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Found 13 results

  1. Fossil finds from 7/20/19

    My finds from 7/20/19. My location had lots of people on it, but surprisingly I did good. I found a corner of a meg, a nice bull shark tooth, A nice sand tiger tooth, And lots of bone. All of these where found near Beaufort SC.
  2. I know there are megs off of Venice beach and I get so jealous of the finds people post after diving!! They are gorgeous teeth!!! Curious- can these megs be scooped up without scuba equipment? I would love to get certified but right now it's not in my budget...
  3. I just purchased a Badger Air-Brush Co. 260-1, but from the looks of the previous posts the abrasive media that comes with it is junk. I'm going to try to use it on the top "rough part" of Meg Teeth that I get out of Venice. I've tried the vinegar and dental picks, but I don't like the color bleaching that can happen, nor can I get into every single crack with a dental pick on encrusted teeth. What do you guys recommend for me to try with this brush? Here's an example of what we normally pull out of the ocean before any cleaning.
  4. Hello everyone, I would first like to preface my post with thanking three members who replied to many emails with advice and insight into my past week hunting the Peace River in Florida, @shellseeker (jack), @digit (ken), and @Sacha (john). A very big thanks to John for allowing me to join him on 2 separate days and honestly, really show me how to harvest fossils the correct way. I wouldn't have 3/4 of the fossils I collected without his assistance. That being said, I was able to find my first megs, some horse material, Scutes, tons of awesome hemis, and a few other odds and ends. There were a couple of pieces I wanted ask about on the forum. I'll start with what John and I leaned towards being whale teeth and go from there...note the striations.
  5. 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.
  6. I sent these off to Matt the sharks tooth repairer and he did a really good job. I bought these many years ago but realized I would never get around to it. Matt did a really good job!! I am very happy with these!!! RB
  7. Another Meg Ledges Trip

    A couple of members have been asking about my recent trip to dive the ledges off Wilmington. Here is a quick trip summary. We chartered a fast 43ft boat that took us out 42 miles to an area that is a little over 100ft deep. That takes two hours of running to get there. Then we dive using big 120cu ft HP steel tanks filled with Nitrox (air with more oxygen mixed in it), so that we can stay on the bottom a bit longer than if we were using air. We did two dives on the first day, and returned back 5 more days in a row, diving 3 tanks every day after the first day. We dove 17 dives in six days, all over 100ft. This was the first time I ever got to go out everyday that we were scheduled to go. The weather is quite variable 42 miles from shore, and it was a gift to get out that many times in a week. They had to cancel the day before we arrived, and the day after we left. We had a perfect weather window, but not without hurricane GERT going by to give us 10ft swells for a day. That was a real eye-opener to see how much the swells could move you and the bottom 100ft down. Everything and everybody was surging back and forth about six feet with each passing wave overhead. Easy now to see how disturbed the bottom could be over millions of years and thousands of severe storms. My final tooth count for the week was: 77 megs, 93 makos, 35 whites, 1 benny, and 2 tiny hemis. I got 1 meg over 6 inches, and around 15 or 20 4's and 5's. A couple huge 2.5 in GW's with no roots, and a decent 2.75 in mako that cleaned up with some nice color. Some dives I came up with almost nothing, and the next dive I needed a lift bag to get them all up...LOL. Everything is big out there... We had a 14ft Tiger shark circle us, I saw 2 Lionfish at the anchor that must have been over 2ft in length, a huge brown sting ray went by along the ledge, and I saw a Lizardfish that had to be a world record 2ft+. It looked like the big iguanas in the Fla Keys. Here is a before and after pic to prove some of it is true! The above picture is before soaking in diluted cider vinegar for a few days. This is after cleaning. All the teeth to the right of the ruler are the great whites. I don't see a lot of quality teeth from out there, but you get a lot of big teeth. The smaller 2's and 3's are often much nicer condition. If you want better quality you need to dive in the rivers, or hunt the low country on foot... But if you think it's fun to find a meg in your screen, imagine seeing them laying on the bottom from a few feet away. The big meg above was laying in plain sight waiting for me to adopt it. Too much fun... P.S. I'll be back...
  8. 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
  9. Years ago my wife and I hunted the Arner Ranch in NE for Oligocene vert material. The trip was led by Frank Garcia, and a number of collectors that came with him were from FL. I cultivated some new friendships on that trip, and one was a gentleman named Rob. Having collected previously with some of the same guys, Rob and I became fast friends. Last year I guided/pointed Rob around Texas for 2 weeks. His trip was well timed in the aftermath of massive statewide flooding, and he went home with huge amounts of varied material. His truck was literally sagging in the rear end on the way home. One hand washes the other in this business. My trip to FL was perfectly timed to capitalize on seasonally dry conditions, leave Valentine's Day alone, and beat the crush of Spring Break. The last week of Feb resulted in optimal conditions. I drove not only to haul finds home, but also to deliver ammonites to my hosts without the hassle of airlines. Anyway, Rob has some honey holes on the Peace River, and we hit several. The first put us on a collision course with varied Pleistocene material, including mammoth. A sampling is shown below. We grabbed busted Megs, and good examples of Hemipristis, mako, bull, sand tiger, tiger, and lemon sharks, glyptodont, Holmesina, llama, horse, turtle, whale, gator etc.
  10. I spent most of another day in a spot I've worked the last 4 or 5 times out, but had only moderate results this time. It's getting very hard to dig since the water is still cold, I'm wearing a 5 mil wetsuit and I'm up to my neck in the hole with not bottom showing yet. I wore an 18 pound weight belt for much of the day to keep me on the bottom and give me some leverage with the shovel. It's very tiring, but I really like the spot because the gravel is big and there is tons of bone mixed in......just not much in good shape......yet. Anyway, with guests coming next week for a little trip, I wanted to find a couple alternate spots to try, since the goal of all of our visitors is to find a nice meg. I stopped in a spot that gets lots of pressure and dropped in a hole that looked promising. The megs just started coming hand over fist. Nothing pristine, but 4 that are pretty darn nice with lots of other give away quality teeth. Hope I can do this again of next Friday when guests arrive. We tried an area very close to this one for an episode of "Fossil Hunters" and nobody in the group found anything other than fragments. It's just luck of the draw......and persistence. Here's the take for yesterday.
  11. For a change of pace, I went to a different spot in the Peace looking for megs, since I have given most of mine away. The spots I normally go to can occasionally yield a decent meg, but I'm primarily a mammal guy and not especially interested in shark teeth. This spot is a fun place to look for a change, since a decent hole can yield a good quantity of teeth. This was the take for the afternoon. Not super productive, but 2 of the megs are pretty nice although small. One tooth that looks very different to me is this guy. Is this just a weird little meg? It has very defined serrations, but the root is huge compared to the blade. I hope forum members don't get bored with the posts from the Peace River. After last year's high water, we're trying to catch up for lost time.
  12. Chris and I went out today to scout two new areas but neither produced so we went to another spot where we have had some good luck with small Megs. Most tend to be beach worn and are generally black in color but we find quite a few and we have both found some really nice ones it there occasionally in our hunts. These are all the whole ones I found today, the one in the lower left has evidence of cusps which is a first for me: ) Would've been nice if it was in a little better shape but I'll take with I can get : )
  13. Meherrin River Megs

    couple of megs. not as big as my son's find from last year but good color closer of the left tooth craig
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