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The day of the fluke

With the apparent lack of any worthwhile place to dig, I visited a spot that I haven't hunted in well over 3 years. I quit hunting it because there has just always been someplace better! Its an old, overgrown ditch with relatively nothing in the way of complete fossils. I mean seriously, I have never found a complete shark tooth over an inch and a half in length at this spot. Well, I figured that no one else gave this spot a second thought either, so in 3 years of hurricanes, tropical storms, thunderstorms, etc., that this place was due for a hunt. Well, after about 2 hours worth of walking the creekbed and finding 0 fossils (apparently I was not the only one who thought this spot was worth a hunt), I was about to turn around and head back to my truck with my head hung low in defeat when I spotted a bone sticking out of the wall from under some leaves collected on the base of the creek. That means layer! I cleared away the leaves and i found an area about 3 feet long, 1 foot wide and 6 inches deep along the bottom and edge that was freshly exposed and root free! In about 30 minutes I had dug out the area with heretofore unheardof results, for this ditch. From the top of the food chain of species represented by fossils I collected today is a killer megalodon tooth. I also found 4 Carcharocles angustidens, all broken, 4 mako (Isurus hastalis), 1 whole, 3 broken, 2 Great White teeth (Carcharodon carcharias), both damaged, 5 requiem(Carcharinus sp.) shark teeth, all damaged, 2 snaggletooth shark teeth (hemipristis serra), both damaged, 1 sand tiger tooth (carcharias taurus), complete, 1 horse tooth (equus complicatus), nearly complete, and one nearly complete whale tooth, (squalodon atlanticus). I'm not normally so precise with my reporting but I just wanted to illustrate the bounty I found in this small area of Hawthorne formation and to prove that the possibility exists anywhere around here to find something fantastic, even in the seemingly lousiest of spots!
Location Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

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Date Added2/19/2005

  

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