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"Something wicked this way comes"..or maybe not


It was like a trip into another world. My wife and I decided to make our entry at the bridge by the park. We made our way down the bank, over the rocks, through the rushing water…….ugh!!!! And Proceeded to enter the deep water. We began cautiously because we were on the look-out for crocodiles due to the depth of the water. No one mentioned that it was so deep and disturbing. We had our chest waders on and I had my trusty rake scoop along with a bag strapped across my back (…and held my wife’s hand at the same time too J ) but the water was downright spooky. It was calm, but deep and we waited for the proverbial boogie monster to rise up and grab one of us! To our surprise, it didn’t happen…….whew!

So, long story long, we made our way down to the small feeder creek and decided to head up that way even though previous reports said nothing was up there worth finding. I’m glad no one looked, because after trailing my wife, I looked down in the middle of the very shallow stream and low and behold, the biggest find of the day. Thanks to Brad…A.K.A. brachiomyback, for identifying it as a meg. I called my wife back (to rub in what she had walked past….lol…wink wink) to show her my find. I always say to her “you’re going to hate me” which means I found something really nice. And, of course, she was upset that she had missed it, but at the same time very excited. It was our first GMR find and we felt that it was a lucky omen.

We found a few more smaller teeth up the creek (no pun intended) and decided to make our way to the 10th street bridge. I didn’t feel too out of place due to the previous posted photo’s. It was a bit overwhelming due to all the potential places to dig and look. We were hoping someone else would show up and maybe help with a few pointers to start us off in the right direction, but believe it or not, we didn’t see a soul for two sunny days. The water was clear and not very deep after going through the tunnels.

Not really knowing what we were doing or where to look, my wife and I just winged it. We tried a few spots here and there and when we found something, we kept looking there for a little bit…until I got bored. You have to understand, my wife is a trooper and if I wanted to stay put in one place, she would be content to stay with me….within reason. So……

We searched for two days and found almost as many teeth as we have found in the past 2 and ½ years here at Ocean Isle Beach. It was crazy!

We started building our new “super-dooper” ultra-secret sifter tonight. Once it’s ready, I might be persuaded to share the blue prints if anyone is daring enough to attempt the endeavor.

We really love this site and all the people and knowledge which is shared. I think I’m a little stubborn when it comes to properly identifying fossils, but I’ll try to adjust. I guess “big tooth” doesn’t do justice to a 5 7/8” Meg. We live and learn.

Thank you Brad, Daryl, and Kim for helping us. Next time we go, we would love to have some company and I’ll bring the “super-dooper” sifter J .

Mat and Jen

Location Green Mill Run, North Carolina, USA

Date Added2/24/2009

First Meg ever!!
GW or Mako?
2 days at GMR VS.....
.... over 2 years searching OIB.

The Best of the Run...Over 2 Months
The Best of the Run...Over 2 Months
unforseen events!
unforseen events!
Our first GMR trip!
Our first GMR trip!

Nice First Tooth - 2/25/2009
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
That is definitely a nice first tooth. The first fossil I ever found in the GMR was a belemnite about an inch long. I will be going back up to the GMR this weekend. So if you go maybe I will see you all there. I believe the tooth is a Mako, its a nice find. Good luck on future trips! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Thanks! - 2/25/2009
Reviewer : fossils4us from
Total Rating : 10
Mako or Meg.....big tooth works :-) I want to go this weekend, sunday, but the weather looks like it will be all rain. We finished our new sifter tonight. Can't wait to use it!!!! If you see a white Durango at the park this weekend, that will most likely be us...weather permitting. Thanks again. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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awesome day - 2/27/2009
Reviewer : bsmarrella from
Total Rating : 10
Well done!! GMR smokes OIB every time! I live near OIB and go to GMR at least once a month so contact me if you want a digging buddy- Brad & I found some nice teeth at the beginning of Feb. Find my info at www.fossiloutfitters.com ---Brian Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Thanks! - 3/1/2009
Reviewer : fossils4us from
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I agree! We used to love to hit the beach, but GMR has changed our perspective. I dream about going back and also finding other sites as well. Mat
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