rest of the trip was fantastic, mild temps and calm wind. Everyone wants to find that elusive Meg. but not the case for us Texans. I did find a lower Hemipristis which are very uncommon at the site. Pictured are my finds of two days digging, lots of Isurus planus and one 2 1\2 l.hastalis also a whale and two dolphin ear bones. Found some smalls as well, one Squatina and numerous dog fish teeth. Salvaged several teeth that were in matrix, makes neat display. Some of my finds suffered on the jet flight back to Dallas so next time will bring better packing material. Pictured are four colorful teeth from the West private quarry that can be seen behind the picture of Sean and me. They are totally different in color and better preserved, was lucky enough to meet the co-owner of the quarry and he sold me a couple of teeth, would love to hunt that one. Would I do another trip to Bakersville, Calf. Absolutely in a heartbeat, the Meg. still waits for me but thankful for the teeth I and my son found.
  21. Fun hunting off the Rappahannock River in Virginia for a final trip before heading back to Singapore (will give away teeth; few there have seen any). No major finds (I do like the bonita nose, not common in my spots) but lots of small teeth and unfortunately broken ones that could have been nice. As others have noted the beach areas here are picked over until the next good storm, so I did a lot of digging and sifting, and even there I think I was reworking areas that had been combed pretty hard. Some areas were very productive (2-4 teeth per colander full), others not (one decent tooth every three or four colander fulls). I picked up a lot of interesting non-shark teeth stuff to sort through later. Good to be hunting, but the biting flies were annoying.
  22. Went out to Purse the other day with my girlfriend, its been way too long since I last got out. Tides and water level have not been good lately. I just bought my girlfriend a new pair of hip boots and she's been itching to use them. 80 bucks at Cabela's which i didnt think was too bad at all. It was a beautiful day and the tide was surprisingly low with a good bit of wave action. Found some cool stuff including what looks a like a goblin tooth to me with a elongated root. Boneheadz
  23. Hi Guys, I'm heading down to Gulf Shores Alabama from Georgia the second week of June. My brother wants to do some sifting for sharks teeth so of course I have the crazy idea of driving the 5 hours to Gainesville to drop into a creek for some quiet sifting fun ... with copious amounts of bug spray .... and mosquitoes buzzing in our ears. (5 hours out and back is about my crazy limit for a day trip) That being said I feel my plan may be flawed and finding something closer to Gulf Shores might be a better plan. Maybe closer in Alabama or Mississippi ? Rivers or streams that don't require a boat or 4w-drive would be preferable. We'll have a few hours give or take but shark teeth are fun at the moment. Any leads would be great, but I am always hesitant to drop into a spot I haven't first scoped out ahead of time. Worst case we'll make the drive and drop into Rattlesnake and tangle with the mosquitoes and their sweet buzzing in my ear. Torture sometimes seems preferable .... trip report to follow. A meet up and greet would be fun too .. the dates are not yet cemented and may be set closer to the date but early week seems reasonable. The week of June 12th. Cheers, Brett
  24. I asked my wife what she wanted to do for Mother's Day and much to my surprise, she wanted to go to the river! Since her surgery was last Thursday and she hasn't had much activity since then, I was pretty surprised. The idea was that she would hang out in her new beach chair and relax but the allure of shark teeth was too much for her and she cruised the shoreline a bit too. We only spent a couple of hours but I was glad to see her up and about and enjoying the beautiful weather. The water was high and rough but because of this, it continually revealed teeth. I hardly spent any time at all sitting, most of my teeth were found walking the waterline. Amazingly enough, this was my third straight trip that I found a whole cow shark tooth! Total haul: Love these teeth! I'm shocked every time I find a whole one! Dolphin tooth.
  25. Hey guys, I have many Cretaceous Shark Teeth up for trading. I will send them in a small envelope with around 10-20 inside for a random fossil that I will not be able to find in NJ. I found these at Ramanessin Brook, NJ. Please let me know if interested. Thanks.