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  1. Recent Florida finds

    Been a while since I've posted a trip report but not for lack of hunting. In the midst of our rainy season here but I've been fortunate to get out with Kevin(Calvin Jenkins) over the last few weeks and also with Dan ( Grimlock) and his son Wolfie and Kevin this am. It's mostly marine stuff we've been finding with a few terrestrial bits too. Been getting a nice meg or two myself about every trip and some with great colors and condition. Found my biggest one in the last few years today and it's almost perfect with just a tip of the root lobe missing and the enamel could be better but it'll look ok once it rehydrates a bit. Kevin and Dan feel free to throw up some eye candy
  2. Hello everyone, I'd like to share my extreme budget collection of megs for the US as requested, I've have been collecting shark teeth and other for a little over a year and a half now on a 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. I estimate I spent no more than $1,100 in total for this small collection. Tag me if there's any teeth you'd like to take a closer look at. In order: 1) Ace Basin, Ashepoo River SC 2) Lee Creek, Aurora, NC 3) Ocean teeth likely from offshore SC 4) Georgia??? 5) 7 inch+ meg fragment likely from offshore SC 6) Virginia Red Site (repaired) 7) Georgia??? 8) Virginia 9) St. Mary's??? 10) Georgia??? (repaired) 11) Summerville 12) Ocean teeth likely from offshore SC 13) St. Mary's Last photo: 6inch+ Calvert Cliffs, Maryland (restored) I'll do bone valleys for part 3 sometime soon! @ynot @WhodamanHD @snolly50 @sixgill pete
  3. Took the wife to our college town of Athens Ga for several days last week to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Since I have an addiction to shark tooth hunting I set her up with a day at the spa and proceeded to drive 4 hours each way with a good friend for a shark tooth hunt on Friday. Got a taxi haul out to the dredge spoil island from Bull River Marina down there. Fourth time I've used them. They are great and I highly recommend them if you're in the area. Had some good luck. Found my first "large" meg. If I'm measuring correctly it's almost 4 1/4 inches. No great in situ pics. I was so excited I picked it up and started dancing around like a little girl. A bit later I was going over some large granite rip rap and fell, striking my knee on an oyster covered rock, and laid my knee open. Required some minor surgery to clean out, remove some oyster shell, debride some dead tissue, and do a two layer closure Still can't bend my knee much, it hurts like a SOB . . .but worth it to find a meg. My buddy found four to five 1 inch to 1.5 inch makos and great whites. Between the two of us a four hour hunt yielded about 200 total teeth, some bone fragments, a vert or two, and what I think is a fossilized deer tooth with the root intact. Finally, when our charter boat picked us up he was doing a booze cruise ride around for nine 20 something women in bikinis on a bachelorette party. Made for a nice view on the way back in!
  4. A birthday present

    Hi all, Today, I got a special present: my biggest meg tooth so far! And my second too (I'm kinda behind with them). With very nice serrations, this one is definitely one of the highest quality fossil shark teeth I have now. I think it's a "jet black" one. Oh, and the measurements are (longest tip to root distance): 8.3 cm (which is 3.3 inches). Not the biggest tooth, but still a nice one. Just wanted to share this beauty with you all Best regards, Max
  5. Summerville trip; scored big-time!

    As some here on the forums may know, I have taken a trip to Summerville SC in search of the oh so elusive and legendary Meg teeth. Grab a bag of popcorn, 'cuz this will be a good one! When we first arrived yesterday, we had a vague and not so sharp idea of where to hunt. It was a pretty uneventful hunt, with the find of the day being a lower right Hemipristus. Of course, one Hemi wasn't enough, so we signed up for a fossil hunting group trip in the area (courtesy of Low Country Fossil excursions). After The groups (us and another bunch) gathered at a generally empty supermarket parking lot, we followed our guide named Dennis, a local expert to the site along Rumphs Hill Creek, at an area leased to him. Here is the sight we saw when we arrived in the actual Creek; The other group went right to work with the shovels and sifters provided, finding petite and decent size teeth. I asked Dennis if there were megs in this site, and he said he had actually found some decent ones recently up Creek from where we went in, and he told me to check a particular runoff pipe there.... To be continued...
  6. A Jewel of a Gift

    A package arrived from the USA today which I'd been awaiting with trepidation for a while. The content was intact and I did a little dance Aza, who came along with @Jeffrey P for the German excursion had promised to send me a nice Meg as a token of thanks for showing her around and doing a bit of prep work for her on her finds. I've been wishing for a tooth of this quality for quite a long time, so needless to say, I'm a happy man today.
  7. Spent the day on 2 different beaches and was rewarded with a rare excellent summertime hunt. Paper towel is from on the Bay in the morning low tide and a close up of the good stuff the bigger meg is 2 3/4 teeth on the plate are from the river on the afternoon low tide before the storms chased me off the beach with a ground shot of the river meg oh how rare it is to find megs on the river!!!
  8. Charleston Eclipse Fossil Hunting

    We are making a trip up to the Charleston area in August to go see the eclipse and do some fossil hunting. My daughter is 8 so I am looking for some kid friendly sites to take my her in the Charleston area. I've read a lot about the area but would really appreciate y'alls suggestions.
  9. Bore Hole in Meg Tooth

    My latest find while diving off SE NC in 95ft of water - clearly a good day! The site has numerous whale & shark tooth fossils which are eroded from a Limestone ledge overlying compacted grey-blue clay. Can anyone identify a likely candidate for what creates the perfectly round bore holes and hollows in the teeth found around this area - I was told it was some kind of boring mollusc? I have another tooth that resembles Swiss cheese. Many thanks. Duncan.
  10. So sorry its been a few months since i posted my finds just been really busy. Here are my finds from Calvert cliffs for the past couple months sorry for the delay in posting my finds and this was my first Giant Thresher ever in 25+ years of collectin on the bay!! Plus a ground shot of one of the megs and some associated whale material it was a good spring but alas now the sand and high water have arrived come on fall!!!!
  11. Cape Town fossiling!

    Hello fellow fossil hunters, After one month, sorry for the delay, here it finally is: my trip report of the fossil hunting in Cape Town, South Africa! First off, I just wanna say this: before my trip to SA, I asked here whether it was possible to hunt there. Everyone said that SA had strict laws on fossil hunting, and that I would have no chance there. Obviously I was disappointed, yet also confused, because on Fossiel.NET (Dutch version of TFF), there were two locations with lots of info about them in SA, and they didn't say anything about the law. After that, on Instagram, I met a guy that lived in Cape Town, and his posts were those of fossils he had found there! So I sent him a message asking about the rules, and he said the following: fossil extraction/digging is forbidden, but if the fossils are found in loose sediment, you are allowed to pick them up. Which was great news, because this meant I could hunt at Milnerton! Now, to the report. As we arrived in the parking, we saw the big sandy beach stretching out. As we got onto it, we could barely see 20 meters in front of us. Then the fog cleared up slightly, giving us a better view of the beach. We then met a lady who was also hunting for sharkteeth, and she gave me some tips for searching. As we continued our walk on the beach, after about an hour of having found nothing except for a few modern seashells, we arrived at the lighthouse. We got up close to the lighthouse and noticed some people sitting there, with a towel in front of them. We went over to see what they were selling, and, of course, there were sharkteeth! Extinct giant whites (mako's) and great whites, many complete and in good condition. They also made necklaces out of the teeth that were less well preserved. So we bought 3 sharkteeth from them, and also got a small necklace for free, all that for only 120 ZAR (more or less 8 USD)! They were extremely nice with us, and gave us many more tips for finding fossils, as we had explained that we also love to find them personally. Thanks to their very helpful tips, we soon found some teeth too! And we also found some pieces of bone, very similar to those I find on the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot in the Netherlands. Finally, towards the end, I even found a big whale vert! All in all it was an amazing day, and the weird weather made it a unique experience.
  12. Sunday, 12/18/2016, will be a day documented with great detail in my personal memory bank. As you read this, keep in mind, I am one of those people who remain in constant awe of the world around me; curiously exploring every little detail, often finding excitement in the things most would consider average or common. Every Trip I’ve made to Greens Mill Run these past three years has been one of such joy, excitement and inspiration – regardless of what treasures (and junk) I had found or imagined to find. 12/18/16 9:15 AM – I arrive to my usual parking spot, which I frequent most weekends and week day evenings through the spring summer months that the sun lasts long enough to get a few screens in after getting off work at 5pm. I am seriously addicted and will never be ashamed to admit it! ( of course, I miss the occasional weekend to go on fossil trips with groups in other places OR because of lil pesky hurricanes, like Matthew, flooding me out). Rain, cold, heat nor physical discomfort can keep me from going at least one day out of a weekend to get my dig on, and most of all – to find my peace of mind within the tiny spot of nature found near the heart of a small city. I meet up with my favorite digging friend, Rick – who was in shock of the damage the city did along GMR to clear out the fallen trees within the creek. They had been clearing a wide road to fit a back hoe an extensive distance deep into the woods, just beside the stream, to remove the multitude of fallen trees left behind by Matthew. While they may have destroyed the beauty and protection of the banks – I do owe them some thanks for breaking up a couple banks in the process, releasing treasures! We poked around and walked up stream slowly, heading towards I place we both wanted to hit up, a spot I didn’t have time to get into last weekend. I knew there were still things to be found - I had spent about 20 hours total there two weekends ago and still kept finding stuff. Within the week days since the weekend prior, they removed the fallen tree I wanted to dig by, pulling it up out of the stream. As I walked up, looking over the damaged bank and released potential, I look to my right (at 10:00 am) and cannot post here the exact words that came out of my mouth – but I will elude to it .. “Holy…” and Rick, right behind me, immediately sees what I’m looking at, exclaiming “I .... hate you” jokingly. I wouldn’t have believed it and neither would he had one of us came upon this discovery alone. Laying there in the clear water, glistening in the sun as it rested on hardened clay, was my very first complete, serrated and large Megladon tooth. She is a true beauty. We snapped photos in the water, where she lay, and then in hand – texting them to a couple people, bragging etc – it being quite "the find". It only took about 3 years of consistent trips to finally find my very own GMR meg in remarkable condition of such size!! I kept digging. I found an AMAZING great white two hours later and a few smaller GW, Mako, Crow, tiger etc that are common for GMR (but still exciting to me each and every time I see one in my screen!). Leaving around 2 pm, the love story of Mr. Ash and his first remarkable Meg followed. We went home, I had a shower and my Meg had a bubble bath (I’m mildly OCD and have to disinfect everything I bring home). Then, we went out for dinner, my Meg and I (oh and the GF) to celebrate! I wanted steak – we went to Ribeyes (AMAZING STEAK FYI). I got us a salad, but Meg said she doesn’t eat rabbit food and would wait for the main course. Meg was a bit testy with the cook when they informed her that they do not serve Whale, but we settled on a nice medium ribeye. Julie, my lovely lady with such kind heart-ed tolerance for my fossil obsession, drove us into the sunset, my meg and I – hand in..tooth…holding it..erm – to get a milk shake from Arbys. We ordered some chocolate shake goodness and we headed home! True love. (my GF getting slightly jealous at this point as I never share my shakes with her) And finally, after such a long exciting day – we got tucked in for a good night’s rest before meeting all of my coworkers the following morning. Any fossil lover can relate to the pure excitement and euphoria of their first meg find. I hope you can appreciate the visual representation of what loving a Meg, found after searching for so long, would be like J
  13. We finally made it. Mrs.beachbum and myself finally made our first fossil hunting trip of the year. We just moved to central Florida and decided to stay close by for our first trip out. So we headed out to one of the smaller creeks in Gainesville for a few hours on Monday. It was slow going at first and after moving around for a while we hit a pretty good spot. Even though we had a couple of "oh nuts" with the megs,they are still the largest that we've found in Gainesville. The posterior meg is a pretty sharp looking dark blue, along with the cool colors of the other teeth. I believe that's a horse tooth in upper part of the picture that was found just before the megs started appearing. All in all it was a fun morning in the creek and we're looking to spend more time there. Also, can anyone tell me what's in the 2nd pic? Thanks.
  14. Some recent finds

    If there's rock, there might be bone. If there's bone, there might be teeth. If there's teeth, they might be megs. If they're megs, they might be big and beautiful. Or, sometimes, you just find a big beautiful meg in the middle of nowhere. I was forty minutes into a dive where I'd only seen a few verts and bone frags. My mind began to wander and I thought, "Wouldn't this be a nutty place to find a big- tooth!" I swear to God, ten seconds later, I saw the tip of a big meg sticking out of the sand. I told myself to chill, that it was almost certainly broken. But when I lifted the tip with an index finger, the whole thing peeled out. 5 3/4" and one of my best teeth! Also included some other recent finds. some other recent megs
  15. Summerville Creek Hunts

    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.
  16. I didn't think we would get out this weekend, my daughter's birthday was on Saturday and I knew that the Mid-Atlantic Fossil and Nature Club was going to be at Stratford Hall...but with nothing else to do today, we decided to head down. We arrived at dead high tide and once again, the water was higher than we ever saw it before...there was hardly any beach. I felt sorry for the folks that shelled out money for the M-AF&NC, spending over $100 to get access to areas that were in many cases, under water. I did hear that there were some cool finds, a big croc tooth and some 2"+ Makos. I also heard that Dr. Weems was excavating a 4' whale skull, I'm signed up to attend an event with him in a few weeks so I can't wait to ask about it. Well, we settled in to sift...and sift and sift some more. We were finding the typical small stuff, nothing spectacular but still fun. I sifted up a baby Meg, too bad it was broken. Seeing the cusp on the side was pretty cool. My wife found what looks like to be some more turtle material and then on her last two scoops, a nice snaggletooth and a cow shark tooth. Total Haul. Baby Meg, love the cusp! Too bad it wasn't whole. Cow Shark...last scoop of the day! Unknown, possibly turtle? Side 1. Side 2
  17. Carcharocles megalodon 02

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon ACE River Basin, SC 5.3"
  18. April 28 Peace River?

    Hi all, I am going to be in central Florida this week on a business trip and I have a bit of free time Friday afternoon. I am planning to go to the Peace and was wondering if anyone would like to meet up. It has been a couple years since I collected in FL and I cannot wait to get back out there!
  19. Meg Tooth- with iron?

    Hey Everyone, Found this odd meg-tooth shaped thing last weekend hunting around Calvert cliffs area in Maryland. Hopefully the images suffice. But seems to be mostly iron (?). Does anyone know what this is, or how it formed? Looks like it may have been a meg tooth at one point? I am new to fossil hunting so forgive my suggestions if they are way off.
  20. My first meg! + A great Noto!

    Hey everyone, Though they may not be very impressive specimens for most of you (especially the sharkteeth collectors), I am still extremely happy with my 2 new additions to my collection: I got my most complete Notorhynchus tooth till now, one with all the cusps present and a majority of the root; and also my very first MEGALODON TOOTH!!! Yes, I didn't have a single megalodon tooth in my collection till now, though I have been collecting for over 7 years. And even though they are both rather small teeth, the megalodon being a posterior tooth too, I am still extremely glad with them. In fact, there is a Dutch proverb that fits this situation perfectly: "klein maar fijn" (small but nice). Both teeth come from the Calvert Cliffs (Miocene). I got them in a trade with the amazing Dave @Darktooth, with whom I have had a great chat thanks to this forum! Therefore: thank you Dave!!! Best regards, Max
  21. This is my favorite meg in my collection. It is 5cm long, and many colors are mixed!
  22. Long time lurker, first time poster. Here are a few pics from my hunt last week at the cliffs. Normally hunt in between plum point and dares beach. This time I Came away with a nice meg, a big broken meg and my first symphseal cow shark tooth! I just started colecting this past summer and normally get out one or two times a week. Also, I just got a jet ski so I look forward to being able to get to some spots that aren't accessible by land.
  23. Potomac River 2/2/17

    Back-to-back trips on the Potomac, though this trip was 30-40 miles downriver from where we hunted yesterday. Once again, the weather was beautiful, much sunnier than yesterday and the river was flat calm...which I needed for this spot since I was in the water the entire time, searching 2-3' deep. I moved along slowly and was pleasantly surprised at the results, 2017 just keeps getting better and better! I actually remembered to get some pictures of the teeth before I grabbed them off the bottom, of course that was after I had already found the two megs. Total haul: First multi-meg day for me! On the water, after I had just found the second meg (smaller one). A couple of Makos in the water.
  24. Calvert Cliffs trips

    So i have lived in Calvert all my life and just stumbled across the forum the other day and decided to join to share like so many others these are a few of my finds from the last season the big meg and ecphora are from the last month of cold weather collecting month or so.
  25. Hi guys! Yesterday I had a great time at the cliffs. I left my house at 10:39 pm friday night, and got to the town of Chesapeake Beach around 5:00 am. For almost the entire ride I had to deal with thick patches of fog. I was quite relieved when I got to town. I had some time to kill, so I grabbed some Mcdonalds and made some posts on the forum. I also messaged back and forth with Maxfossils , who gave me some encouraging words. It was a great way to start the day. I pulled in to the parking lot at 6:45and it was barely light out. There was one car already there. As I walked the trail to the beach I noticed how quite it was. As I got to the water it was almost still as glass! Then I saw a guy who was carrying two paint cans walking towards me and he set them down and walked back to the water and strated digging. I said "Hi how are you?". What I got in return was an unfriendly mumble. So I ignored him as proceeded down the beach. The other thing I noticed was the fog hovering over the bay. It looked thick and ominous. It made things hard to see in the already low light. The good thing is that the water was gin clear and you could see everything. I had a good feeling things would be in my favor. As I rounded the first corner, and then the fist debris pile I saw a great sight. The water was so low here that all the debris that normally is under water, was exposed. Soon I found a couple small teeth. Just enough to get the blood flowing. I also saw a lot of shells which normally I don't pay much attention to unless they are real nice. I noticed a small pile of unbroken scallop shells. I reached down to pick them up and realized they were stuck together. When I flipped them over I saw about 5 small complete turritellas stuck to the shells with matrix. For some reason I didn't put this in my backpack. I just kept walking with it in my hand. A few feet away another shell grabbed my attention. I got down on one knee to grab it. Just as I made the decision to keep it. Something made me turn to the right. And there it was a meg, only about 1 foot away half buried in sand! I couldn't believe it, I had only been out there about 30 minutes. But I did not know if it was complete. In my mind I just knew it was split in half. I was almost to afraid to find out. I did not want to be disappointed. I reached down crossed my fingers and whala! It was whole with tip intact Yayyyyyy! I could not believe my luck. I completely forgot the interesting shells a this point. I think I threw them in the excitement, which is in fact a shame. After putting the tooth in a safe place, I continued on finding small teeth here and there. At this point I started hearing strange noises from somewhere in the water. Of course with the fog I couldn't see anything. It took me a while to figure out it was birds and from all the noise, a lot of them. I made my way to my favorite stretch of beach. I was disappointed with what a saw. There was hardly any debris here and the shell line was very small. I managed a few tiny teeth here. I was hoping to snag a cow shark. Not long after that crossed my mind I look down and there was a small but perfect cow shark upper tooth! Wow! I was really happy as this was only my second upper I ever found, with the first one found on my last trip in September, when I was with my Dad and Ropterus at Flag ponds. Then I take a few more steps and I find a cow shark lower. Complete cusps but missing the root. A few more steps and a broken piece of another lower. After this I just walked back and forth on this stretch finding a few stingray plates, pieces of bone, and the occasional tooth. I had the beach to myself for awhile. I started to head back to where I found the meg thinking I would have better luck. As I headed there I started running into a few people. There was a husband and wife, a forum member from Virginia. I can't remember his forum name. It was one I hadn't heard before and he said he hasn't been on for awhile. Then a local guy who said he had been coming for about twenty years. Everyone was very friendly and in good spirits despite the fact none of the found anything decent. With the exception of the gentleman from Virginia, who as he was heading out found a complete cowshark lower. I was surprised no one really stayed long. When I got back to the spot were I found the meg, it was all under water. So I spent the remaining time looking in every nook and cranny I could find. Every once in awhile I would still hear the birds. At one point I turned around and the fog had cleared enough to see thousands upon thousands of birds in the water. It was crazy. I regret not getting a picture. In fact I wanted to apologize to the forum for not taking any pics while I was there. Shortly after this I decided to head back to the car. I think it was around 11:00. I decided to go slow as possible in hopes of scoring a one more goodie. At one point I noticed a guy walking in my direction when he got to me we talked for a bit and I found out he is member Sharktooth Hunter ( Connor). I had a nice talk with him before he headed down a little further. He ended catching back up with me later so we walked back to our cars together on the way out. I really enjoyed having someone to talk with for the final walk back. Also I liked hearing about how he got into fossil hunting. A good way to end the trip. I ended up leaving there about 12:30 and after making a couple stops for gas and food got home about 7:30. I was exhausted but it was worth it. Here are my finds, enjoy! First pic, the total finds. Second and third, meg
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