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A birthday dig in solitude

I took the day off today for my birthday dig. Since it fell on a weekday, there was no one else to go with me, so I had to hunt in solitude. Its all good though, because to get to superpit, I had to carry along the mountain bike. Its down several miles of muddy, country roads, and there's no way I could get my truck back there. It was a gorgeous day - 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Plus, there was a slight breeze so I barely got hot on the ride. But, riding a bike with big boots on was no picnic. By the time I got to the pit, my legs were aching. No matter, because it was time to hunt TEETH! There were no footprints around, so I decided to walk around and pick up all the easy stuff first. It wasn't Candyland, but there was a fair amount there for the taking. After that, I decided to scope out a spot to dig. This place has a gigantic area open for digging. All you have to do is scoop off the top foot or so of dirt to hit the layer. Its not a thick layer nor is it overly rocky like the spots I'm used to closer to my house, but there are fossils here. I ended up digging out an area about 4 feet in diameter, 2 feet deep. I found several teeth, including a shamer meg and a two nice makos, but my back was killing me so I decided that it was time to go. On the way out, I decided to take a stab at the mud that covers the area that was most freshly dug. I probed around a little and found a pocket of rocks, and my first shovel full contained a meg! What luck! Its a nice one, too. It was VERY soft, though, and my shovel scraped down the left side taking off the serrations, but other than that, it was whole. I put it inside my gloves to protect it on the long ride back. And lemme tell ya, the ride back was shorter than the ride there because I knew I had something to show for it. The birthday dig ended in success!

Location Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

Date Added3/10/2003

It’s a nice haul for 2 1/2 hours of hunting. I dug up the two megs at top left, and I found the other two walking. Those two great whites on the left of the second row are SHAMERS!
This was the last tooth of the day. I was about to give up digging and go home, but I walked over an area where the layer was under about 2 inches of mud. I picked at it and this was the first thing that popped out. What luck! My shovel scraped off al little enamel on the left side serrations because the tooth was so brittle in the ground. Its not very noticible though, and the tooth has such great color otherwise.

2" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
2" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
1 3/8" Pathologic Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
1 3/8" Pathologic Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth





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