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Found 10 results

  1. Insane S.C. fossil hunt!!!!

    Hi everyone, last Friday I went on a fossil hunting trip in S.C. with palmetto fossil excursions, there was a short hike out to the site, it was a beautiful day with an average temp of 85 degrees!!! when we were walking up to the creek area where we were hunting and we found half of what would have been a beautiful 3 1/2 inch meg tooth!!!! less than 15 minutes after that my brother found a massive blade of a mako, less then 10 feet away from the blade of the mako I found a nearly flawless posterior and several other angustidens including one with insane colors, a worn whale vert, an awesome hemi with beautiful colors, and 3 fused shark verts!!! after a short lunch break, me and my brother went to a different spot where I found 2 1 1/2 inch Isurus desori teeth and my brother found a angustiden in matrix, a hastalis and the best desori tooth from the trip all within 7 feet of each other!!!! while our dad was doing the dig tour, he found 2 megs the larger one is a little below the five inch mark, and the shorter one is around 3 1/2 inches!!! overall it was an awesome day!!!!! I’ll post pictures of the best finds alone soon. and there was only one water moccasin spotted!!!
  2. Found while tooth diving

    I found this while diving off of NC for Meg teeth. Any idea what it is?

    My question is below but here is a brief intro! Thank you all for the great insight into fossil hunting. I'm Josh, from Florida and have been hunting relics for about 5 years now (27yo), from metal detecting to surface hunting. Just a hobby that I do occasionally, mostly to learn about the history of our land and try to preserve it before it's all worn away. I find the research in hunting almost more fun than the actual craft. Although, it's tough here in FL to be caught "preserving history" .....give me a break. Anyways, i've been lucky enough to have a job as a Surveyor which has put me in places that I hate sometimes.... but also gives me access to pieces of land that a lot of hunters dream of in FL. I've been able to find old bottles, arrowheads, and relics at work without the hassle of getting permissions(that would be mostly impossible to get otherwise). So when i'm hunting on my time I always find it so hard to find places to do so freely. Anyways, enough about me. Here is my question regarding a potential megalodon tooth site, definitely shark tooth site. I've found some nice dredging in my area, with dredge disposal management area listed on the bid. It's accessible from what I can tell on the maps but labeled as "District-Owned" and overseen by General Contractor/Engineer. Has anyone hunted a site like this in Florida? It's essentially a dredge spoil island with management. If so, did you wait for the project to finish and come in after? Approach the site manager? Hunt it without permission? Thank you for any insight, it's greatly appreciated!
  4. Going to Cuba: need Megs!

    Hello all, I'm going to Cuba in a few weeks and, if possible, would like to acquire some Cuban megalodon teeth while over there. I've done a little research but have only turned up what the formation is called that they are generally found in. Considering that I'll only have about 3 days there, I'm not against just buying them from locals if they're available. Does anyone have any knowledge of where I should go outside of the formation itself (not even sure if I'd have access to it)? Anyone know if its possible to dig there?
  5. I’m Located in Savannah, GA but take day trips to Summerville, SC often. We find very good teeth here in Savannah including Megs at our more secret islands on the banks. I usually go with my wife and son but I wanted to find better spots in Summerville to take my kid instead of taking the boat to the islands. Would anybody want to swap spots with me? I would take you on the boat to the islands we hunt from if I can get some inside where to go in summerville.
  6. Hello! This is my first posting in this forum. I'm coming down to the charleston area and hoping to find some meg teeth and other fossils. I have done lots of dives for them but haven't found any (people in my group have found them). I'm interested to find some land sites. I'll be traveling in my van and will have a nice inflatable kayak and snorkeling gear with me. Let me know if you have any advice or want to meet up Mar 1-8 and go on an adventure hunt. Any fossils I find will be used in my general and environmental biology class I teach a a local community college here in Greensboro! Thanks! - Shawn
  7. Show off your Megs!

    Having recently found my first pristine Meg (and 2nd not so pristine Meg), I wonder who here has some killer megs for show? I'll start it with the serrated lightning strike beauty that earned it's spot as my first, coming in at 2 3/4"! Front: Rear: And a closer look at those serrations:
  8. Hey All! Had a lazy day today so finally got some time to post my Peace River canoeing/fossil trip I went on end of Feb. I went 4 days and 3 nights on the Peace River canoeing, camping, and fossil hunting. We dropped in Wauchula and ended in Arcadia. We had a blast and found some good stuff along the way. This is my 4th year going down there and my first trip where I found my biggest and best condition meg! My buddy had never been fossil hunting (except once to Mazon Creek, pit 11 with me) and he found his first small meg on the river. We saw a lot of wildlife, paddled a lot of water, and shoveled a lot of river bottom. Here's my material from the trip. Enjoy! Armadillo band/scutes, glyptodont scute and tail scute (one of my favorites!), whale bulla, tortoise spur, random bone, and tusk material Jaw (recent deer??), alligator teeth, snake vert, sloth teeth pieces, gator osteoderm (a favorite), and small random bones Peccary tusk??, capybara tooth piece, reconstructed deer antler, horse teeth, piece of petrified wood mammoth tooth pieces (I think same tooth), mastodon enamel pieces, shell (id?) turtle neural pieces, soft shell turtle pieces, gar scale, ray teeth/plate pieces, ray barbs turtle turtle turtle! These are my unknowns glass bottle (any ideas w age on this one???), bone piece? skull bone??, very worn vert of what?
  9. Repair Megalodon Tooth

    Hi everyone, I would like to learn how to repair a 6' megalodon tooth I have in my possession. About 40% is missing, but the remaining tooth is not half bad. I do not know where to start as far as tools and materials go. I am an experienced painter and sculptor so hopefully that comes in handy? Also, I recently repaired a shattered triceratops rib, so I have a tiny bit of experience with fossil repair. Although, I am sure that shark teeth are entirely different. So....does anyone have any experience with repairing fossil meg teeth? Is it a complex process? What tools and materials do I need? I would really like to do this. I've heard it takes practice and experience, but I think it would be an interesting challenge. Thanks so much! Lauren Sorry in advance for the lousy picture(s)...
  10. This Saturday I had the opportunity to make a trip to Central Florida (CF Industries) phosphate mine to hunt for fossils. The little town of Wauchula in central Florida created a non-profit organization called Peace River Explorations which currently resides in the refurbished (long out of service) train station in the middle of town. They are hoping to broaden the economy of the area to bolster tourism in addition to citrus and cattle which are the primary two industries. To that end as a fund raiser they have periodically worked with one of the local phosphate mines (open pit--really more like a quarry) to provide supervised visits to the spoil pile area for a day of fossil hunting. I did this once several years ago with limited success--surface hunting is an entirely different skill set than sifting for fossils in the rivers/creeks. Did come away with a reasonable 2" meg last time and a few other bones, vertebrae, etc. but no great prizes. At the very last minute (late Friday morning) my wife I decided to give it a go again and woke up at 4am to drive across state to arrive at the converted train station in the center of Wauchula to join a group of 10 others on a trip to the mine for the day. I was happy to hear that Mark Renz (one of my very favorite local fossil gurus) was slated to come along to lead the trip and help identify finds. The weather ranged from low overcast clouds with a hint of imminent thundershowers to blue skies with baking sun with a cold front blowing in from the north to finish the day off many degrees colder than it started. It was hard to believe this was all the same day with such variable weather conditions. Over the last week the area experienced some pretty heavy showers (a bit out of place for the middle of dry season). This benefitted us as a good rain helps bring items to the surface in the muddy/sandy matrix that was the spoil pile area that we hunted. I really should have pulled the camera out of the trunk and taken some photos of the area we were hunting in but somehow I was single-mindedly focused on covering as much of the area we were allowed to wander within with my head constantly pointed down scanning the ground in front of me. By the end of the day my neck muscles ached and the area between my shoulder blades burned from the strain of looking down. The area we hunted was about a hundred yards wide and a couple hundred yards long. Bulldozers had recently piled new material onto this area and dozed it flat. I used the dozer tracks to align myself as I walked a methodical back and forth pattern while sweeping the area looking for the hint of an edge or color that might indicate a fossil worth stopping for and picking out of the hardened muddy/sandy matrix with a screwdriver. The recent rains obviously helped as many fossils were sitting proud on top of the now dried muddy matrix. Unfortunately the abuses they endured while being mauled by a dragline bucket, dump truck and bulldozer seemed to have reduced many a megalodon tooth to "fraglodons" or "shamers". I picked up over three dozen meg fragments many that were real teasers. You'd see a blade or part of a root protruding from the dried mud that it was sitting in and slowly work a screwdriver in beside the tooth only to see that there was usually little else hidden below the mud and all you had was another frag to add to the collection. Some of the teeth had interesting colors and pieces like the caramel colored blade fragment hinted at some awesomely colored teeth that once were before they were ground to bits. It was kinda sad to see so many near misses but also interesting to see the density of megs that could be found in one day. Still, the fun for my wife and I is the hunt--the possibility that a great find will suddenly present itself like an unexpected gift from the fossil gods. The day wasn't all busted megs as I did manage to glean one mostly undamaged meg (2.25" in length) that was sitting flat on top of a little mound between dozer tread marks where the recent rains had uncovered it. It has a really nice blonde root and a nicely patterned steely gray blade. The interesting thing (to me) about this meg is that it is very cupped (toward the labial surface). Does anybody know why a meg tooth would be so curved? Additional favorites found that day were a really nice shark vert that my wife found and a really colorful shard of a cusp of a mastodon tooth. Probably by favorite find of the day was the very last thing I picked up--a gorgeously colored horse tooth. I believe the clearly visible isolated protocone indicates that this would be from one of the species of 3-toed horses. Anybody who is up on equine dentistry feel free to chime in as to the probably species. I really like the color (unlike similar monochromatically black horse teeth from the Peace) and the fact that the cusps on the chewing surface are very sharp and not worn down. I'm guessing this is probably indication that this horse didn't live long enough to wear this molar down. Surface hunting is an art much different from sorting through bits of gravel in a sifter. Because of the wider area covered we usually didn't spot much in the way of tiny shark teeth (though I got a few). I enjoyed the novelty of the experience as it quite different from sifting. Some day my wife and I want to make it up to the Carolinas to try our hand at surface hunting in the creeks up that way as it would be a different sort of experience (and we're all about the experience). Would be a good opportunity to find some different species of teeth as well. Cheers. -Ken Below: A rogues gallery of broken megs, my "keepers", and my new favorite horse tooth.