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  1. Easter Suprise

    My best hunt to date: After family events, I had some time to go hunting today (easter), the first warm time I’ve had to hunt when I actually knew what I was doing. The tide was not ideal, but not dangerous. As I walked down the beach, many where there Hunting. I correctly assumed that these were mostly normal beach goers, and I was down south alone with few fresh footprints. I walked the whole length, it took about an hour forty to the end and back. As I walked, I found a nice common thresher and I cracked a grin. I found another and that kept the smile. I then found a complete cow shark tooth and was rather chuffed, and then BANG! MEG! My first after half a year of hunting the cliffs. It’s worn and has been stress fractures, most would not hold it in high esteem but being my first I was ecstatic! This meg will always hold a special place in my heart. I said a quick prayer and continued forth not caring if I found anything else, my trip had already been made. Then I found some decent White sharks, which I have for some reason been missing. Some nice hemis hopped into my view as well. Eventually I decided it was time to go back. On the way back I noticed someone had put a block of a hard clay (actually more of a limestone I think) on a small boulder. I took a look and saw there was a chunk of bone in it! This was a little over 1.75 miles from the entrance, so someone must have picked it up, realized it wasn’t worth the trouble and left it. I’m not so easily detered. So I carried this ungainly 20 pound mass ( I’m in the tennis team so you can infer my strength) the almost two miles through the highish tide which concealed under water boulders. Perhaps stupid, but worth it. I felt pride from the strange looks I got from the beach goers, perhaps they thought I had found something important. Any way I’m going to photograph everything tomorrow but here’s what I have now, enjoy.
  2. Carcharocles megalodon 05

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon Bone Valley, Florida Bite damage with marks visible ....
  3. So 2018 has been on a roller coaster of sorts. The east coast was hit with a prolonged cold snap to start the year which froze all the beaches up and most of the Chesapeake Bay too. So there was no hunting at all for the first week and a half of the year. The weather finally broke and i hit the beach i was luck enough to find a nice 2" meg/chub and the tripmaker was a pathological hubbell megalodon i was super stoked. Then the cold came back and once again the beaches froze right back up, so I was back off the beach again. The weather broke and all the ice went away and i hit the beach yesterday and killed it. Found the beautiful lower lateral meg that is just under 3.5", a couple nice makos, the 2 1/4' chub and a super sharp little meg. I also cleaned up on cetecean verts and chesapectens and an inner earbone it has been an up and down kind of month. Here is to a productive 2018. Hope everyone does well.
  4. After too many days of cold weather, we were determined to head out to the river during some spring time weather...we weren't prepared for what we found! Snow and ice was stacked up all over the place, for the most part I thought the trip was a bust but we decided to go for a hike anyway. After about a 1/4 mile, we saw some open water along the shore and headed for it...it wasn't much but we had about 600 yards of open beach and mostly open water...there was still some skim ice and slush but we at least could say that we were going to get to hunt a little. We weren't there 10 minutes until I heard a boat running around on the river, I thought to myself, "who is crazy enough to be out on the river with this much ice?" As I watched the boat, it turned and came towards me...yep, I knew who was as crazy as me to be out, it was @SailingAlongToo with some other legends out and about. Always a treat to run into him on the water and chatting a little bit, he was off acting as an ice breaker! LOL! After he left we got back to searching and lo and behold, we started to have some success. We were only wearing boots so I took the water since my boots are taller than my wife's, as I looked down I saw a beautiful site, a Mako! I have many that are much nicer than this one but this was my largest by far. A little while later I heard a squeal of delight from my wife, I looked back to see her holding up a small Meg. All-in all, it wasn't a huge haul today but it was nice to be out on the river again, I'm looing forward to when the ice melts away though I don't think it will be anytime soon. Working our way through the snow and ice. Something to search. My wife scores! Total haul Meg and Mako
  5. Been going through more boxes of fossils and found a bunch of stuff I didnt know I had, and Im not a tooth collector but ran into a whole bunch of sharks teeth I didn't know I had. I had to keep this one. Plus with my son and his buddy there I gave several away. Just the way I am.. Oh, also found some kind of dino tooth too. Quite nice. Amazes me what ive forgotten? Some of this stuff has been in boxes for many many years. Oh, this little bugger measure in at 5 3/4 inches. A really nice tooth. For me that is. RB
  6. Added three new teeth in recent times to my collection of exotic meg teeth, I'd like to share since there,s not to many images from these localities out there, the photos maybe in shabby quality because I pulled them directly from my Instagram page to save time. 1) This partial tip of a meg was found in the Chiba prefecture of Japan! Acquiring this, even just a fragment was a real pain in the butt as megs from Japan are extremely scare. 2) Even though its not a Meg of course but still being the closest ancestor, this 3.1inch chubutensis tooth was found at a land site in Lecce, Italy with gorgeous color! 3) This tooth measuring 4.1 inches came from new site in Bangkalan City, Java, Indonesia. A majority of the megs here were found with absolutely terrible preservation so this one is one of the best out of the bunch! A few more pics of these teeth can be found on their posts on my page at https://www.instagram.com/nyislandfossils/ if its ok to post this here.
  7. Meglodon tooth origin?

    Hello all! Hope everyone's years are off to a happy and huntfull start! Well I started the year off spending some Christmas cash on a meglodon tooth. (Having only found fragments myself) any way I was wondering if there is a tie between locations and colors of teeth. I found this beauty at an pass-proof price. It is a beautiful orange/red. At 5 inches almost exactly. The previous owner says it came from the st. Mary's river area of Georgia. (Pretty close to where I was when I got it). I am just curious if this is a common color for other areas or even in the st Mary's area? Thank you all for any input.
  8. Megalodon repair suggestions

    I have been gifting some Florida fossil sharks teeth that I have found to the 8 year old son of my technician. He adores these fossils. So to do something different this year I had noticed some Forum Members had been repairing broken Megalodon teeth and gave nice instructions. So I decided to fix a big one for him to gift at Christmas. A tooth that was only 67% present caught my on line eye due to it's LOW price ( 10 bucs). Even if I mess up the repair, I am only out pocket change. @Reptilia and @mattbsharks had great info on how to repair these teeth. The purpose of this post is to add to their detailed suggestions. Painting is likely to be someone's biggest struggle in the repair of a broken meg. What I did to help with this step was put paint into the resin while I was mixing it, making the need to paint the tooth potentially unneeded. The putty is a greyish white to begin with. To it, I added some brown and black resulting in an almost perfect match for the root. There is subtle streaks of color since I did not excessively kneed the last couple of paint drops that I applied. This adds much realism to the fake root. In this picture, a large piece of root was missing and is already repaired. It is hard to tell where I filled in the void. The resin in my fingers was mixed up to fill in a few depressions not noticed on my initial repair. No painting necessary!!!!!!!!!! Next, I tackled the missing enamel. I thought I had a good match for the natural tooth, but when it dried, I needed to add JUST A LITTLE paint to bring it in line with the natural enamel. Total paint time was under 2 minutes! Below is the enamel prior to painting. Close but not quite on the match. Did I create a perfect look a like? NO! Could I have? YES, VERY EASILY, and this was my first attempt. It is not hard to do (and is fun!!). I listened to the wise @snolly50, who made me think about the implications of such repairs and decided my creations always need to look repaired to a collector, yet good enough to fool a 8 year old for the next 8 years. So some imperfections in shape purposely remain. To make sure this is not passed on as a complete meg, I etched an M subtly in the repaired part of the root that will make anyone with any knowledge of megs scratch their heads. Unfortunately I did not get a finished picture, having to get it wrapped quickly, as I am leaving for Ohio for the holidays. Maybe a shot of it with the little boy holding it is warranted when I get back. Happy Holidays to one and all. One question to those who have repaired megs: How do you create the dark color in the cracks running through the enamel? I tried different techniques until it came close but none were quite as good as I would have liked. Mike
  9. Hi I was wondering if anyone could help me with the location of this Meg tooth. I know color alone prob won’t give me an exact location but I was hoping someone would be able to narrow it down to a couple locations. Also was $47 a good deal for this tooth? I know the forum doesn’t allow appraisals but I’m not sure if this question is considered a appraisal. If so then please ignore this part. Thanks for any help.
  10. Carcharocles megalodon (Agassiz 1843)

    From the album Pisces

    Longest edge: 11.5 cm. From the Miocene in the area around Charleston, SC, USA. Recieved on a trade with mattbsharks.
  11. Carcharocles megalodon 04

    From the album Sharks and their prey ....

    Carcharocles megalodon Bone Valley, FL

    © Matthew Brett Rutland

  12. Beautiful day on the river today, warm temperatures and a good low tide! I took my family out today and let them have at it, all I did was walk along with them and try to point out teeth to my youngest step-daughter who was with us for this Thanksgiving weekend...and they did quite well! My wife found a nice Meg that she took delight in ribbing me over since we had already walked past where she found it. We even ran into @SailingAlongToo today as he was out on the river in his boat, that boat certainly gets a workout every weekend! Their total haul My step-daughter's haul Another step-daughter's haul My wife's finds Better picture of the Meg The Meg again...she was ecstatic to find this on her own Croc tooth found by my step-daughter, her first out of the Miocene. My step-daughter with her prized find, I didn't point this out to her, she found it all on her own. She has plans of putting this in a case and hanging it in her room.
  13. The mail box was a particularly good hunting spot for me today, and most of the fossils I bought will go on the mailbox score thread, but today I will take the time to show off my progress on my evolution set. The problem with these are the harder to get specimens, the Carcharocles chubutensis is the first challenge. I’ve been looking for one that doesn’t break the bank for a while now, and finally I found one. This chub (from North Carolina I believe but I have to check on that) has the vestigial cusps and finer serrations. It is complete as well and about two inches (my target size). The only problem being it is a posterior tooth. This is not a huge problem, as I can work the rest of the set around it. This is the set of three so far, of course there will most likely be some switching out, as the meg has damage from biting and the angy is missing a side, but for now it is fine. Now I’m going to need a two inch posterior specimen of the following: Cretolamna Appendiculta, otodus obliquus, otodus askuaticus, carcharocles auriculatus, carcharocles sokolovi. This will take a while.... pm me if you are looking to sell one of these (low on trading material right now). Im also working on a Great white evolution set, which will likely take just as long or longer (I like a challenge) which consists currently of a GW and a Hastilis, although I may switch out the hastilis for a broader one. I’m looking for an isurolamna inflata, a isurus (macrorhizodus) praecursor, a escheri, and the elusive Hubbelli (this one will probably take the longest, just as sokolovi will probably take the longest for the other lineage). I have my eyes on a escheri (and yes I just found out it is actually a separate sister taxon, I’ll include it anyway for convergent evolution) on one site, but if I can get one cheaper somewhere else I will. Again you have one of these (especially Hubbelli) that you’d be willing to let go of, let me know and if it’s for a reasonable price I’ll buy it. These again looking around two inches and anterior (not posterior this time) but I will taylor this around the Hubbelli. I will also need to display these, I’m thinking riker mount, comment on any ideas for display. I’m thinking of putting both these sets in the same mount (it will have to be a big one though, still thinking it through). Thanks for reading!
  14. SC Lowcountry fun

    Thought I posted into this discussion earlier but instead slapped it into the SC forum. Heres all the pics from a recent walk I took in a creek after Irma's rains roller through. Couldn't do much in the way of digging, shoulder injury wasnt having any lifting going on. So I took a nice walk, enjoyed nature, and found some teeth along the way (along with a baby copperhead, some friendly turtles, and one squirrel that decided to follow me around). Anyway, scored a beauty of an Angustiden, horse tooth, ray mouth plate, small megs, makos, small verts, just a little bit of everything. Sorry for all the insitu pics, im a sucker for em.......
  15. Creek Walk

    Took a walk in a creek before I had to leave for out of town. No digging required on this trip, the rains from Irma made for a fun day, plus I was recovering from a shoulder injury.There's a few more pics from this trip in my Gallery. Came out of the creek with a few angys, a nice ray plate, smaller megs, mako, and a horse tooth. Also found a bone that i'm not sure as to what it is. All in all a great day for a walk.
  16. Walk in the creek

    From the album Mitchu Fossils

    Couldn't dig because of a shoulder injury, so I took a little walk instead.
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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...
  22. 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.
  23. 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!!!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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