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Singing the Hole in the Left Boot Blues

I stood up from my desk the other day and declared "I'm going fossil hunting." Then I left and went fossil hunting. Its about a 10 minute walk from my house to my favorite spot, so I had some time to ponder the legalities of hunting fossils in Summerville and specifically how the spot I was walking towards would be affected. I have been hunting this spot for years, and now it seems that the anti-fossil movement is trying to harsh my mellow. I just couldn't understand why anyone would want to stop us from hunting here.

I entered the creek my thoughts turned serious - I could not let myself be emotionally distracted from the fossil hunt at hand. I was honing my craft for the upcoming Lee Creek collecting season. I concentrated my chi on serrated objects and cleared my mind of distractions. Almost immediately, I saw the effects of the previous night's rainfall. Small teeth abounded, and I scooped up everything sharp and pointy. The first bit of deep water revealed that my left boot had passed the waterproof stage of its life and would soon enter the next phase as landfill resident.

I approached my favorite part of the ditch when suddenly the reality of current events came raging back. I saw cavernous, gaping holes dug deep into the banks. I saw the results of reckless disregard for property and fossil hunting etiquette. Immediately I understood why the police have been issuing tickets to fossil hunters. I took some pictures to share, and I'm sure most rational people will agree that this is the root of the problem. Why wouldn't the government step in to curb this kind of criminal behavior?

I consoled myself by telling myself that there was nothing wrong with responsible collecting. No one could stop me from walking through this ditch and picking up rocks... Yet. I continued to pick up fossil shark teeth in great numbers and soon forgot about the predicament. On the way out of the creek, I found a fossilized deer molar in really great shape.

Still through the whole hunt, I didn't find anything really large. I blamed the large amount of sediment in the bottom of the stream. I was happy with the deer molar, though, so I walked with a smile. Then, I spied a place where some utility work had been completed and there were a few little pieces of gravel laying around. I jumped down into the little ditch and saw a pretty big tooth laying just a few feet away, completely exposed. It's 2 3/4 inches long and in really nice condition. I haven't found anything that large in a while!

Location Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

ID3221
Memberdw
Date Added2/22/2009

Not a bad haul of fossils for a leisurely stroll through the ditch.
An extended area of damage - about 15 to 20 feet of gaping hole that will never produce fossils for responsible fossil hunters again.
Use the gallon sized flower pot on the right side of the photo as a point reference to see how big this hole is.
This giant hole has already collapsed on itself.
  

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Comments
Same issues up this way - 2/22/2009
Reviewer : Phatboy from
Total Rating : No Rating
Thats a shame that your spot got trashed man, we are having the same issues up my way. Some of my favorite spots are totally getting trashed by ignorant people digging big holes in the cliffs for no reason. We are having a huge issue with tresspassing as well around here. One of my favorite sites that my family has been collecting for well over thirty years has had people parking in random places in front of peoples houses and such to access the beach. The community is now in super lockdown mode and the person whom we have know for years has asked that we not park there until things cool down a little with the community. I now ensure that i have my cell phone with me at all times on the beach and i have each countys sherrifs department number in my phone so i can call and have these people arrested. It's time that all fossil hunters when encountering these stupid people have them arrested otherwise the issue will only get worse and we will all loose the ability to collect fossils.
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- 2/22/2009
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
I love that Angy. Ever consider digging in your yard? Good excuse for an inground pool! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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hemipristus - 2/22/2009
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
I like those hemi's, they have such a cool look to them. I havnt found any up this way unfortunately. Maybe I should take a weekend and mosey down to SC sometime and look around. But of course using common sense, good judgement and collectors etiquette. I wonder why people thought it would be ok digging into the bank like that. I have seen wholes in creek banks evident of people digging up here but not on that level. I'll be sure to talk to anyone I see doing that kind of thing. Is not that hard to stick to the gravel and sand in the creekbed, leave the banks for nature to take it's course. Good hunting! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 2/23/2009
Reviewer : brachiomyback from
Total Rating : 10
Enjoyed the read!!! ...surprised you did have / post a ground shot on the Angy... Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Great find - 2/23/2009
Reviewer : Megalodon843 from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
Such a great find and I'm sorry to hear about your site being trashed. There's always someone out there that likes to ruin it for the rest of us responsible fossil hunters. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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It is awful - 2/23/2009
Reviewer : sharkdentist from
Total Rating : 10
I have seen the same over the last few months in my areas that I have found to hunt I caught two guys from Florida digging in the bank and almost got in a fist fight with them over it they told me they were from out of town and will do what they wanted two. I working in lawenforcement called summerville pd who escorted them out the ditch and issued them tresspass warnings these are the people who are makeing the waves for everyone Take this as a warning to everyone if I catch you doing the wrong thing prepair to suffer the consequences- nice finds ditchweezil Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 2/24/2009
Reviewer : beachbum from
Total Rating : 10
Nice finds DW. It's to bad about your spot,but it's good to see that Summerville is cracking down on the ones that are ruining it for the rest of us. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 2/27/2009
Reviewer : Ronbo from
Total Rating : No Rating
Seems like I read a post on here back in January where a few members of this forum were digging in a hole in a secret spot in Summerville...I cant find the post must be archived somewhere... They talked about bailing the water out of the hole and then digging Darn I wish I could find it Oh well we have seen the enemy and the enemy is us.Iknow its a quote but I dont remember who said it
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