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My first giant Meg

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JBMugu

My wife and I went up to Bakersfield this past weekend with my parents. My parents were visiting from Florida, and since they are interested in fossils too we all went to Ernst Quarries on Friday, Nov 10.

 

This was my parents' first time digging for ancient shark teeth so they struggled to find teeth at first. My mom is in her late 60's with arthritis and she didn't do any hunting even though we paid for her to go in the premium area. She did some sifting through the tailings, but really spent most of her time socializing with the other diggers, found out about their lives, what they did for work, etc. Then she would come back, tell us some old stories and entertained us while we hunted for teeth.

 

I found some nice teeth, mostly mako's, but also walked around, checked out some other areas. My wife on the other hand picked a spot, and sat there hammering and chiselling away the whole morning, on the same spot.  Shortly after noon, we were all hunting for teeth quietly. All of a sudden my wife, calm but in a rapid voice, said "Jesse". There was this restrained excitement in her voice, "check this out" she said. I jumped out from my hole immediately and let out a nervous chuckle. My mom perked up and asked "What is it?"

I had not seen it yet but with some resignation I told her, "she found a meg." And indeed she had. My wife, hammering and chiselling away big chunks of layer at a time, had uncovered the tip of a meg. A whole chunk of layer had fallen out, and right there in the center of it was this fat tip, half an inch long, sticking out, serrated on both sides. We were elated.

 

Every since we started digging for shark teeth 2 years ago, we have gone to Bakersfield at least 30 separate times, sometimes digging for 2 and 3 days at a time. We have moved at least 100 tons of dirt with a shovel. When I go digging, all I want is to find a meg. I have found chunks of 3 different megs, a half tooth here, a 1 inch piece there. Earlier this year my wife found a small meg, ~2.5 inches with part of the root missing. But we have never found a big Meg, let alone intact. Now my wife steps away from her spot, hands me a small brush and asks me to uncover it.

 

After the initial shock and excitement of finding that serrated tip sticking out, the real drama begins. Your heart is racing, all kinds of thoughts flash through your mind: Is it whole? Oh please let it be whole, does it have a root? You are so excited, you want to get it out as soon as you can, but you don't want to damage it by accident, so you take all this extra care, which takes more time, and in turn makes you even more anxious and desperate. The people around you, watching you brush it off, are also excited and anxious.

 

Finally, the tooth brakes free! It is whole! I pick it up with my gloved hands and my first thought is how heavy it is. Can't believe I am finally holding one. It looks great, I feel pure happiness. I got a meg everybody!

 

After the initially euphoria, we wrapped the meg in a towel and put it inside a box to take it home. We have been starring at it every night and every morning ever since. I still can't believe we found a meg. My wife thought that once we found a meg, my consuming obsession with fossil shark teeth would subside. But finding this meg has only stoked the fire, now I want to go dig even more and find more meg teeth!

 

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ynot

:meg::thumbsu:

Nice story, nice pictures and great tooth!!

Congratulations on the wonderful find!!

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Gizmo

Great Tooth, Congrats! :yay-smiley-1:

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Macrophyseter

A near-perfect, serrated 6 incher right on ernst quarries.... what a jackpot.

:meg::drool::yay-smiley-1::yay-smiley-1::drool::envy::drool::meg::hammer01::meg::meganim::wub::yay-smiley-1:

 

Too bad my parents have zero interest in fossils, and that internal house problems is holding me back from visiting ernst quarries myself.

 

 But still, once-in-a-lifetime tooth! Amazing find! :thumbsu:

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Ludwigia

That tooth certainly was well worth the 2 year wait. Experience shows that if you keep at it, then your efforts will be crowned with success at some point. But you never know when that point has arrived, so your description of your thoughts and feelings during extraction fit the experience to a tee. Congratulations on a fantastic find!

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Vieira

Congratulations. You found a amazing tooth :fistbump: 

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RJB

Nice tooth! 

 

RB

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Troodon

Always special when you find a quality tooth like you did and to have it be your first even better.  Nice story.

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Fossildude19

Excellent report and tooth!

Congratulations! 

Megs are not common there, but your persistence paid off.:D:fistbump:

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jcbshark

Absolutely gorgeous tooth, congrats!!!:fistbump:

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WhodamanHD

Incredible find! Congratulations on the epic meg!

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Calvin Jenkins

Great find & nice write up.  Was this at Slow Curve?  Good to hear others are also hunting there now, I was awful lonely during my Summer visit.

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JarrodB

A nice one on top of that. Congrats

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Peace river rat

I was feeling anxiety just reading the post and waiting to see the pics at the bottom! Awesome find! Spectacular!

 

Now, to find that one with my name on it!

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AshHendrick

I know that feeling after finding my first whole meg last December! BEST feeling ever and it wasn't nearly as pretty as yours - man that is a beauty!!! 

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Carl

Big congrats to your wife for finding a truly gorgeous tooth!

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King of Snarge

Awesome find with spectacular colors. My wife found our first meg tooth and to this day never lets me forget it. Even when I come back with a nice 5 inch tooth she replies, "Yeah but I found the first one.."

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belemniten

Stunning find ! Congrats :wub: 

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thelivingdead531

Beautiful tooth! I love the serrations on it and the color!

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JBMugu
7 hours ago, Calvin Jenkins said:

Great find & nice write up.  Was this at Slow Curve?  Good to hear others are also hunting there now, I was awful lonely during my Summer visit.

 Yes, this was at Slow Curve. Including our party, there were a total of 10 people digging the day we went.

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fossilselachian

Yes " your first giant Meg" but a real under statement!  You found your first giant Meg from  Sharktooth Hill!! An incredible find. Congratulations.

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Ropterus

Beautiful tooth and a great story! Congratulations!!

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