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Lee Creek Fall Season 2007 - the Rack in the Back

Hunting for shark teeth at Lee Creek... Its so great, but Where do I begin? With catching up with friends in the parking lot, the awesome weather, the expectation of megalodon teeth on pedestals, or the electric excitement in the air from the other collectors? All of those are good ways to start, so pick whichever one you like the best and think about it for a minute if you want an intro. Else read on, because I'm ready to talk about the RACK!

The white hats told us at the beginning of the day that the new area is really good but it needs to weather. As soon as I heard that, I decided to hit the old stuff. When the whistle blew to begin the day, the footrace began with me in the middle of the pack. One by one, other collectors slowed down to hunt spots that looked good to them. I was scanning, walking, and picking up teeth as I wandered towards the old area in the back. Every spot I looked in was loaded with well camouflaged teeth. The first time I looked at my watch the day was half over and I hadn't even come close to the far side of the area. Already my pockets sagged with their serrated contents. I barely took the time to eat to make the most of the collecting day.

The hunting area was enormous. Huge. Gigantic. Gargantuan. REALLY BIG! Just before 2 o'clock rolled around I had just barely reached the far side of the area and I had to turn around to be back at the bus by 3. It took me an hour and 5 minutes to get from one side to the other and I moved fast. Completely drained of energy and laden with teeth, I barely made it up the ramp. Still reeling from my success, I saw the group of people who made it back before me. Everyone was excitedly chirping about how great the hunt was. I talked to numerous people who had something really nice, and I saw a lot of killer megalodon teeth! Even considering the success of our hunt, I am 100% positive there are loads of nice teeth out there still waiting to be found. I know on the far side, there were only two other collectors besides myself. Entire hills were left completely unsearched. This huge area can support lots of collecting, even with weeks between rainfall. I'm looking forward to seeing what else comes out this season!

Thanks to PCS for once again allowing the Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum and other clubs to collect fossils on their property. They don't have to let us in, but they do and I appreciate it. A lot of people had a really great time this weekend and it will undoubtedly continue throughout the season.

Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

ID2365
Memberdw
Date Added10/2/2007

This is the pit from the ramp. The weeds in the picture to the right of the reclamation are about half-way across the collectable area.
I did pretty well today.
Would you look at this Yorktown formation??? It still makes my shovel twitch because I didn't have time to dig. I ran into this pile of whale vertebrae about an hour into my rampage.
This was the second megalodon I found. The first was a smaller one that I saw was broken first. Can you imagine my disappointment when I pulled up the tooth to see it lacking the right root lobe?
A great shot of a mako in the Yorktown. I spent a lot of time in the Yorktown today so I found a lot of Yorktown teeth - Modern Tigers, Makos, and Bulls. The tooth is just under 2 inches in length.
Another nice Mako in the Yorktown. The pit collecting area is so big that I'm sure there are a lot more teeth out there this exposed.
This little megalodon was sticking out of the side of a little washout in another mound of Yorktown. The other root lobe was chipped, but the blade is really sweet.
  

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