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Float Like a Carcharocles

Hi Everyone, The fall 2007 collecting season in Lee Creek is upon us and my chance was today. I read that the area was big, but my concept of big did not match the reality of the size of the collecting spot generously granted by PCS. When I walked down the ramp, the area seemed limitless. The opening gun went off and the other collectors all seemed to know exactly where to go. Some people started looking almost immediately after the ramp. Some headed towards last years deposits on the right. I scanned the ground for footprints as I headed towards the back of the mine opposite the ramp. I passed the bridges that led to the old hills, and it wasn't 20 minutes until footprints became sporadic.

I slowed down and started looking closer. Soon I passed a pit car area bereft of footprints, rich with broken teeth. I picked them up by the handfuls as I continued my trek towards the back. My collecting buddy, Bruce Leetensis, and I ran across some incredible Yorktown with multiple large whale vertebrae sticking out. We took down the mounds only to be denied the megalodon prize. Next, we came to some older mounds with lots of weeds. There were a few teeth because the good layers were covered with useless James City formation. Then an hour in, we stumbled on a row of rich Pungo and Yorktown mounds on a peninsulas that could only be accessed via a land bridge freshly exposed by the super dry conditions.

There was not a single footprint anywhere in sight on any of the mounds and it was obvious by the number of teeth that we must have been the first ones there. It seems like every step I took brought several teeth into view. Every time I bent over, I picked up multiple nice teeth.

On a whim, I looked at my watch and it said 2 o'clock! Where did the time go? I had a really long way to go and only an hour to cover the vast distance. I really had to move fast, but I made it back at 2:57. I was thoroughly exhausted, but loaded with fantastic fossils. This must be what it was like back in the old days that everyone always talks about.

Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

ID2404
MemberAlopias Ali
Date Added10/15/2007

Truly one of the best hunts I have ever had! I can't believe my good fortune with so many other collectors in before me.
Broken shark teeth and a big shell.
This was the first big tooth I came across. Too bad it was broken.
A little megalodon tooth that looked really good. It has a busted tip but is still very nice.
Look at that awesome tip poking out of the dirt! When I pulled it and saw it was broken, I almost rent my collecting vest Hollywood style.
  

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Racking is the beginning of all achievements.
Racking is the beginning of all achievements.
Pungo Amber
Pungo Amber
Pathologic Cow Shark Tooth
Pathologic Cow Shark Tooth
1 3/4 inch Lee Creek Hemipristis tooth
1 3/4 inch Lee Creek Hemipristis tooth
1 13/16 inch Transitional Great White Tooth
1 13/16 inch Transitional Great White Tooth
2 11/16 inch Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth
2 11/16 inch Yorktown Mako Shark Tooth
4 1/4 inch Aurora Megalodon Tooth
4 1/4 inch Aurora Megalodon Tooth
4 1/2 inch Yorktown Megalodon Tooth
4 1/2 inch Yorktown Megalodon Tooth
  

Comments
My GOD - 2/17/2008
Reviewer : tonyholt from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 8.667
This post just blows my mind everytime I look at it. Which is about once a week. Content Quality : 8 of 10

Drool Quotient : 9 of 10

Picture Quality : 9 of 10
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JUST CRAZY - 6/8/2008
Reviewer : tonyholt from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Now that I've been to Aurora a few times I can relate and I chose to change my mind about the rating. This trip must be what the old days were all about Content Quality : 10 of 10
A dream

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10
I wish there was a option 11

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
Great Job man
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