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Color Me Happy

Same story.  Heavy rain last night = I wake up early to hunt shark teeth

I never like the waking up early part, but I always like the hunting shark teeth part. As soon as I got to the creek I knew it was going to be a good day. I could tell the water got high from how bent over the weeds on the banks were. There was no part of the creek that would not have been rinsed by such a volume of water.

The deep parts were still cloudy, but for the most part I could see everywhere. Unfortunately, the bottom was mostly covered by sand. I never can predict when the sand will come, but it changes every time we get rain. The sand had to come from somewhere, and I am guessing it came from the banks. That's where I found my best tooth of the day, a beautifully colored angustidens from the "blue part". Even though its not the biggest tooth I've found this year, its definitely the prettiest.

The other finds for the day were ok, but none of them came close to the colorful angustidens tooth. A week after I found it, I still hadn't put it in the case yet because I kept picking it up to marvel at the remarkable colors. This was one of my favorite hunts this year!

Location Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Date Added9/8/2009


Lightning Streak Super Color Angustidens Shark Tooth
Lightning Streak Super Color Angustidens Shark Tooth

As I sit here with my mouth hanging open... - 9/8/2009
Reviewer : SharkDog from
Total Rating : 10
Wow! Going just after the rain is great... but if you go again a couple days later, maybe the bottom will have cleared up. A good place for one of those plexi-glass-bottomed buckets. I really want some beer now, and popcorn, to go with your videos! But what causes the 'lightning strike' marks? I picked up a little black Hemi near the Colonial Parkway in VA that is entirely covered by these marks. Content Quality : 10 of 10
Great to see the moment of discovery!

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

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- 9/8/2009
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
I want a crick like this so I can go hunting in it! I love the excitement and the alure of not knowing what's lying just up ahead. SD, those "lightening strike" marks are caused by ground penetrating lightening. Lightening hits an object on the surface, then travels along the path of least resistance, usually where the soil is moist/wet, and then zaps everything along its way...sorry, I couldn't resist. Maybe finnier, but someone once said they come from worms burrowing near the teeth? I like my answer better. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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lightning streaks - 9/8/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
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actually there are a couple of ways those lightning streaks happen. One way is tree roots. As the roots leech minerals from the tooth, it becomes lighter in color than the surrounding areas. Over the years you get a lightning color. Another way a tooth can get the lightning pattern is through re-mineralization. A tooth fossilizes, then is re-eroded and redeposited in another type of sediment with a different composition than where the original fossilization occurred.
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