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Spring trip to Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This trip is from March 20 to March 30 2008. Sharkdentist was ready to go and the spring fossil frenzy began. We were in an area of the creek that was under 2 feet of sand in January but exposed 3 months later. I don't  think we moved 10 yards in 3 days there. Sometimes you just get lucky. The super stars of the week were, the 14 1/2" Dugong rib, a pair of 4" Megs and a 3" Angy. Lots of other teeth,verts and whale bones.
Summerville area after dinner hunt.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My wife and myself went out to eat in summerville and after dinner we went for a walk around one of my favorite ditches in summerville after all the storms this past week I was able to pick up two decent angy's about 1 1/2 inches laying on the bottom of the ditch a mako blade and a marble that looks as it has been in the ditch a long time....
Birthday week leads to several hunts   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well my birthday week has come and gone and left me with nice teeth and fun times. Ozzyrules from NorthCarolina was down to do some hunting in the lowcountry with myself. This week had us hunting up a strom from North Carolina, Summerville, and Edisto river. The following pics were taken of some of the teeth that was found in the chandler bridge formation in summerville. Stay tuned for pics from North Carolina hunt and Edisto river hunt....
Finding the elusive Hexanchus agassizi   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This was another fun Lafarge hunt. I took my little brother and we were ready to find some teeth. Through out the day as I hunted I met a few nice people that are fans of BRFC which is always awesome! I did run into da fossz in the quarry and witnessed the ground shot of a nice ric that he found. It wasn’t long until I would bag a nice small ric of my own.

 

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Half Racked   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today was the first day of a weekend in the lowcountry to rack some fossils. DW called me up on Thursday with bad news; he had been overcome by the flu. DW had to be sick to not fossil hunt; but I know he will be back.

 

Summerville hunt to end the day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well after the Lafarge hunt myself and one of my fossil hunting buddies decided to hunt in summerville area for a few hours. Well after being really tired from the early wake up time for the morning hunt and the heat I pressed on and as you can see from the pics the finds were good. A 2 3/4 inch great white some petrified wood maybe a porpoise rib and several small stuff great way to end the day....
Lafarge trip slow start.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well the Lafarge hunt has come and gone the weather was hot but that did not stop the Ric's from being found. Toothhoover meet me at my place on the edisto river at 6:00 am to head to the hunt. During the course of the day I was able to meet another black river fossil member ozzyrules242 and asked him how his luck was and he had 3 rick's in the bag already. As I pressed on still no Ric for myself yet. Around the last hour of the hunt I was able to score one Ric on the way back to the truck that ...
fossiling 4th of July by svillej   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I split time between Summerville and Downingtown,Pa. and was in the lowcountry from June 26 to July 6. It didn't take long to get together with sharkdentist for a few days of digging. The first basket produced a beautiful 2 5/8" Angy. The good luck continued with another 1 1/2" and a 1 5/8" parotodus benedeni. 3 whale verts and a small double root squalodon tooth were added later in the week. Two other good finds were a land tortoise vert and a...
Sorry, here are the pics from new area Angy post.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The pics from the new area Angy post are here Sorry for the inconvenience....
new area in summerville leads to nice angy's   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well after July 4th hunt I thought it just could not get any better. Saturday hunt proved me wrong. I awoke to find myself rather sick with my sinuses and a terrible headache. I called my buddy to let him know I was running a little late due to being sick, and I do not know how long I would be able to stay out and hunt. Man am I glade I pushed myself and went out to hunt as you can see from the pics I was able to score (2) perfect Angy's that measured in at 2 inches, a Mako that measured in at 2...
Got to love the chandler 'colors'.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was able to get some time off work this weekend to hunt some fossils. My buddy was down from pennsylvania. So we meet up early on July 4th around 8am to do some hunting in the chandler bridge formation. I was able to score a Meg that measured in at 3 1/2 inches. At this point I was on that top or the world feeling. A little longer in the hunt I was so lucky to find my most awesome colored Angy to date in my collection, the Angy as you can see in the picture has a complete white root and caram...
Hot weekend in Summerville.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This weekend my wife and myself came down to Summerville from Aiken SC to have dinner at one of my favorite steak houses with my sister and her family who lives in Summerville. My wife does not mind coming down this allows her to relax at our river house on the Edisto in Colleton County. I had planned to fossil hunt some this weekend but the weather was just so hot I choose to relax around the river instead. This seemed to suit my wife this allowed us to work on baby names were are expecting ar...
Paleo Sprints   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I have been hunting a lot lately, but not posting very much because there just isn't much to post. I've been going to Dutch creek 3 or 4 times per week for about 2 or 3 hours per outing. I push myself and sift as hard as I can. Call it Paleo-Sprinting if you will. Its just long enough for me to get all stank and find a few teeth. Most days I don't find but a handful of punies, but sometimes a few nice ones shine above the rest.

This particular post is the su...

new spot turns up awesome colors.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A new spot turns up awesome colors and some cool finds. Today's hunt was a treat for me a local fossil hunter took me out and showed me that there is other ways to collect teeth other than getting wet. ha ha ha. Check out the colors on these teeth. Today turned up some pretty cool finds and a first for me. As you can see from the pics 3 hammerheads, a couple of tigers and one meg that measured in at a little over 2 inches along with one whale vert. The find of the day for me was the Eagle Ray p...
A six inch meg in summerville?   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The time I have been waiting for finely came the time off from work and some fossil hunting in summerville. As you can see from the pics a meg that messured in at a little over six inches. Two other megs 2 1/2 inches and another at 3 inches. I was very surprised to find a angy in the sifter that messured in at 2 3/4 inches. and just when I thought the day could not get any better I was able to score not one but two benedeni's. Please enjoy the pics as you can see There was alot of other stuff t...
A Hot trip to Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well I had a day off finally so I decided to head to Summerville and dig at one of my spots before the rain hit. After about 30 minutes in the 95 degree heat and 100 percent humidity I had had enough. I guess I'm not 25 anymore.. The good news is in that 30 minutes of digging I did find a 1-11/16ths inch mako and it is ORANGE with a black tip. The first Orange one I have found ! I also noticed a little seagull design on the display side which makes it even cooler....
Return to Dutch Creek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Taking my Dutch friends hunting last week reminded me how good  fossil hunting in South Carolina really is. I can hunt whenever I want in an awesome location and its only a few minutes from my house. Yesterday I took my sifter and shovel down to Dutch creek for some exercise on a cool, beautiful, spring morning. The first spot I tried was next to where the weEzlinG scored his superhero angustidens last week, but apparently he worked the gravel there so I didn't find much. I moved about ...
After the rains...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
When it rained today I went into toothn mode and headed out the door. I arrived at one of my favorite spots in Summerville and the teeth were just waiting to be picked up. I found a total of three perfect Angys which made my day. I spotted the 2-1/4 inch laying out almost fully exposed in the sun within 5 feet of two other fully serrated ones. When it rains it pours !...
Heavy rains makes easy pickings   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After heavy rains in summerville the teeth were easy to come by just laying in the bottom of the ditch fuly exposed. As you can see from the pics it was a decent day. The daily finds were a 2 inch whale tooth, a perfect angustiden a little under 2 inches, and a mako that messured in at 2 inches. Check out the other stuff in the pics whale bones broke megs and a milk bottle from the early 1900's The best part is I did not have alot of time to hunt and I did not have to sift not one basket the ra...
The Luck of the Dutch   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This past week, I've been hunting with the Dutch guys on their vacation. I couldn't stay with them all day long, but I tried to hunt with them some everyday. During that time, I saw many awesome finds and enjoyed watching my new friends dance with joy over some of the spectactular fossils they found. On their last day fossil hunting, I snagged the weezling out of school so he could meet my guests who had come from so far away. I hoped he would gain learn something from the school of lif...

Scouring the Fields   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This is a trip from a few weeks ago. At this site a small pond was recently dug and finished. I wasn’t the first one on the site and someone had already walked the edges of the pond, but they did not walk the fields. The fossil layers from the pond were spread out on to the fields for easy pickings. The best thing I found was a sweet retroflexus mako shark tooth!

Pre-Creek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

As I sit in my hotel room, I can hardly wait to hunt Lee Creek tomorrow morning with Bullshark and a few more friends all the way from The Netherlands! Anyway, I was just looking at photos and I realized that I have a post from February that I never made. So now I have something fossil related to do while I wait to do more fossil related things tomorrow.

This trip was from an old location. Its not very productive, but a...

Lafarge in April   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The day started off crappy for me but not for my wife.  As we were about the 3rd or 4th people in I headed to the hills since they have had some good weathering and she stayed towards the bottom of them.  It only took about 10 minutes into the hunt before I here her screaming that she found a huge tooth.  It took me a couple of minutes to get down to her to see that she found a 3+ inch beautiful Auriculatus.&am...

Lafarge....always a lot of fun !   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well I woke up early on Saturday looking forward to another trip to Lafarge. I have seen a lot of nice stuff come out of there in the past and was hoping for a good size Ric this time. Well I arrived there before 7am and parked my car in the usual caravan of vehicles. I noticed many out of state license plates and am always amazed at the distances people travel to hunt there. Glad I'm a local !! Anyway the hunt was on moments later and a few minutes into the hunt I spotted a nice size left root ...
Lafarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This past Saturday was the Lafarge hunt. I was lucky enough to meet some very nice people and see a couple of big RIC'S come out the mine that were about 3 inches. As you can see from the pics I was able to score a couple of RIC'S one which was broken and one that messured in at 2 3/4 inches. Also was able to score a whale disk that was broken but still a nice find that is in the top of the picture. In the picture is also a whale bone that has some nice bite marks on it more than likely from a ...
another fun day in summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My sister brought my nephew out for some fossil hunting today. We could not have asked for any better weather sunny and in the 80's. And as you see from the pics it does not hurt to come home with somw nice teeth. Til next time have a good day....
Garbage Collection Day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The spring rains have been doing good things for our favorite creek, unlike the residents. The weezling and I started finding teeth right away. The water level got really high and really moved around some gravel to expose some teeth for us. In one newer washout I found two shamer angustidens. Both would have been superb if not for horrendous feeding damage. Down at the end of the ditch I spied a complete great white completely exposed. I could tell it was worn, but the root is whole and...

angustidens not one but a handfull   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My wife wanted to go shopping in summerville on one of my not to many weekends off this past march. She tells me if i take her shopping we can stop and fossil hunt on the way home a few hours. I am glade I took her up on this offer. From the pics you can see that in about two hours of fossil hunting I was able to retrieve not one but six angustidens teeth and one mako calico colored which messured in at 2 1/4 inches. The bottle in the picture was bonus prize a late 1800's cobalt blue medicine b...
awesome 2   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
the pictures did not come in here they are....
awesome day in summerville!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This is the best day i have ever had collecting fossils. As you can see from the pictures there is a big black tooth this is from a gomphothere a animal that pre dates the mastadon and wooly mammouth. The megs were found the same day also the broke one messured in at 5 1/2 inches and the whole meg was found in the same basket as the gomphothere tooth that i was sifting and messured in at 3 1/2 inches. I was told that the gomphothere tooth is a rare find. This animal had four tusk and lived in sw...
Aurora Plan B   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

As my kids get older, I see time spent fossil hunting getting shorter and shorter due to all the activities they get involved with. I love spending time with my kids, but with coaching all the games and practices coupled with my wife working every other weekend, my hunting time is really taking a beating. Well if I can’t spend a good quantity of hours collecting, I need to rely on quality hours - and it doesn’t get much better than Aurora. I was lucky enoug...

Down in a Hole with the Weezil's   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This is a trip from a few weeks ago. I met up with Weez and his boys who were already digging away at the spot. It was a great day with awesome cool weather, but I can’t say the same for the teeth. Every shark tooth seemed to be thrashed at this spot and incomplete, but it was nice to be finding a good bit of quantity for digging.

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Down in a Hole   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Fossil hunting has been slow lately in Summerville. All the sites that were productive over the past few years have been completed. The new sites are moved away from areas where the fossil layers are close enough to the surface for us to reach them so they are a bust, too. When it rains we have ditch sites, but they just can't compare to digging for giant megalodon teeth!

When I found a few spot I got excited. Then when I actually got permission from the land owner t...

The Post of Christmas Present   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today as I was cleaning the fossils from my latest shark tooth hunt at the yellow ditch, I looked upon the masses of teeth with whimsy and I wondered what it would be like if I weren't there to pick them up?

Only briefly could I bear to think of the sadness of these rocks with no one to appreciate them as they sat and slowly weathered away to nothingness in the dingy recesses of the creek. Rampant pollution of the waterway and prolonged exposure to the toxin...

The Payoff of Perserverance   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It has been a while since hunting has been this sparse. The construction that I relied on for so long to dig deep holes for me is gone to areas where the fossils are deep or non existant. I have been relying on old spots to bring satiety to my hunting drive. Usually, the digs are more of a workout than actual fossil digs, but I knew that eventually my persistence would pay off and today it finally did. I hit a pocket of thick gravel when I spied the big blade of a megalodon. I carefully scraped ...
The Skunking Grounds   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I have been hunting a lot, even though I haven't been posting a lot. This is the sum of 5 hunts - about 15 hours of digging. I've known about this spot for a while, but the layer is so deep and the digging is so hard that I haven't hunted it for years. But I'm in famine mode now, so its back to the old spots.

The good thing about this place is the colors on the teeth - they are amazing!Plus there are big teeth there, but then comes...

Meg!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

DW called me and asked me if I wanted to do some hunting today. I of course was all for some hunting. I haven’t really hunted much since the past trip to Aurora. We decided to hit some old spots that we haven’t been to in awhile. Th...

Sometimes the Path Is Easy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We had a quick rain shower the other day so I drove down to my favorite ditch after I dropped the weEzlinG off at school. There weren't any footprints so I knew I had a chance at something good. About halfway through the hunt I spied a reef shark tooth fully exposed in the bottom of the ditch. Sweet. Its nice to rack when there is still more ditch to scour.

This place is hit or miss, but its better where the oligocene formations are exposed so they can erode so the b...

First trip to Larfarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This was the first trip to Lafarge for both my wife and I.  We thought we wouldnt find that much when we first got into the pitt.  And it pretty much went like that until the last 45 min.  She found here first ric, its a little beat up but not bad for the first time.  Then when we were just about to give up and were starting our way back I found a little hole that someone was digging in ealier and to my surprise sitting right on top ...

Digging in the Muck of Riches   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I called up DW earlier in the week to see if he wanted to do some collecting. I arrived at his pad on time today! The first place we checked out was void of fossils. Then we headed back to an old trusty spot that we both knew had potential. This is probably my favorite spot to dig because when it comes to finding teeth with a combination of about a hundred different colors. This is the spot that never fails to produce them. It’s not ...

The End of a Long Megalodon Drought   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

t$ called me a week ago to see if I wanted to go do some fossil hunting and we made plans to check out a new spot and if it wasn't good, to revisit an old spot. Not wanting to be publically thrashed for collecting tardiness, he showed up exactly on time and we were off to the new spot.

New spots are always tricky. You never know if there will be digging, and if there is, whether it will be deep enough, and finally whether there is any good layer. The new spot failed...

September Tropics Update   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Like clockwork, the dry season has ended and the rainy season has started. The lowcountry of SC gets all kinds of rain this time of year, and even though it kills diving, it makes land collecting great. This hunt is from the beginning of the month, after the first really big rainfall.

I dropped the weezling off at school and he reluctantly got out of the truck because he knew where I was going. I loaded up on the bug spray because the mosquitos are the wors...

By Land and By Water   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Day 1 PM and day 2 entailed myself and DW exploring the lowcountry for new sites after the exercusion with PB. Well, we went to three old spots and one new one. This was a strange two days. At the first two old spots the teeth were limited despite downpors; DW got one keeper angy. I ended up with a decent arrowpoint, except for a dinged tip. The third old spot was the Edisto River. DW racked in two nice points and one is a superhero. I found my own keeper: my second ever Olig...

A Evening on the Town   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

After the big Williamsburg trip, we hit Moe’s to celebrate the hunt. While there, we surmised that it might be a good time to check out a rumor about an old site with all the rain during the day. With the blessing of my wife, we were off to hunt the evening away.

We arrived to a freshly dug pond without footprints. I cannot describe how fantastic that feeling is! The prospect of big megalodon teeth just lying out in the open made me smile. We walked piles, fields, an...

Someone else knows   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We had a big rainstorm yesterday on the way home from our collecting in Williamsburg county. The whole lowcountry got drenched, and that means good land collecting. Da fossz was down for the continuing RivrDigrFest 07 activities, but today, even though we celebrated the digr, we could not collect with him. We would be granted an audience the next day.

Our first stop was to the Yellow ditch. Our personal racking grounds, until recently anyway! We have been unchallenge...

A Tale of Two Pits   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

It was the worst of collecting, it was the best of collecting. OK, it was not a Dicken’s novel exactly, but it sure felt that way at LaFarge today. I spent the first few hours watching the other collectors rack in the fossils while I saw layer devoid of fossils. I met up with the PhatBoyz who had made a one-day journey from Maryland, and they were bagging teeth at a madding pace. Due to the large mass of collectors, the ne...

Back To Farming Rics Again!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

A few years ago when I first started going to the quarry I would find a whole auriculatus every trip, which was about three years ago. Yeah, I know it’s a long time to go without finding a descent whole auriculatus. This time my luck would change.

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RivrDigrFest 07 - Day 1 Lafarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The Fosslin' Floridian himself, rivrdigr, is living the dream fossil hunting in South Carolina non-stop for the next two weeks while he vacations. There will be diving galore, but today, the official first day of the fest was Lafarge day.

I ran into my fossil hunting friends pretty early in the day. I saw da fossz, rivrdigr and his new dive buddy, the phat boys (who racked!), and many other friends who I only see when their eyes are on the...

Black River Fossils: The Next Generation   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

These finds are from our last trip to the yellow ditch.

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A Second Chance To Dig First   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Just around the corner from my house there has been a building boom. Back in 2005 when the first retention pond was dug, we had a really good hunt where I found my first and only purple megalodon tooth and my son found his largest meg still to this date! We were the only ones to dig that pond, and we only got one day because it was finished and filled up so quickly.

Luckily for us, another lot of land was cleared and a little pond went in right next to the one from a...

The Spring Rains   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I'm back in the ditches now that the Spring rains have arrived with the beginning of summer. The weather is strange, but there's always somewhere to hunt teeth. Take the Yellow ditch, for instance. So named because most of the teeth that come from it are yellow, with the occasional white or blue / grey mixed in. When it rains hard, the ditch fills up and runs fast, but only for a few minutes. Its usually enough to uncover some nice ones, and this time was no exception....
Hilton Head Vacation Trip   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I just returned from a wonderful week of vacation with my family on Hilton Head Island.  We had great weather and good times,  plus my wife even let me go fossil hunting on a few occasions!  

I was told that Hilton Head was a relativly new island (geologically speaking!), but I still wanted to take a look in the mornings for teeth.  I managed to get out out twice, and...

Return to the Snake Infested Creek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well I got another day off and figured I hit a Nice Meg last time so why not see if my luck will continue. I gathered my fossil tools of the trade and I was off and headed to the creek where I encountered that huge slithery creature last time. I arrived anxious and ready to dig and proceeded to scout the area. The area had dried up since last time even with the showers we had last week. I looked over the area for snakes near where I had dug a few weeks before. None!! I then decided...Mmmm... why...
Finally Something Rare from the Home Creek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Rain has been scarce around the Lowcountry lately. It takes a quick heavy rain to wash out the creek close to my house enough to expose any new teeth. We got some rain and when I arrived I wasn't sure if it was enough to do any good. You can always tell because of the scum buildup in the bottom of the ditch. Thick scum = not enough rain to do any good. I shook my head and decided to give the creek a cursory look just in case. Sometimes, the sand moves just right and reveals something good and to...
Lafarge the 3rd Saturday of April   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After  the previous weeks screw up , I was hoping to go in and rack in the rics. I arrived pretty early at Lafarge but dw and t$ were already there .  Df  and brm showed up shortly there after. We headed in the mine a different direction this time to a new area. Everyone started searching the new area but I decided to hit the old area, I knew it had alot of rain the week before and no one was over there. I was the first one over to the old side , I thought for sure the...
Close Call!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Been hunting and have had some luck lately. Yesterday I was went up to the Summerville area to meet with fellow toothers at a spot which was considered "promising". Well I went out to meet up with them and couldn't find them. I searched for them for about 30 minutes and then decided to find my own spot and dig it myself. I found a small creek and just started digging. After digging roots and sand I hit some layer. Not great layer, but it was there. I proceded to dig the layer and start...
Maybe I'll sleep in a little longer next time.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I woke up at 5 am for this trip and I ended up being the first in line going into the pit! In the end it didn’t really matter if I was first or not. Just about everything I found today was junk or busted. It was good practice for the upcoming Aurora trip though. Untold riches await for the BRFC!     

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Auriculatus Sweep   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The second ‘07 hunt at LaFarge was set for this Saturday and boy was I primed. We had two good rains a few days before the dig so I envisioned my fossil bag laden with rics. I actually arrived on-time for the first time in about 5 years and the news was we could park near the active mining area. I shimmied out of my truck and hit the open pit to find nice overburden spread-out in a small area. All the collectors ransacked ...

Lafarge Fossil Hunt April 21, 2007   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I got up early Saturday morning to hunt Lafarge for teeth of the Eocene Giant White Shark Carcharocles auriculatus. Many other collectors had the same idea on what turned out to be a gorgeous SC spring day - sunny and 70 degrees. Fellow brfc'ers da fossz, t$, rivrdigr, and bigredmeg also made the trip to the limestone quarry to try their shovels. 

A heavy rain had just fallen two days prior, so the normally footprint dotted landscape was pristine for the pl...

A Spot with Potential - But that's it   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I found a new spot that was only open for 3 days. The crew was peeling off some clay and replacing it with sand to improve drainage in preparation to build a new building. They had to dig a little deeper on one side and they hit the layer. That was Thursday, and the kids and I showed up with only an hour of daylight. Friday, we were a bit more prepared and we arrived to find a large trench with layer exposed the whole way. We dug until dark with the intent to dig all weekend if necessar...

Am I a little early?   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well it was time again for my trip to Lafarge, I loaded up the truck with every possible fossiling tool in my possesion, dive gear , tanks , shovels screeens , I even brought my canoe. I was ready for any possible scenerio. I picked up my son early from school on Friday and we headed up to South Carolina. We checked in to the hotel and got a good nights rest, I wanted to get up early to be the first in line to get in Lafarge. We got up bright and early grabbed a quick breakfast and headed to the...
The Creek Geek   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The last time it rained in Summerville I stood at the window like a dog waiting for dinner. I didn't have a new land site to hunt, but my favorite ditch always produces after quick, heavy rains. The water level doesn't stay up long, either, so its usually ready to hunt just a few hours after the rain ends. My eyes were primed because of my recent training at Lee Creek so I was easily able to pick the teeth out against the surrounding gravel. I kept waiting for a superhero to be barely e...
Trip to the low country from Texas   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Took a trip to the Myrtle Beach area to escape from work a while, and had to do some toothing.  We hit the beach every morning finding several teeth waiting for us.  Between my wife and I, i bet we took about 500 teeth or so in about a week.  The best finds were some nice sand tigers, a nice tiger shark, and on the last day i was blessed by the fossil gods with 3 great whites, 1 inch to 1in 1/4.   We don't have teeth like these in texas.&...

The First Post on the New Black River Fossils Site   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Hi Everybody! I've been talking about the new site for almost 2 years, and its finally finished. This is the first post I've tried to make so forgive me if something seems amiss. But enough of the boring Web Site banter, its time to talk about the fossils.

This trip was from about a month ago. My kids and I got the low down on some new fossil hunting turf and this is the third time we hit it. There was some rain on Monday or Tuesday and we hit i...

Danke Haizahnjäger   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My first time at a new spot scoping out the layer after a heavy rain ended well. I hunted for about 3 hours, walking in and out of ditches, ravines, mud holes, pits, and roads produced quite a haul of fossil shark teeth. More importantly, I was able to see where the live digging was going on. That way I could go out and explore with a shovel, shoulder permitting. No need to dig today, though. The teeth were laying all over the place, but were well disguised. Lets call it Aurora practice. That pl...
Mr. Smith's Class Fossil Hunting Trip to Summerville, South Carolina   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Last Thursday, Mr. Smith and students from his middle school class came to the Summerville South Carolina to do some fossil hunting. I was planning on helping them out, but they had a last minute change and had to go on a different day than originally planned. Armed with maps from the ditchweezil archives, the students and their teacher braved the creek alone. I gave them a call to check on them, and it turns out they had just quit for lunch. We met up at Dorchester Creek (the location in the ma...
Fossil Hunting Doesn't Always Go My Way   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I must admit, I find some pretty cool fossils sometimes. The key there is sometimes. Other times, I come back with nothing really notable. This is a collection of those days......
Eagle Creeking with m4 and xiphodan   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Late last year, m4 and Xiphodan came to Summerville to do a little fossil hunting. The three of us went down to Eagle creek to do a little collecting. My house is pretty close to Eagle creek and I haven't explored this area since I moved in almost 2 years ago. The layer was sparse, but it was present along the whole stretch we hunted. We barely had to move any earth to get to the fossils but we only dug a couple of inches deep. It really wasn't worth serious excavation and the subsequent back fi...
The Disabled List   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I am in pure animal mode. I cannot resist the pull of the earth. Every so often while digging in the freshly exposed fossil deposits, I turn my arm the wrong way and I wince in pain. I should not have been there. I should have been home resting. But I know that each day that passes will see a reduced hunting area. I must hunt each day as if it were the last. Still, my productivity is down. I am moving less than half the earth I normally move but it is enough. I find a particularly rich vein. Roc...
Injured Reserve   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Another post from a few weeks ago - I took it easy Sunday because of the shoulder injury but when Monday rolled around, I knew that the crew did more work on the pond during the day. As soon as quitting time rolled around, the kids piled into the truck and we headed off to go hunting. We only had an hour to dig, but we made the most of it. It was a good thing we went because the day's work cut into some great new layer. I had to watch every shovel full so I could avoid further injury so I was on...
Pinch me   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This is another undescribed decapod from the Tupelo Bay Formation. I've found over a dozen of them over the years ranging from an inch across to over 5 inches. I rarely find individual pieces. They're almost always complete. Another interesting fact about this species is that all of the ones I've found have been male. ...
Rotator Cuffed!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A couple of weeks ago I got the scoop on when to dig from the jobsite foreman. The kids and I showed up when he said and we had the newly dug area of the pond to ourselves for a few hours. There was some really rich layer there. It was loaded with teeth. After a while a few more people showed up to dig. Then a few more showed up. I dug with a new intensity because with this much competition it would be tough to score a tooth without some investment of effort. I rammed the spade end of my shovel ...
Meglo self-destructo!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This is a trip from a few weeks ago at the pond. I didn’t have much time to dig today and it was already getting dark when I arrived. There was a whole new side dug out and a guy was already digging it and he scored a delicious white colored meg tooth. I think it was probably close to 5 inches with fully intact root and tip. One side I was digging the layer was super hard and then I started to notice a shape of a root being exposed. It was a meg! I was getting ready to take out my camera to take...
Hidden beauty.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I awoke earlier than I expected Saturday morning and I was ready far before it was time to go hunting at Lafarge. I was one of the first ones at the designated spot to wait for entry into the pit, and even though it was only about 30 minutes until sunrise, it seemed like much longer. The first thing I noticed upon arrival was that the road in was very muddy. Many cars slipped and slided on the way in, but the good news was that we could go anywhere we wanted in the whole pit. No Restrictions. I ...
Hidden beauty.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The day started off with an early morning awakening like usual before going into the pit. On the way walking to the collecting area a deer charges out of no where five feet in front of me. I was going to knock him in the head with the shovel and make him my breakfast, but he was lucky and did not get close enough. I noticed a lot of the green cap was already walked over and I decided to go try a different end where there was hardly any people because the guys did say we could go anywhere in the ...
Pickin Up Good Fossil Vibrations   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Another BRFC group hunt was on as RivrDigr, his trusty sidekick Chuck, T$, DW and myself met at Lafarge to unearth fossils from their resting place. I arrived (late) at LaFarge around 7:20 to find the quarry fully open to collectors. There were quite a few more groups hunting today than usual. Thanks again to LaFarge for allowing public hunts. Well, I strapped on my backpack, hit the pit and noticed nice layer in the spoil piles. The lowcountry had some decent rain the last week so my hopes were...
Two days straight at the pond   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The first photo of teeth is from a trip about a week ago. I took a friend out to go hunt some teeth. He didn’t find anything because he’s still a newbie. I almost found a killer benedini, but the tip was already lost millions of years ago when the shark was feeding. I didn’t find any whole megs today, but I did get to see one that ditchweezil found that day before I left. All I could do was drool as I was leaving the pond. It seems like he finds a whole meg every time he goes and it makes me si...
The color of success   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
With our success yesterday, it was a foredrawn conclusion that we would hunt again. We arrived onsite and just to be safe we asked the supervisor if it was ok. He was down and we jumped in the hole. Like yesterday, the crew had dug a new section revealing untouched fossil layer. The finds were very sparse. In fact, I only found one tooth the whole day but it was a nice one. Unbelievable color, serrations, tip. Its a gem! tha boy was amazed at my good fortune and he had to get away from me. He mu...
Let the racking begin   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Tha boy got off the bus from school and the weezling and I were yelling at him from down the street to hurry because we were going fossil hunting. With 30 pounds of books in his back he started running full speed towards the truck. We had to hurry because it gets dark about 5:45 so we only have about an hour to hunt. We pulled up at the site and we were elated to see the new digging. The finds started happening immediately. 5 minutes after I started digging, I had a pretty little megalodon. The ...
Almost a fair trade.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
This post is about one of the local fossils that didn't make it into our museum. A local collector contacted me about a whale he had found in a local canal. It was under about 18 inches of water and he wasn't sure how to remove it. I met him at the locality a few days later and after careful probing I determined it was a mysticete skull. It was barely exposed in the top of the Ashley Formation. I found additional bones surrounding it just under the surface. A quick measurement showed that the s...
A fresh dig site   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
One afternoon, tha weEzlinG and I got the bug and we went out scoping a spot to dig. We knew where an old spot was abandoned so we went there first and luckily for us, they just started digging again that day. The pond was drained and a huge unfinished area was exposed to dig. As an added bonus, the crew split early because of rain so we were the first to hunt the new dig after a rain. There weren't a lot of teeth to be found, but we did get a few nice ones. I found a really nice angustidens com...
The ritual   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
While I wait to go collecting today, I decided to put up a collection of posts from the ditch near my house. Nothing I found in any of the trips here was awesome, but I photo everything for this site. Its a ritual that ends with a clean fossil table....
Another Land Meg   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A couple of weeks ago my wife went out of town and I went crazy. I hunted fossils all day. I went to a good pond that I was hunting and even though it was already finished and full of water, some piles were bulldozed recently and all the rain had been eroding out teeth sporadically. A lot of people knew where the pond was and they were hunting it too, but for some reason I guess I just thought it was worth a visit. 4 days prior we had a heavy rain, so there would undoubtedly be some scraps for m...
Hunting teeth straight after school.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I’ve wanted to go back and check out this spot for awhile and decided to go right after class. I recently transferred colleges and now I’m attending the College of Charleston (the same college that the Jedi Master had attended). I was quickly shown around after mentioning the Jedi Master’s name. I got to see some awesome fossils that the Jedi Master had donated to the school, one of the megs looked to be about 5 inches and in super hero quality condition. Well, back to the hunting the post. I ju...
Reliving the Glory Days   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The last few weeks have been busy; you know; Christmas, College Bowl games, New Years, and even work. I really could not take it any more; I needed to get my fossil fix. Even the yung-uns were begging to fossil hunt. Luckily some rains hit this week and even some late Friday night. This meant hitting creeks and possibly walking unfinished ponds. We arrived at a newer creek that we have been collecting at for about a year and were the first to hunt it. Myself and the boys picked up teeth and othe...
Reliving the Glory Days   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Da f0ssZ called me last week and said he was bringing the kids down for some fossil fun and I told him I was in. He came down early and hit a ditch while I slept in preparation for the day ahead. As soon as I hopped out of bed, I got into tooth hunting garb and the weezling and I were gone. We went to check out a spot in hopes that the rains the night before had washed out something nice. We arrived to something even better. An unfinished pond that had been previously filled with water had been ...
It was almost worth it.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I decided to take my nephew out to go hunt some shark teeth. We hit up a old ditch that was overgrown and covered with hitch hikers.. those things are really annoying. Than I went to work and started clearing the overburden and than I had to dig another three feet down to finally hit the layer. When I was about ready to quit digging I see a tip of a large meg exposed. I got too excited and it turned out to not be whole :( maybe next time. ...
Pay Attention!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I walked my favorite ditch after a heavy rain and I got all the way to the end without finding the awesome tooth that had to have been exposed by the deluge. I started on my way back to the truck, but I never give up. I always look down even on the way home. About halfway through the ditch I spied a shine on the edge. A small but gorgeous angustidens was fully exposed on the bank. I easily could have missed this little gem!...
One of those days that makes it worthwhile   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I have been hunting at this one ditch for a while now, but I have never found anything good there. But I'm persistent! The fossil layer is under the bottom so I can only hunt it when its dry. Every time I go I throw the layer up on the edge that I dig out so tha weezling has a chance to find some teeth without having to dig for them. They are always small teeth, but he doesn't mind because he is finding more than me and all I am doing is digging a hole straight down. We talk about how far down w...
WARNING - Shark tooth hunting story   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The shark tooth hunting has been pretty sweet with all the rain we had this fall. One particularly heavy downpour washed out some great stuff at my favorite ditch. This was one of those trips there are teeth everywhere and I thoroughly enjoyed picking them up by 2 or 3 every time I bent down. There are all kinds of differently colored teeth - yellow, white, orange, blue, grey, green, and sometimes all mixed together. The best finds of the day were definitely hemipristis. I found two big ones. Th...
Lots of rain = few fossils?   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After a heavy rain I went and walked a previously productive field. Not this time. As is common with fields, most of the teeth I found were broken. No one can rack everytime....
Some would call it drudgery   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
There is this ditch at a new land site that is loaded with shark teeth, plain and simple. There is simply not one reason not to go there. There are TWO reasons not to hunt there. First, the layer is like concrete. We have to beat on it with the devastator until giant chuncks of it bust loose. Then we have to smack the chunks with a rock hammer to find the teeth. Most things get destroyed during that process. The second reason not to hunt there is the poor preservation of the teeth. Even if they ...
The Lucky Phone Call   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
One morning near the beginning of the school year I was in the ditch at the crack of dawn after I dropped the weezling off at school. We had a flooding rain the night before so I was excited about what treasures the ditch might hold. I was walking near a pretty good section of ditch and my cell phone rang. It was da f0ssZ and he was just calling to see what I was doing. There was a ripple in the force or something and he knew exactly what I was doing. He called to take part in some small way. Fo...
Bike ride turned fossil hunt   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
One afternoon the weezling and I were at home on a Saturday afternoon with nothing to do so we decided to try something new. We went bike riding. He just learned to ride two wheels so we decided to go down to the local bike trail. It runs right next to a massive canal in Summerville. A few miles down the trail, our curiousity got the best of us and we stashed our bikes in the woods and we went down in the ditch to scout around for fossils. There wasn't a whole lot just laying out, but back in th...
phoSsil pHaTcatZ   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After the last Lafarge dig (which I didn't get to attend), I called da f0ssZ and he and the boys from phatfossils came to pay me a visit so we could go do some hunting at the spot I scoped out in yesterday's post. Like most other people who come here to hunt, they were after angustidens. Seems like that species is rare everywhere but in South Carolina. One of the phatboyZ told me that a meteor destroyed the oligocene sediments up in Maryland. If you're gonna wipe out the fossil record for an ent...
Checking out a new fossil hunting spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was driving past a field one day and I noticed a ditch running down through the middle of it. Luckily we had our fossil hunting gear in the truck! The weezling and I hopped out and walked the ditch. We found a few beat down shark teeth but nothing awesome. Its nice to check out a new place that has fossils. Perhaps we'll make it up that way again to do some more hunting....
The Window Game   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The dark clouds started rolling in one afternoon and the weezling and I stood side by side and smiled as the rain started to fall. Soon visibility was less than 100 feet out the window and we high 5'd and went to change our clothes to go out collecting. There was layer all over the place out at the pond from yesterday's post. As soon as we were ready and it was safe to drive, we rolled. We parked and jumped out of the truck like it was on fire. We speed walked to get to the good area because the...
The blistermaker   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
An old spot was suddenly drained and we got first digs at the newly exposed layer. The spot was dug right to the fossil layer, so we only had to remove a couple inches of thick clay-mud to get to the teeth. Nearly every piece of overburden stuck to our shovels and we had to peel it off with sticks, our boots, or each other's shovels, fingers, whatever. The layer was extra hard, too, so we had to push extra hard to get into the rocks. Our hands were decorated with blisters before too long. To boo...
Not the treadmill   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A new land spot opened up a few weeks ago and I found it the day they broke ground on it. The layer was pretty sad and all the teeth were pretty much trashed, but I dug for the fluke megalodon. I didn't find a whole tooth, but I broke a sweat outside on a beautiful day and that was enough to make it worthwhile....
South Carolina Road Trip   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I had been in a major collecting lull since my trip out to Aurora back in October, so to make up for the lost quantity of collecting I decided to make a road-trip to the Lowcountry to hopefully gain some quality. I had planned to leave my house at 3 AM so I would be down there at first light, but an emergency at work had me out of the house from 11 PM until 1AM. I left the house at 5 AM and arrived at my first collecting site 4 hours later. After not finding anything in the first 20 or so screen...
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