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Finally! It's warm in Venice.

At least the freakin' air was warm. But, a sissy's collection of fossils is easy to pick out and I am tired of being that guy so I decided to "Man Up" and brave the fridgid waters of the Gulf of Mexico early in April. There is a buoy or something in the inlet that posts the water temperature online which I have access to and I also have the knowledge that its much colder on the bottom out near the bone yard than what the buoy says but sometimes you just have to go for it. Not alone of course. If I am going to teeter between paleo-euphoria and hypothermia I want company. My buddy Jeff was willing...and it payed off pretty big for both of us. We did three days of diving. Four tanks each the first two days and three on the last day. I think I just now warmed up. Did I mention the water was cold? We found quite a bit. Some stuff very nice and some stuff not so nice. I found my three biggest meg teeth yet. One nearly six inches and two around five and quarter inches. The biggest one is pretty worn but the other two are pretty nice for Venice teeth. Jeff was a little frustrated as he had not found anything big or really exceptional. Until the last dive of the last day he found what I think is the best Megalodon tooth I have ever seen. It seems to be perfect. Actually, I stared at it for a good half an hour and it is perfect. There is not a ding anywhere on that tooth.

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Location Sarasota County, Florida, USA

ID3656
MemberToofless
Date Added5/10/2010

This would have been over 6 inches if it wasn't so worn.
My nicest meg over 5 inches...yet.
This would have been a killer if not for the enamel peel.
Still has a pretty good tip.
Average Venice meg. A little nicked up.
We found many nice smaller species teeth like this sand tiger.
A cool little posterior.
A trips worth cleaned up.
Jeff's find.
Holy Moly thats nice.
I can't get enough of that thing.
  

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Comments
all I can say is shamwow!! - 5/11/2010
Reviewer : Govinn from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
Awesome teeth man!! I can't believe all that from a trip. I can't wait to get certified this summer!! Thanks for sharing and Jeff's tooth is perfect!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Wowza - 5/11/2010
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Nice haul! Jeff's tooth is simply beautiful too. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

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Awesome! - 5/11/2010
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
First trip report from Florida in 13 months and it was worth the wait! Jeff's Meg is definitely perfect! Definitely some great finds, I agree with Govinn, I need to get certified soon! Congrats on the finds! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

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Thanks guys! - 5/11/2010
Reviewer : Toofless from
Total Rating : No Rating
I have fossil hunted a few different ways and I think diving is the best. It's quite, no cell phones, its not hot, no horse flies or mosquitos, etc. I am planning on this weekend so I will post a report. A year between Florida posts is unacceptable!
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Nice Dive - 5/12/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
I am looking forward to eventually diving myself. Great finds! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

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The Mother Load - 5/14/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
You guys really cleaned up...must have used a vacuum cleaner to suck the bottom clean! How deep is it to the bottom? Are you bothered by any sharks? What is visibility like down on the bottom? Awesome finds - congrats to both of you. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

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Daryl - 5/22/2010
Reviewer : Toofless from
Total Rating : No Rating
It is between 18 and 30 feet off Venice. I have never seen a shark while diving there but I always have my eyes glued to the bottom so I probably would not notice one anyway. Venice is probably the easiest of the fossil dives. Very little current. Visibility is usually 5 to 10 feet which is plenty and sometimes its very clear. The bottom is covered with fossil material and shells so you don't usually get board. There are a bunch of videos posted showing the bottom out there so you could search it on youtube I bet.
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