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Fossil divers do it in the mud... or rocks... or sand... pretty much anywhere there's teeth. The point is, we crawl over a lot of stuff in the course of a dive. This weekend I was doing the normal thing looking for teeth while tyring to appear unappetizing to any passing sharks or gators when something scrunched under my right kneepad. I crawl over about a million and five rocks each dive, and usually ignore stuff like this, but that little fossil angel that straddles my tank said, "Better check that one out."

 

So I did, and doggone it, that was a tooth down there! 3.9" fresh out of the clay. Thank you sir, I'll have another!

(It looks bigger than 3.9" because I have tiny hands)

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Paleoworld-101

Awesome find! Such a beautiful tooth. 

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Sweet tooth! Congratulations on the wonderful find.

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Great tooth!

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Fossildude19

:wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: 

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Looks nice, are you sure your girly hands can handle it?

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MeargleSchmeargl

Finger-lickin' good! Nice Meg! Hopefully I'll have one from Summerville next week!

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9 hours ago, caldigger said:

Looks nice, are you sure your girly hands can handle it?

It's a close one. 

 

I actually did almost lose this tooth.  I usually put the nice ones in my wetsuit for safekeeping. This dive, I was just wearing a rash guard.  At the end of the dive, it had migrated almost out the bottom. 

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Very nice,congrats

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Diving in water with sharks and gators.  Not for me!  Too spooky!  but very nice tooth fella.

 

RB

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:wub:

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Great specimen!:envy:

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Nice one. As Jeff's signature line so fittingly observes:

 

Every once in a great while it's not just a big rock down there!

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Shellseeker

Excellent find,  a few barnacles here or there and a bite mark from an ancient feeding frenzy.  I would love to find one exactly like it.

Just how do you make yourself unappetizing to large predators???  pink polka dot dive boots with chartreuse wetsuit?  I have to consider my local fauna -- more gator than sharks.   Jack

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6 hours ago, Shellseeker said:

Excellent find,  a few barnacles here or there and a bite mark from an ancient feeding frenzy.  I would love to find one exactly like it.

Just how do you make yourself unappetizing to large predators???  pink polka dot dive boots with chartreuse wetsuit?  I have to consider my local fauna -- more gator than sharks.   Jack

 

I drink a ton of gatorade between dives and pee in my wetsuit almost continually. 

 

More sharks than gators where I dive and that's the way I like it. Gators are about 5x scarier to me.

 

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Wetsuit warming has never kept sharks at bay in my experience. Proper hydration is highly indicated in reducing the risk of decompression sickness so I heartily encourage the practice (and participate in it when I have the opportunity). There are two kinds of people in this world--those that pee in their wetsuits and those who lie about it.

 

Actually, the increased pressure underwater artificially increases the blood pressure which the kidneys interpret as an excess of blood volume and they retaliate by increasing their diuretic actions to minimize blood volume resulting in the urge to put the wet in wetsuit.

 

Additionally, I'm also more comfortable with sharks and I too am more comfortable diving in swarms of sharks than with a single gator. If I had more experience with the scaly ones I'd probably come to respect them with less of a sense of alarm but for now I'll choose to dive with a bevy of sharks over a single gator longer than I.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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