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MeargleSchmeargl posted a topic in Fossil Hunting TripsRemember the creek spot I hit in the summer in July? Went back there yesterday to Creek hunt, willing to brave the very (VERY) cold water to hunt for the shark teeth I knew were plentiful. Surprisingly, I only found a couple of teeth (probably because the water was absolutely freezing, and I wasn't crazy enough to swim in freezer water to get teeth). The best thing I found tooth wise was this decent (but tipless) little Angie: The highlight of this trip, however, is not the teeth, but my very first (and very, VERY big) whale vert: One end And the other end At 2 7/8" long and 2 5/8" wide, it's really heavy (If I wanted to I could probably even use it for weight training, lol). However, a good chunk of it is missing (though the veins where the bone marrow was is pretty cool)... The really cool part, however, is what I saw on this big guy after looking more closely: See the clean scratches? I dunno about you, but they look an awful lot like predation marks to me. If they are, then this definitely one of my coolest finds so far. Confirmation, anyone? Family photo for this trip. Yeah, it's not much, but the specimens weren't terrible either:
Went out for a quick hunt this afternoon. I found a sweet upper anterio-lateral cow, a barracuda tooth which is rare for the beach i was on, and my largest to date shark vert. Also i think i found some sort of munition the round ball beneath whale material it is made of metal and is mushroomed on one side. Not to shabby for a quick walk.
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.