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Arctic Angustidens

I can't get enough fossil hunting. I really can't. I try going more often but it just results in my wanting to go more. The weather is getting cooler now and so is the river. Today as soon as I hit the water a cold jolt shot through me like an megalodon attack at the north pole.  Normally I get used to the chill pretty quickly but I never shook it all day. But I didn't care! I hadn't found a really nice keeper tooth in the river this season and I was on a bend that I had not hunted in almost 2 years. The excitement drove me against the chilly, rushing current. For almost two hours I fanned the sand looking for fossils washing directly out of the layer. I found a piece of a large piece of turtle shell, soon followed by a whale skull. I didn't even try to remove it. 5 times that effort has ended badly in the river. I filmed it and moved on. I gathered some samples of the layer for t$ and took some pictures. Then I started swimming the bank, scanning for teeth freshly eroded. When we first found this spot there were fossils everywhere. But over the years we cleaned them out. The river always changes and the fossils are replenished, and since it had been so long since my last scan of the bank I was hopeful that I would come away with a nice tooth or two. I swam past a log jam and noticed a big triangle laying motionless at the bottom of the river. It was obviously a big tooth and I grinned underwater. I saw that it had a dinged tip, but it was still a big tooth. It made me realize that there were teeth on the bank so I should really pay close attention. I swam up a little and noticed an even larger triangle buried in the sand. At first it looked like a bottle, but having just found a big tooth I examined it a little closer. TOOTH! It's hard to chant "Please be whole" through a regulator, but I uttered something close and fired up the camera. I have been waiting for a long time to film the extraction of such a specimen - I was really hoping it would be whole!

 With a flip of my glove, I started fanning. Each time the sand and gravel moved revealed more enamel, more root. Once I was sure it wasn't attached to the underlying formation, I picked it up and turned it over in my had. First I checked the tip - that's the part that's almost always missing. It was there! Next I checked the cusps, both also present. finally I examined the root. CHECK! I held in my hand a massive angustidens tooth that appeared to be complete from root to tip. I couldn't tell if the bourlette was there because the tooth was so encrusted with algae and river crust, but it was complete enough for me to swim back to the boat and put the tooth somewhere safe while I completed my dive.

Location Colleton County, South Carolina, USA

ID3508
Memberdw
Date Added10/6/2009

That chunk on the bottom left of the photo is a piece of coprolite - fossil poop.
  

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Comments
that looks amazing - 10/6/2009
Reviewer : sggdlg from
Total Rating : 10
I always wanted to learn to dive. This hobby might just put me over the edge. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 10/7/2009
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Shaazzaamm! That's a nice tooth! I love the cusps the best - they really make the tooth and give it it's character. Thanks for posting picks of the blast cabinet etc. It looks like fun stuff. I'm guessing the glass beads have the diameter of sand or something? Content Quality : 10 of 10

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glass beads - 10/7/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : No Rating
they are extremely fine like baking soda
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- 10/7/2009
Reviewer : Chris from
Total Rating : 10
What a GEM of a tooth...grats on a great find!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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super Angy - 10/8/2009
Reviewer : svillej from Pennsylvania United States
Total Rating : 10
Great tooth--dw. aeromike and I will be in the Edisto on Saturday. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Thats a Killer Angy ! - 10/8/2009
Reviewer : Greg from
Total Rating : 10
Thats the Angy we all hope we find... Content Quality : 10 of 10

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OMGosh! - 10/9/2009
Reviewer : AeroMike from
Total Rating : 10
DW, that is absolutely stunning. I sure we can do half as good as you have been doing lately. One question, why those type of gloves? have you tried Mechanics gloves? It just seems the gloves you are wearing would be a little cumbersome after a while. Monday is my 40th B-day and I want a really nice angy b-day gift LOL shoot, who am I kidding, I'll even take a piece of coprolite, LOL Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Why the big bulky gloves? - 10/9/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : No Rating
Thanks aeromike, and happy bday! The reason I wear the big bulky gloves is because when I fan the sand with them, I move more water. Smaller gloves would be just as good to protect against glass but I have to work harder while fanning. And when your looking for big teeth in areas that have been hunted, you have to move a lot of sand to be successful.
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answer on the gloves - 10/10/2009
Reviewer : AeroMike from
Total Rating : 10
Okay, that would make sense. I am rather new to the whole diving thing and the first time I went, I scraped up my hands and got a cut. Then I started wearing the mech. gloves and another pair of tight fitting gloves with a coating on the palm and fingers. I was going to say if you needed a pair of mech. gloves I have extra I get. BTW, my first line should have read "I sure HOPE we can do half as good as you..." Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with us the video's. I showed my wife one of your video's so she can get an understanding of what it is like to dive in the Edisto. Last time I was there, I found a really nice Coca Cola bottle with "Walterboro, SC on the bottom and some nice petrified wood. Thanks again, Content Quality : 10 of 10

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answer on the gloves - 10/10/2009
Reviewer : AeroMike from
Total Rating : 10
Okay, that would make sense. I am rather new to the whole diving thing and the first time I went, I scraped up my hands and got a cut. Then I started wearing the mech. gloves and another pair of tight fitting gloves with a coating on the palm and fingers. I was going to say if you needed a pair of mech. gloves I have extra I get. BTW, my first line should have read "I sure HOPE we can do half as good as you..." Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing with us the video's. I showed my wife one of your video's so she can get an understanding of what it is like to dive in the Edisto. Last time I was there, I found a really nice Coca Cola bottle with "Walterboro, SC on the bottom and some nice petrified wood. Thanks again, Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Another Fanning Option - 10/10/2009
Reviewer : Naturmon from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 8.667
Have you ever tried a ping pong paddle for fanning?........you can really move quite alot of sediment with one.........I've had great success using one for fossils and artifacts.......keep up the good work! Content Quality : 9 of 10

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Ping Pong Paddle - 10/10/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
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I have tried one of those and you're very right, they do move a lot of sand but I still prefer the oversized glove for a couple of reasons - first I made the mistake of taking a wooden paddle that floated so I almost lost it every time I had to put it down. second, the repeated motion of using the paddle gave me intense pain and swelling in my wrist after the dive. third, i like to travel light and take as little gear with me as possible on the bottom.
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enjoyed the views - 10/10/2009
Reviewer : ECUDIscGolf from
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Hey, Im a fellow collector and have enjoyed watching your videos over the past year or so. I am pretty new to the hobby and was wondering how deep you are diving to find these beauties? I only go into GMR in Greenville, NC and Aurora. So I guess I was just curious.
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river depth - 10/11/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
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the edisto is not like the cooper which is deep all the time. it varies greatly in depth by location and by season. some of the spots we dive are deep all the time (7 feet or more) while others vary from about 5 feet to 10 feet depending on the river stage.
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