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First Trip Hunting South Carolina   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I went to Summerville SC a couple of weeks ago with my dad and one of my fossil hunting friends. We spend two days in SC and had a very nice haul. We left at 6am and got there at 10:30 am. It was a long drive, but we talked about teeth to pass the time. First, we went to one of my friend's sites. It was probably the best site of the whole trip. I found my first angy there and I was pretty happy. I found a couple more surface collecting, but they were mostly broken. Next we went to...

Collecting Fossils in the Creeks of Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I've been hunting the Yellow ditch everytime we get a good rainfall here in Summerville and I finally amassed enough finds to make a post. This is about 3 different trips to the site over the past month and a half, and over that time the conditions at the creek have improved. The county sent in workers to pick up all the garbage thrown in there by the residents of the neighborhood around the creek so its not even close to as disgusting now which is nice. I still...
Finding Carcharocles Auriculatus Shark Teeth in Harleyville South Carolina   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
We got another crack at the quarry and had some really good luck. Everybody came away with something nice which doesn't always happen. We got to do a little bit of everything on this trip. We got to dig in the contact zone between the santee limestone and a unit of the Harleyville formation. Its the wierdest stuff! Its almost as hard as limestone, but there is a lag deposit at the base that has fossils all through it. We also got to walk around and pick fossils from the limestone and overburden....
Eocene Delight   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Having been giddy from my recent Meg find, I admittedly had to take myself out of gravy mode. It would be presumptuous to let the gravy spill over two different collecting sites; so I let DW cross-pollenate the collecting area, so to speak. This proved to be wise. The morning was cloudy and breezy which is excellent collecting weather especially after a good rain. I hunted some fresh spoil piles and ended up with a worn ric and some smaller teeth. After an hour or so of digging in green cap (and...
Archaeocete Be Thy Name   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I got an opportunity to fossil collect in Giant Cement Quarry in January. The area was the “green cap” above the Santee Limestone known for its C. Auriculatus and fossilized whale material. It was a cool windy morning; perfect to dig! Myself, minifossz and microfossz were digging in the green cap finding mostly smaller teeth when I flipped over some overburden only to see the enamel of a whale tooth! It looked relatively large; and I dug with caution. We hummed some choice classic metal and slow...
Hunting for Eocene Shark Teeth at the Cement Quarry in Harleyville SC   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to hunt for fossils at the Cement Quarry in Harleyville South Carolina. This location is prime fossil hunting territory for the giant shark teeth of Carcharocles auriculatus, the evolutionary great-grandfather of Megalodon. There are also lots of other kinds of shark teeth and archaeocete whale fossils to be found there, all more than 30 million years old. The fossils get exposed during the limestone mining process.

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Surprise October Hunt!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was able to collected in Giant Cement this weekend. The collecting area was a mix of freshly exposed overburden and some older spoil piles. Some nice Auriculatus came out today...nice to see those serrated beauties! ...
Fourth of July Fossil Hunt   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
In this fossil report, I took my girlfriend, little brother (brother $), and his girlfriend out to a creek in Summerville. No fancy nicknames for the ladies yet. Within about 5 minutes of walking the creek I spot a small P. benedeni lying out in the open. I snap the money shot and I am in instant gravy mode. Everyone was finding shark teeth and having a great time. ...
The Winning Streak Continues   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
My son and I went hunting a couple weeks ago after a really good rain. We hunted this spot 3 days for this video.We walked one day and sifted the next 2 with good success both days. His best find came on the first day - a massive Isurus desori mako tooth in flawless condition nearly completely exposed on the bottom. On the first day sifting, I found a worn, small megalodon tooth but on the second after the water stopped flowing I got a huge, beautiful angustidens tooth stuck in matrix. I love th...
How to Find Nice Shark Teeth in Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Today Weezil & Son welcomed Govinn for an afternoon of fossil hunting in Summerville. We decided to sift the Yellow creek for a shot at some nice Oligocene stuff. This creek also sports Miocene, Pliocene, & Pleistocene fossils so you never know what you're going to find. Govinn forgot to lock his car and had to go back, but the weezling and I started sifting without him. When he got back, Govinn had recovered a really nice great white tooth. A really nice one for this spot! My boy starte...
Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I hope the phrase Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat is not trademarked because its the only way to describe this day. The weezling and I got to the creek and minutes after we arrived I spotted an arrowhead in the bottom of the creek through my clear bottom bucket. SCORE! Then I let the weezling have a turn and he scored some nice teeth in the middle of the creek. We picked up teeth the whole way to our favorite spot where we noticed a HUGE washout created by the last heavy rain. The creek blast...
Opportunistic Fossil Hunting   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Sometimes fossil hunting is nothing more than seeing a place that looks good and looking around. I saw that a local ditch had been cleaned out with heavy equipment so my right hand man the weezling and I waited until after a heavy rain and then we went to take a look. We ended up walking and talking all day, picking up teeth as we went. We didn't end up with anything superior, but its ok. Not every day has to include finding some giant flawless fossil for it to be great, but then again it never ...
2010 Season Summary   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

It is hard to believe my fossil hunting hobby only began in earnest May of this year.   I am now hooked and spend much of my time looking.  I have graduated from land searches, having been SCUBA certified a few months ago thanks to lowcountrydiving, and have joined the ranks of murky river divers.  I have met some great new friends to enjoy my searches with.  I have searched hard in Charleston, Dorchester, and Colleton Counties and have had m...

Rain...its a good thing !   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
With all this rain I figured I would hit a few fossil spots today. The first spot I went to is a well known spot amoung the fossil few and there were already fossil hunters on the scene. I figured I'd let em have at it and went to another spot which isn't so well known. When I arrived I saw the water was high, but figured I'd try it anyway. I managed to find two beat up Angustidens, and the usual smaller shark species teeth through most of the hunt. As I was wrapping up my hunt I spotted a Great...
Friday the 13th who cares   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well that time has come and gone for our annual fossil hunt. I meet up with ozzyrules and svillej on my birthday the 13th to do some diving in the edisto river but arriving on thursday night iI knew this would not be happening due to high water low vis and the current way to strong. So off to the ditches we went I was able to score so nice tetth a 1 1/2 inch great white, a 1 inch bull shark, 1.23 inch mako, a nice little post angy and my find of the day was a 2. 39 inch white root and that rare...
Just an awesome trip.   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
So it has been raining the past few days so i decided to go toothing in one of my favorite spots. I scored big. It turned out to be just an awesome trip....
Shark Teeth and a Civil War Clay Pipe   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

da fossz, my kids, and I went fossil hunting in the Edisto river in South Carolina a couple of weeks ago. I found the usual assortment of angustidens, megalodon, mako, tiger, sand tiger, hemipristis shark teeth, ray plates, all of which I was glad to get. I also got a sailfish rostrum - an uncommon find. I also got two whale teeth. My best find came when I found a sand area a few inches deep and fanned to the ...

The weezlings Happy moment   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The other day [megamouth] took me toothin but niether him or his friend found any thing but i sturk the gold mine with a meg and angustidens and a beutiful angustiden with lightning all overe it and it is blue. it was a really good day for the weezling.i love when you have toothing days like that...
I'll take second place anyday   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I arrived pretty early to this particular ditch, but not early enough.  Even though there was at least one set of foot prints, I pressed on in the hopes that something was missed.  For the most part I found a lot of broken teeth, though some were a decent size.  Then I spotted a 2 1/4" angy with great color and lightning.  This one also has more curve (see side picture) than any of my other an...

the unbalieveable trail of awesome teeth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
the unbalieveable trail of awesome teeth
Another Decent Haul   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
 I had a great day and got to use my new floating screen.  I found my best vert yet, some decent angus, hemi, my first beni, and a big great white though with little root as usual....
Off work early to hit the ditches!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I got off a bit early today since I am working the weekend and managed to get in a few hours in the ditches.  I netted a variety of specimen including a few beautiful mako with awsome color, pretty nice angus, and a bunch of pieces of teeth I wish were whole.  All have great color.  There was offcourse a bunch of small ones I couldn't help but pickup.  I also found some vert and horse teeth.  The most interesting sp...
This Paleo Shop Vac Wont Quit!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

When I was a kid I used to curse the rain. What was I thinking? Rain is great! It poured again yesterday so guess where I went? Besides Moe's. Yep, the ditch. It makes me glad to be alive, Teeth everywhere and all I have to do is pick them up. My best find today was a stunning little angustidens right out of the layer. Beauty of a ground shot too! It still amazes me every time we go to this spot just how much there is to be found. It just keeps on producing and we keep on finding the fo...

Who Knew?   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The post from yesterday was the first of a two part series - we went to another location after that hunt. We call that spot the secret ditch because we've never seen another person there. Its been at least 2 months since the last time we went so there has been lots of opportunities for new fossils to erode from the fossil formation. The secret ditch didn't turn out to good. Neither of us had anything great to show for the long walk, so the weezling suggested we keep walking to another spot. I wa...
Fossils in Gangland   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
We woke up a little later than I hoped this morning. I had hoped to be awake by 6:30 am so we could be at the creek as soon as it got bright enough to see. Well, 9:30 rolled around and the weezling was pretty depressed. He really wanted to go, but he didn't wake up in time either. I hate seeing my boy in fossil depression so I agreed to take him anyway. Maybe we would get lucky and everyone else would sleep in, too. We go to the creek and found that nobody had been there yet after the previous n...
Rain Rain Rain...with a slight chance of drool...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Ok well it rained hard in Summerville Monday so I was going to take advantage of all the runoff and hit some of my spots. The first spot well I managed to get a nice high yellow sharply serrated 1-5/8 inch Angy after almost stepping on a snake. It was a small harmless one so no biggie...I also managed to find a croc tooth among some other goodies just setting out in the open after the rain. Well I then left that spot and I was quickly off to another spot and within a few minutes upon arriving th...
Huge Mako - Isurus Desori   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
In general, I could tell just about everywhere I went today had been cleaned out pretty well. However, while at one of my favorite spots, I saw what looked like a little tip sticking out of the mud in some shallow water. I reached in and pulled out the biggest narrow mako (Isurus Desori) I have ever seen let alone found. This thing is nearly 2 1/2 inches. I also found a decent angus and a hand full of small guys, but I only included a shot of the mako. Enjoy! Thanks for helping me identify the ...
Best finds from walking the ditches and creeks (continued)   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Since there are so many finds I am going to continue the finds here on the second post......
Best finds from walking the ditches and creeks during February & March   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well I have been searching for teeth and fossils even in the cold winter months...I am posting a few of my favorite finds from walking some of my favorite spots during the winter season. I can't wait to see what I get this summer...stay tuned !!! ...
Paleo Bambi   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I feel like I have awoken from hibernation. It seems like forever since I’ve hunted fossils because there just hasn’t been anywhere to go. With little rain, no dig sites, and the rivers still too cold to dive I’ve been in a state of paleo depression. But the day before yesterday, the sky opened up and dropped several inches of rain in a few hours. Yesterday I awoke at the crack of dawn to take advantage of a rare opportunity to get out and find some fossils!

I arrive...

Just Getting Started - April   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I have always been interested in finding shark teeth ever since I was a kid and my dad would take me to some of the Cooper River Dredge deposits. A few years ago, I started kayaking and would often end up coming back with at least a few small shark teeth as trip souvenirs. During a trip a few weeks back, I found a 3.5” meg that sparked a renewed interest in searching more frequently for teeth and in more spots. That is when I learned that the fossil teeth can even be found inland in Dorchester a...
Treasure between the Blizzard Branches   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I am on the longest dry streak I can remember. It's been almost a month and a half since I went out hunting for shark teeth. It rained all day yesterday and I decided that today was time to hunt. I was the first person at the spot, but it has changed drastically since I last hunted it. The great Summerville blizzard of 2010 felled many branches into the creek and debris was piled up all over the place. I would say that close 25% of the best areas in the stream were too cluttered to hunt...

Last hunt of 2009-December 30--Brrrrrrr!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
We came back to Summerville on December 30 bring in the New Year and enjoy milder temperatures than cold Pennsylvania but it came along with us and stayed. I got out in the afternoon to walk a nearby ditch and did suprisingly well. A 3 3/4" Meg and a nice Croc tooth were welcome finds. The next week looks even colder--brrrrr. Happy New Year to everybody at BRF....
Nice Creek Teeth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The finds and the video are from two separate hunts in my favorite creek in Summerville. One hunt is from back in October where I found a bunch of great whites (all shamers!). I went by myself that day. The other hunt is from just a few days ago and the weezling and I both came away with some nice fossils. The highlights from both trips are a nice Carcharodon carcharias (modern great white), a really nice Retroflexus (mako), a large, beautifully Angustidens (oligocene ...

The Right Place at the Right Time   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I have been salivating at the sight of heavy equipment parked at a build site for weeks. I hoped they would dig because I had hunted a spot just 50 yards away with success in the late 1990's. One day on the way home from running errands, I saw the excavator in action digging a trench. As soon as the crew left, I was clear to hunt. First I scanned the entire trench for layer. The far end hit some chalky garbage, and that was where I was most hopeful for some fossils. I found a decent out...

OctoberFest 2009   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I tried to follow our Saturday dives with 2 more on Sunday, but couldn't get the tanks refilled. So, with bent back and on hands and knees, I scanned the ditches and creeks. Most of the finds were creek worn, but a piece of Mastodon tooth was a great suprise....
Dig and they will come   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Hey guys its been awhile since my last report I had a new daughter born 8/20/09 and she was a month early she spent the next two weeks in the NIC unit at MCG in Augusta G.A she was born at 1:00 A.M and her weight was 4 punds 7 ounces. I am glade to say she is at home now and doing great almost 7 pounds now. I have not been able to geet to the low-country to hunt any fossil's and it is sicken to not get to hunt any this summer but only one time but as luck has it I meet a old friend who stopped ...
Another good rain....   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Thunderstorms rolled through last night so I headed out in a quest for fossils. I arrived wondering what could just be waiting for me...I grabbed my backpack and started walking and scanning...nothing but broken pieces and teeth barely visible to the naked eye ! I was thinking surely the rain must have washed something good out... then I spotted a bourlette pattern and root lobe...I immediately tugged gently on it and a 2 inch+ Angy "appeared" in my hand. Sorry no ground shot this time...
Color Me Happy   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Same story.  Heavy rain last night = I wake up early to hunt shark teeth

I never like the waking up early part, but I always like the hunting shark teeth part. As soon as I got to the creek I knew it was going to be a good day. I could tell the water got high from how bent over the weeds on the banks were. There was no part of the creek that would not have been rinsed by such a volume of water.

The deep parts were still cloudy, but for th...

Morning Glory   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I'm getting behind on my posts again. I can barely keep up with collecting, much less posting. Please forgive the tardiness of my update - I promise to provide a steady diet of paleo-nourishment to you as my willing and eager penance.

Last Monday I woke up early, and the bluster of a strange early morning thunderstorm was the cause. The pounding rain obscured by view of my neighbors' houses and the street was covered with rushing water. I was salivating at the though...

A hunting we will go...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Last Friday it rained really hard here, and the weezling was chomping at the bit to get out and find some fossils. Our rain gauge said we got between 2 and 3 inches of rain, and any time that happens there are fossil shark teeth to be found somewhere in the Lowcountry. Saturday morning we got up early and hit the yellow ditch. When we arrived it wasn't hard to see that the water never got very high - a necessary component to racking in the fossils. Still, the rain washed out a few decen...
Fossiling in the footprints of others....   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I had a day off so I had decided I was going rain or shine...It rained where I live early on and had cleared by the time I was ready to head out fossiling. I arrived at an older spot and discovered it hadn't rained that hard at all there....oh well... I was going to try my luck anyway. Not five minutes into the hunt I came across footprints...someone had been here already, but I don't give up even when I come across an area someone else has already hunted. I continued on and started to find the ...
Angustidens Galore!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Summerville had another big storm last night. I didn't think the weatherman could top the storm from two nights ago without some kind of tropical influence but I was wrong. Rain like that always calls for a trip to the creek near out house. Unfortunately I had a mid-morning meeting again so we had to get there early. I don't like getting there early because the mosquitos are bad and its too dark to see into the deeper spots of the creek so we always miss teeth. Regardless, early fossil ...

More rain and more toothin   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Some more showers drenched the lowcountry yet again and I decided another day of fossil hunting was in order. I was thinkiing my chances of finding some nice teeth were good so I arrived at the spot anxious to hunt. I walked slowly making sure I didn't miss anything. Sometimes fossil hunters get in a rush and miss teeth just setting out in the open. I also brought my camera this time. I was finding teeth right away...small ones and pieces then I spotted an Angy. I knew it was nice so I grabbed m...
Pleistocene Bonanza   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We got quite a thunderstorm last night that dumped over 2 inches of rain. The weezling and I were excited to finally get out and hunt - this waiting for the rain stuff is terrible but its all we have for now so we're going to enjoy it. With regular sticks in place of rakes we walked down into our favorite spot near our house for a great fossil hunt. The finds started almost right away. We always find a lot of shark's teeth here, and...

Slim Pickens   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I saw the rain hit yesterday evening and now that the recent news has hit the fossil hunting community concerning even small tools in the canals, ditches, and creeks are banned I was welcoming it. I was ready to walk and walk and walk. I figured I would have some luck since it had rained hard. Upon arrival I saw the usual small tiny miniscule teeth setting around in the current. Tiny tooth after tiny tooth. I expected as much and after about an hour I was ready to call it quits, but I figured wh...
The Big Countdown is Killing Us!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The weezil clan is going crazy with the fossil hunting lately. We're hitting old spots and having a great time, even though the finds aren't the best. We are really excited lately because we heard a rumor that a good new fossil hunting location is going to open up in the near future and the only way to pass the time is to hunt. It was an overcast day and it was hard to see into the water but megamouth and I still managed to do pretty well. The two right teeth on the to...

The Birthday Wish   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Time goes by so fast - it seems like only yesterday the weezling was born and I was wishing I could take him with me fossil hunting. In reality, he turned 9 yesterday so I actually could take him. Lucky for us the heavens opened up the night before and drenched the Lowcountry with fossil-eroding goodness.

Even though we've been hunting more often lately, its been tough to get into our favorite spot because everyone else is in the same boat as us - not enough good hun...

Last Resorts   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

After a bountiful feast at Moe's, DW and I desided we needed to quit sitting around and go hunt fossils.  It was a few days after some heavy rain so we hit up a piece of ditch rarely visited by us, due to its lack in fossils.

DW was also pumped to film another one of his vids, so I humbly agreed to ajoin him on his quest. It was slow, fossils here and there but eventually we managed to aquire an exceptable amount of fossils. We left, never to return... until...

Just Can't Get Enough Fossil Hunting   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The weezling came home today and found out that Megamouth and I had not only gone fossil hunting without him, but also made another movie. I told him that life goes on here even when he is having fun somewhere else, but that didn't seem to help. Another trip to the creek was in order.

We went to a different part of the ditch than last time and though everything started off well, there were vast expanses of the creek with no fossils. And with the non-humidity correcte...

What to do on a Lazy Summer Afternoon?   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Megamouth and I got tired of sitting around the house so we decided to go down to the local watering hole and see what the rains washed out earlier this week. This spot takes a while to clear up enough when we get a lot of rain and today the deeper parts were still murky, but the shallow areas were accessible for our racking purposes.

Although we found a bunch of teeth, very few were complete. There are a number of reasons why - because of the initial excavation, bec...

Good results fossilin after the rain...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The rains were heavy last night....so I figures I hit some spots around Summerville and see what may have washed out. I arrived at the first spot and started scanning the area. Like a broken record...broken tooth,shamer, broken tooth, shamer...that spot was not producing. Then on the way back to my car I came across a nice little yellow chubutensis...ok that made me feel a little better. So onward to the next spot and the saga continued...broken tooth after broken tooth although they were larger...
Lights... Camera... Megalodon Action!!!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Fossil hunting in Summerville isn't what it used to be. Now we're barely surviving, living on bread and water. When it rains we sit and stare out the window hoping that the shower will last long enough to wash out our ditches. We don't dig, we only surface collect so conditions have to be right to make it worth going. Well, today conditions were right and the weezling and I decided to go to a new spot we found a few weeks ago. Its actually not a new spot, but its new to us so we call it...

Master of the low country   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
had a real nice time down in SC, you really have to work for your fossils and thats what i did. I have to thank Sharkdentist for the good time without his help i would have never been able to find my two big megs. I sure am glad that there are respectable hunters out there like him.

the big meg is a little over 5 1/4" the smaller is 4 1/4"...
the rest of the pics from 3 day fossil hunt   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I dont know why the post did not take some photo's but here are the rest. ...
3 day fossil excursion   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well the day finally arrived Weds afternoon off work and headed to Summerville to meet up with bmorefossil's, ozzyrules, and svillej to do some hunting. Bmore was able to score his biggest Meg to date but I will let him tell that story I was able to score a few decent Megs that range from 2 1/2 inches to 1 1/2 inches, also 3 Angustiden that range from 2 1/2 to 1 3/16th, also found a great white that was 1 1/2 inches that was had some awesome colors. The find of the day for me was a posterior an...
The Summerville Scoop…..   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
With my job completed mid afternoon it was time to find some teeth.  I navigated through the streets of Summerville to begin my second fossil expedition in South Carolina.  I found the location where DW took me on my first trip in Dorchester County and with his prior “blessing”, I proceeded to “claim jump” hunting solo.

It was hot, mid 90s and with a heat index reportedly over 100.    This reminded me to invest in some summer hip boots / wa...

Walk of Shame   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This is a trip from about three weeks ago. I discovered a new spot with future potential. I decided to take a walk around the area to see what I could find. I ran into a rat snake that was camouflaged so well that I didn’t notice him until I was about two feet from stepping on him! Then I made my way towards a hill of dirt that was rich with fossils. I spot a beasty root sticking out of the ground. I snap the ground photo and pray to the toothing gods for it to please be whole. My praye...

heavy rains/lighting strikes   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I was able to get out Monday to hunt with toothhoover after the heavy rains and thunderstroms. We decided we would try a land site that has produced some nice teeth in the past. As you can see from the pics I was able to score a nice great white that messured in at 1 1/16th inch with cool lighting strikes through out the tooth and also still had its root rare for Summerville, also a little Meg that messured in at 1 1/2 inches that also had lighting strikes through out the tooth, and last but not...
horse shoe still working   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Meet up with Aeromike ans SvilleJ to hunt some teeth Saturday in the creek and after arriving at the creek 2 hours behind SvilleJ. I entered the creek and found a 4 inch Meg root sticking out after finding the Meg and finding SvilleJ in the creek he was shocked that I had been there 5 min and already had a Meg. SvilleJ said the horse shoe he gave me for Aurora was still working. The horse shoe story is funny because I always told him he had a horse shoe because he always seems to find the nice s...
Last trip of Spring Break--2009   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I got together yesterday with Sharkdentist and Aeromike for one last hunt before returing to Pennsylvania. Verts were the fossil of the day, 2 whale and a number of shark and fish. A piece of petrified wood is the first item in the top row and a piece of coporite takes center stage in the bottom row.

Bye for now to all my South Carolina friends, I'll be back for LaFarge in July.

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Trips from April 13 to April 16   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

After taking a day to rest from our marathon drive and hunt at Lee Creek, I have been hunting every day for 2-3 hours. Today was the best with a beautiful 2" lower mako and 4 fish tails. The strangest item was a shark vert that must have been diseased or damaged. I first thought it was 3 verts fused together but it is only one. Has anybody seen a vert like this before?

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A lot of rain equals good toothin !   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well the rain has come and gone and everybody knows that usually means the uncovering of some great stuff in our surrounding ditches. Well the skies have cleared and I was anxious to try a couple of hot spots known for producing after the rain. In the first spot I managed to find a nice 3-1/8th inch Megalodon with nice color to it and it was a relief to find this gem after finding alot of broken and mangled teeth. That was my only really nice find at that spot so I traveled to another spot. It w...
Spring Break...so nice to be back in the Lowcountry   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

After a long winter in the north, we came back to find spring in Summerville and celebrate Easter. I got to go out for two hours on Wednesday and Thursday. The best finds were a fish vert with spine and a couple of good 1" Angys. Thursday produced a ray plate and 2 mor 2" angys, 1 with cool ligtning strikes.

Tomorrow, we are off the PCS and have our fingers crossed because severe weather is moving thru the upstate and North Caro...

Back in the creek...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Another nice day to go hunting fossils...I was off to a creek which has nice gravel deposits in the bottom for great sifting. Upon arrival I was thinking "an angy today would be nice !" So I jumped in the creek. For at least an hour broken and smaller teeth...well a one inch mako which wasn't bad, but I like teeth with some size to them. About another 15 minutes and there it was..a 2-1/4 inch tooth. It wasn't an Angy and I thought it was a Megalodon until I looked closer...small knubs ...
Damage in the ditches...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well I was off today to walk a few creeks with a fellow fossil hunter today when we ran into major destruction in a ditch. No it wasn't from a construction company or a utility company, it was from fossil hunters digging ! These are huge holes. It looks like a missle went into the side of these banks. I am up in arms about this blatent destruction of our ditches. This is ridiculous and it is ruining the reputation of our hobby. Anyway a picture is worth a thousand words so I took a few pictures ...
Chillin Like a Villain   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We pulled into my driveway after the long ride home from Aurora last Sunday night. As soon as we got there, I saw a terraced look to my front yard caused by a torrential downpour, the kind that makes collecting fossils fun and easy if you know where to look. I knew then that I would be collecting the Yellow Ditch first thing Monday morning despite all the work waiting for me from a long weekend of neglect.

Monday was frigid for SC. The high was only in the upper 30s ...

A little orange in the screen...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well off I went Thursday fossil hunting again. I grabbed my sifter and headed to a creek which I call the "Green Creek" due to the thick green layer which sets in the bottom. Well long story short I sifted for about 45 minutes finding a few colorful hemipristis and small makos before an Orange Angy appeared in front of my eyes in my screen. It's small, but colorful and in great shape. This hobby rocks ! ...
Thursday hunt turns up decent finds   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Thursday has come and gone the long waited day, time off work and fossil hunting fun. All my hunting buddy's were busy working or out of town sorry svillej,aeromike,mudkicker,ozzyrules. It was not the same no one to share the treasures that were coming from their watery graves that has housed them for millions of years. In the pics you will see a nice Angy a little of 2 inches, dolphin tooth, the find of the day for me was the posterior Meg. As I was on the way home I stoped by a new site and fo...
Singing the Hole in the Left Boot Blues   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I stood up from my desk the other day and declared "I'm going fossil hunting." Then I left and went fossil hunting. Its about a 10 minute walk from my house to my favorite spot, so I had some time to ponder the legalities of hunting fossils in Summerville and specifically how the spot I was walking towards would be affected. I have been hunting this spot for years, and now it ...

Upon further review   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

In keeping with the Super Bowl Week football theme, I was going thru my box of Summerville booty and found some interesting things that I forgot to post. Asmall fish vert that has a tumor attached. When I found it looked like a phosphate nodule was stuck to it, but it was part if the vert. The other good items were coporite, a little piece of jaw bone and a large Barracuda canine tooth.

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Super Bowl Week in Super Summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

My mid-winter trip to Summerville started by going to the Lowcountry Fossil Show at Cypress Gardens on January 26. After seeing old friends and fellow fossil collectors, I quickly made plans with Sharkdentist, Aeromike and Mudkicker for some serious digging. We went to a couple of lands sites, but only came up with a few small teeth. The rest of the week I was on my own. Saturday, January 31 was the next day we could all get out. I found my first Notornchus Primigeni...

Cold hunts in Summerville S.C   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The last couple weekends have been very busy for Svillej,Mudkicker, Ozzyrules, and myself. Over the last couple of weekends the I have scored not one but two Carcharoides Catticus a upper and lower white in color. The construction site not to be named has lead me to a Angy that messured in at 4 inches missing about 2/16th of a inch from the tip. Also found was some very cool bottles from the prohibition era. God Bless- Sharkdentist ...
My travels through time…Day 2 and 3 the Eocene and Oligocene   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Saturday morning we headed out and still the cold persisted. But there was hope, it was supposed to warm into the 40’s by afternoon. As always my goal at the Eocene exposures at LaFarge is to find my first Auriculatus. But again today it was not to...

Invertebrate Bonanza!   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

This was the coldest day I’ve hunted teeth on. I was told that they had dug out a new area and that is where I spent the day walking around. I ran into da fossz and showed off my sweet invertebrate finds! Then we started looking for good places to dig. After some trial and error we finally located some quality green cap to dig in. The green cap in this area was the thickest I’ve ever seen it in the quarry. I witnessed da fossz dig up...

While You Were Sleeping   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The first fossil hunt for me of 2009 was this weekend at LaFarge. It promised to be cold, dark (to start) and not much rain in past few weeks. So I got up at 5AM and trekked down to the SC Lowcountry for some collecting. I arrived about 6:45 and it was literally the crack of dawn. Speaking of that, I used date this girl who loved Sandra Bullock…..ooops wrong post. I entered the pit bundled up and strained my eyes to try to...

Aeromike Lafarge finds from last hunt of 2008 and 1st hunt of 2009   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Aeromike is new on the scene but is making a name for himself this is the last two hunts from Lafarge the last hunt in 2008 lead to one Ric and the first hunt of 09 lead two two Rics. Keep the finds coming....
Ozzyrules Ric from Lafarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well this post comes through me from Ozzyrules. Lafarge I have found out can be very cruel to the fossil hunter not on this day as Ozzyrules found the nicest Ric I have seen come out the pit. I hear Ozzyrules say "hey Herbi get aload of this Ric". Well at that moment I felt happy for him and very sick for me. ha ha. This Ric was so nice flawless that even the Lafarge employee's in the truck got out to take a look and even started hunting fossil's with us. Good job Ozzyrules and rememb...
The crew at Lafarge   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The crew in the photo's is svillej, sharkdentist, muddkicker, aeromike, and ozzyrules. The photo's were taken right after ozzyrules find his nice big RIC. Once agian thanks to the guys at Lafarge for allowing us to come in and hunt. In the photo from left to right is Aeromike, muddkicker, svillej, ozzyrules, and sharkdentist....
A Cold Hunt at Lafarge...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It was time to hunt Lafarge again...and it just happened to probably be one of the coldest days this winter. 21 degrees and I was fossil hunting... Well I wasn't alone...quite a few fossil hunters showed up. The Lafarge escorts split us up before departing into the mine."You can either go up or down" I decided since I went up last time that I was trying the other side down in the pit. Turns out that is where the majority of hunters went. The hunt was on moments later and we hit the hil...
fun times with friends in summerville   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
What a way to spend a day. I meet up with mudkicker around 5:30 am and we were on the way to summerville to meet up with Aeromike at 8 am. Well two creeks and a land site later the finds were great. A 1 1/2 inch squalodon tooth, 2 3/4 Angy, 3 3/4 inch Angy, A 2 inch arrow head, and a indian scraper. Aeromike was also lucky with a very nice Great White and a 4 1/2 inch Meg. ------- Hope to see alot of you guys at Lafarge in two weeks.
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Discovering a new spot...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
A Saturday off...what to do ? Well explore and look for a new dig spot..not that my others were at all bad, but I decided I needed a change. Off I went, walking, looking, probing...you name it. Then I came upon an area that was calling my name. I saw layer coming out of the side so in with the shovel I went. Rock and bone were abundant...teeth were not. I was almost ready to move on when I saw a root. I pulled on it and what do ya know...an Angy ! A Nice size 2-3/4 inch Colorful Summerville Angu...
A Summerville Sunday...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
It was cloudy Sunday with a chance of scattered showers, but I had already made plans to head up to Summerville and meet up with a fellow digger. We arrived at the site and I started to probe several spots. I decided to dig in an area where there was already some layer partially exposed. Within three minutes of digging a Megalodon fell in the hole. It was small at 2-1/8th inches long, but the teeth in this spot have nice colors so I knew it was going to be a nice one and it was in pretty good sh...
Meeting Brachiomyback   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Last week roving fossil extractor Brachiomyback was in my neighborhood so we got together for a little shark tooth hunting. This time of year is so great to hunt fossils weather-wise in South Carolina because its cool and the mosquitos are thinned from their summer swarms.

I only had a couple of hours to hunt but it was enough for us both to find some nice teeth.

Thanx B for the great hunt and sharing the goodies from some of your previou...

hemi penni.....   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

My work recently brought me to Charleston, South Carolina and I thought to myself, “Isn’t there another ‘famous’ city down there…. Hmmmm…. Summerville…lol”.  So I got in touch with Ditchweezil to see if he was up for a dig.  Luckily our schedules worked out so I arrived Friday, late-morning at a gas station he designated to meet at. 

After being “patted down” for any GPS devices, I put on the blindfold he brought, spun around ten times and...

Meeting Scubadoc   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Last weekend I had a chance to meet Scubadoc who was in Atlanta for some training. Normally, there are thousands of miles between him and me since he lives in Germany, but while he was in the US he drove to sunny South Carolina to meet me for a few hours hunting for shark teeth.

 He didn't get the angustidens or the six inch megalodon he was looking for, but he did get a nice Isurus desori. It wasn't the best day either of us ever had hunting fossil...

Return to a favorite spot...   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well it was Sunday and cooler so I decided I was going digging ! Upon getting no return calls from my fellow hunters...who apparantly were sleeping in and taking it easy... I was off to one of my favorite dig sites. I had a feeling as I was driving I was going to find something nice...you know the kind ! Upon arriving I noticed the past rains had caused an embankment to collapse so I grabbed my shovel and entered into dig mode. After about 30 minutes I hit a big stubborn whale bone and when I pu...
Hunting the Teeth of Extinct Monsters   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I can't think of a better thing to do on Halloween than cozying up to the teeth of long dead monsters. I'm lucky enough to call Summerville, SC my home and there are fossil shark teeth to be found all over the place. One of my favorite spots just happened to get an opportune drenching last week and I was there with my son to pick up the goodies that washed out of my favorite creek. It was a successful day for both of us - I managed to get a really nice great white tooth, my second in tw...

Lafarge Mud Pit   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Sorry it took so long for me to get this post up but it’s better late then never. 

The day started off with us getting to the mine about 45 min before going in saying to ourselves that it was going to be a mud pit in there with all the rain that ...

Octoberfest 2008--Found and almost lost   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
October 8th finally came and we arrived back in the lowcountry for 10 days of digging and some good old R&R. I hunted alone for a few days until the weekend and was joined by sharkdentist and mudkicker. I  rained from Friday until Sunday and the creeks were high and not fossil digging friendly. We did manage a few teeth but switched to land sites to change our luck. The rest of the week brought a few nice makos, angys and small megs. With great ...
After Lafarge hunt   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
After Lafarge hunt came with a hunt in summerville with ozzyrules, svillej,and mudkicker. The hunt was awesome with a 1 3/4 inch nice color giant thresher one huge piece of whale bone. Also was able to score some nice hemi's and one shamer Angy. Can not wait to get back up with the guys and hunt agian get your post up guys..............
Lafarge hunt has come and gone   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
The Lafarge trip has come and gone and hopefully taken with it the cold and rain with it. As always myself, mudkicker,svillej,ozzyrules,meet up at toothhoover house to get the plans as to what time we were gonna meet etc. Well right on time everyone meet at my place on the river to head to the hunt the next morning and boy it was raining and raining hard I found myself thinking should I go ahead and call and order my tray at the hospital because I am sure I would be there with pneumonia ha ha. W...
Treasures Amidst the Bloodthirsty   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

The rain has been falling without end here in Summerville, South Carolina. I've been taking every opportunity to get out and hunt for shark teeth in my favorite dank holes. The yellow ditch is at the top of my list after a good drenching and the mosquitoes know it. As soon as I opened the door of my truck, I heard their buzzing descending on me like bombers. I was fully prepared for their onslaught with long sleeves and a dew rag under my hat to protect my neck. I began picking up handf...

October 2007 and the sound that we hate   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
I' catching up on old trips with my new found posting skills thanks to DW and Sharkdentist's help. As you know fossils rarely come easy. I was digging in an area that was producing a lot of teeth and bones and had a feeling something good had to be hidden in that murky water and clay. Shovel after shovel filled my screen but nothing big. Then it happened, "clunk" that sound of steel shovel meeting something big. I reached into the hole and pulled out t...
pics from one little, two little, three little Angy post   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
pics from one little, two little, three little Angy post
One little, two little, three little Angy's   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well let me start by saying I am sick of rain and mud. I thought it would be a fun time to come down to the low country for some fossil hunting. I spoke with a buddy of mine and he said he and his son would meet me at my place around 5:00 pm Friday afternoon. Well just like clock work he was on time. We had the idea to hunt a area in the chandler bridge formation, as soon as we arrived the rain came and it came hard. After a brief stay in the car the rain slacked up and off hunting we went. I wa...
Carolina Pride   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I was cleaning out my My Documents folder today and I came across a neat photo that I never shared. Remember last year when I had the contest to design a t-shirt? I tried myself before the contest to come up with a design but I never succeeded. One of my ideas was to arrange teeth from every shark species I had from South Carolina en masse on a piece of posterboard. A couple of t-shirt designers took a look at the photo and said there was no way it would turn out becau...

My First Tropical Storm Fossil Hunt   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

I never hunted after a tropical storm before. There were a lot of teeth! I found so many I didn't even know I found the nice angy until after I got home.

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Banana Hanna Fo Fanna   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Tropical Storm Hanna was bearing down on South Carolina as I sat with my family at Taco Bell in awe of how hard it was raining. We couldn't see my wife's car parked just across the sidewalk. The streets were flooding everywhere. Then the band of showers passed and the sun peeked through the swiftly moving, low clouds. And the rain had been falling off and on like that all day long!  The weezling and I drooled in anticipation of finding large serrated objects in the morning afte...

It's raining Angy's and benedeni   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Well here is the set up I arrive to my house on the Edisto river Saturday night. I am suppose to meet ozzyrules for some diving on the edisto Sunday and Monday. Ozzyrules shows up Sunday morning at 8 am right on time. We head out to our spot on the river and I just realized that I had totally forgot about the rains all this past week and the current was not gonna let this happen. So off to some of my favorite spots around Summerville to hunt As you can see from the pics it turned out great on th...
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