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Hello gang! So we are being mildly inconvenienced at the moment while hurricane Irma comes/goes by so I'll try to post a few photos from my phone while we still have backup power and lights. Sorry for the lack of scale on some shots..editing capabilities are limited. First up..a worn Sarasota cnty Fl plio'pleistocene whale bulla that really has that human ear look to it that called me. Edit....guess I have got a file size limit prob so this may be embarassing...uggh
Hello everyone, I'd like to share my extreme budget collection of exotic megs/shark teeth so far, I've have been collecting shark teeth and other for a little over a year and a half now on an extremely tight budget and have been surprised by what I was able to get a hold of so far. Condition doesn't bother me hence the budget but I have been able to find some megs from from interesting locations over the short period of time I've been collecting with a little bit of luck. Locations include Puerto Rico, Cuba, Japan, Hawaii, Morocco, Mexico, Peru, and The Phillipines. I estimate I spent no more than $430 in total for this small collection. Anyone else out there with extreme budget rare finds especially shark teeth (or from generally exotic locations), feel free to share and I'd love to see! In order of pictures: 1) Two megs and a hemi from Isabella, Puerto Rico 2) meg from Hawaii (Restored) 3) great white from Japan 4) meg from Morocco 5) meg from Cuba (unfortunately stuck on a wood plate but still a lovely display piece) 6) meg from the Phillipines 7) cubutensis from Peru 8) 2 Makos from Mexico 9 & 10) Heavily and horribly restored 5.9 inch Chilean meg (funny story with this one had an even worse restoration on it with made it look no different from a replica, was suspicious and bought it and when attempting a horrible derestoration process and a few slight touch ups of my own a large chilean meg was hiding under the mess, still needs a tad bit of work but I still love I was able to snag a large one cheap in this day and age ) @WhodamanHD Here we go uploaded !
Since my wife is several months into a 6 month deployment to Hawaii with the Army, I opted to catch a bird out that direction to enjoy a long Veterans Day weekend with her. (Side note: It was recently announced that she'll be promoted from Lt. Colonel to Colonel, awaiting congressional vote at this point. Very proud of her!) Anyway, when we weren't hiking, snorkeling, or surfing, some fossil hunting came into play. Most of us don't associate fossils with Hawaii, being young volcanic islands and all, but there is in fact a thin reef limestone intermittently encircling Oahu. If my sources are correct, this gritty tan deposit is Waimanalo Fm, Pleistocene, about 125 KYA. Concentrating on beaches that omitted collecting of rocks and shells from the posted list of "don'ts", I found a few spots rich in gastropods. I'm way outside my element with Pleistocene shells, so in order to avoid commingling my finds with recent shells, I only took specimens that had to be tapped out of bedded strata or loose boulders. I would have preferred crabs and marine vert material, but for the short time I had available, I was happy to come out with anything from an area "not supposed to hold fossils". Now, a few finds.