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Unearthing the Beached Whale

I’ve been real busy and haven’t had the chance to post right away. This weekend was BRFC’s hunt at Aurora. DW and Da Fossz arrived at my house to pick up my brother (officially known as brother $) and I. Then we were on our way to Aurora. We were riding through some heavy rain along the way. This is good news for the pit and increases the chances that new teeth will be exposed. I could only imagine the night before what collecting in the pit would be like the next day if we got the chance to hunt it.

 

The next day we arrive to the parking lot and the sun was showing for parts of the morning. When we received the okay to go into the pit I made a bee line towards the back end. I was picking up many teeth along the way. I had a whole hill of Yorktown deposits to myself. I carefully scanned the areas and noticed a whale tooth exposed on top. I decided this would be a good pile of Yorktown to poke through with my shovel. After scraping off some more of the layer I notice what looked like to be small rib bones at first. I looked at them a little closer and discovered that they were actually whale teeth.

 

Then immediately I was thinking there could be a whale skull here. I started to dig more carefully and kept uncovering whale teeth left and right. At one point there was a whole cluster of teeth laid out side by side. I wish I would have taken a photo of that one while they were still naturally in the ground. I dug until the deposit of Yorktown was depleted. In the end I pulled out an amazing total of 22 whale teeth. I am still in the process of prepping and cleaning them. I will post a photo of the set soon!

Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

ID3304
Membert$
Date Added4/5/2009

A photo looking back at the ramp. Where did all the people go?
The teaser photo of the associated set of whale teeth. The rest of the set will be added soon.
  

Links
Associated Set of 22 Fossil Sperm Whale Teeth
Associated Set of 22 Fossil Sperm Whale Teeth
Fossil Modern Tiger Shark Tooth with Bite Marks
Fossil Modern Tiger Shark Tooth with Bite Marks
Fossil Stingray Dermal Scute
Fossil Stingray Dermal Scute
Sperm Whale Tooth
Sperm Whale Tooth
Deformed? Sperm Whale Tooth
Deformed? Sperm Whale Tooth
1 5/8" Hemipristis Shark Tooth
1 5/8" Hemipristis Shark Tooth
Black River Fossils Lee Creek Collecting Trip Spring 2009
Black River Fossils Lee Creek Collecting Trip Spring 2009
  

Comments
- 4/5/2009
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 10
Awesome funds!!!!!!!!! what a day! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10
killer meg !! I can't believe you found all those whale teeth wow

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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- 4/6/2009
Reviewer : FrozenTundra from
Total Rating : No Rating
More, More, More! I can't wait to see the whole set. What a great find. Congrats!
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Wow - 4/6/2009
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
You had a great day! Congrats. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Nice.... - 4/6/2009
Reviewer : brachiomyback from
Total Rating : 10
Holy Molely.... I mean HOLY MOBY!!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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- 4/6/2009
Reviewer : eastcoastmeg from
Total Rating : 10
Great finds and thanks for the ground shots. They are always my favorite. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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WOW! - 4/18/2009
Reviewer : svillej from Pennsylvania United States
Total Rating : 10
Congradulations on the set of Sperm Whale teeth and a great haul of other goodies --great day of hunting. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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