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The price of fossil hunting....

Boat $22,000

New truck to pull boat $28,000

A trip like this one priceless!

The traffic is always terrible coming home on Friday afternoons before a holiday so I decided it would be a good day to head south to the bay. The night before I had packed my fossil collecting equipment, my fishing gear and an air mattress and sleeping bag so I could just spend the night on the boat. Oh, did I mention I now have a new fossil collecting machine? After many months of trying to decide on what would be best I purchased a 21' Carolina Skiff. Even though it's a rather big boat it only takes 8" of water to float so I get get it right up to the shore. A benefit that will be more appreciated as the water gets cold this fall. But I digress.... I arrived at the cliffs just after low tide so I hurriedly put the boat into the water to get to my collecting spot before the water became to high.

I started at my favorite spot but there just wasn't much showing up on the beach. The only thing good was that there weren't any footprints and no one is sight. I continued past where I normally hunt because I remembered that earlier this year there was a section that just looked Meggy further down the beach. As I continued the teeth started showing up. Some Tigers, a Mako and finally a small Meg not what I was looking for, but it was a good start. The fossils just kept coming after that, another Mako and then another Meg . Just after I found my second Meg I looked in the wash and saw what I knew had at one time been a BIG Meg. I snapped a quick couple shots while I started to say repeatedly "Oh please be whole..please be whole!!" I slipped my finger under the tooth and slowly lifted up. I could see from the sand rising it was mostly there. I picked it up and gave it a quick rinse...that's when it hit me....I just had found what will probably be my biggest and most perfect Meg from the bay that I will ever find. I knew right away that it was way bigger than my old best Meg that measures 3 15/16". I felt my legs starting to shake so I sat it down and snapped a few more shots while I could still hold the camera still. When I got home it measured at 4 15/16". The feeling was priceless and so is that tooth. At least to me it is!!

 



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Location Calvert County, Maryland, USA

ID3759
Memberobsessed1
Date Added7/19/2010

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Comments
An absolute beauty !! - 7/19/2010
Reviewer : Flex68 from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
That sweet Mako, alone, would have been nice enough to be a 'trip maker.' With that stunning Meg, though..... Wow!! Definitely a killer tooth, man ! And I can't even see that there is a single serration missing Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10
What a great find !

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
VOTE! Agree  Disagree  3 of 3 voters agreed.

W O W - 7/19/2010
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
That tooth is amazing! It has to be one of the most perfect teeth I've ever seen. Congrats! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
VOTE! Agree  Disagree  1 of 1 voters agreed.

Best of the Best - 7/19/2010
Reviewer : brsr0131 from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
I've seen this tooth in person and pictures dont do it justice! One of the best that I've seen from the bay. Congrats again!!!!!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
VOTE! Agree  Disagree  1 of 1 voters agreed.

Amazing! - 7/19/2010
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
I need to get up there! Congats! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Best of the Best - 7/19/2010
Reviewer : brsr0131 from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
I've seen this tooth in person and pictures dont do it justice! One of the best that I've seen from the bay. Congrats again!!!!!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Wow! - 7/20/2010
Reviewer : Greg S from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Awesome teeth! Especially this time of year, makes the heat worth it. You never know what you'll find on the bay, but that is surely a trip to remember. I need to get a boat, Congrats! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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SuperHero - 7/20/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Kevin, congrats again - awesome tooth! I can't believe how big the root is on that tooth as well! Keep em' comin'. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Good Stuff! - 7/20/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
Sounds and looks like you had a great time. You found yourself some beautiful specimen! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Good Stuff! - 7/20/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
Sounds and looks like you had a great time. You found yourself some beautiful specimen! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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WOW - 7/21/2010
Reviewer : sg9 from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
WOW! Awesome find. Reminds me of the tooth at the start of the Calvert Cliffs exhibit at the Marine Museum in Solomons that my kids are always trying to pry out of that post. Makes me want to buy a boat. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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- 7/21/2010
Reviewer : Chris from
Total Rating : 10
Speechless Kevin...big congrats on a GREAT DAY!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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Thanks! - 7/24/2010
Reviewer : obsessed1 from Maryland United States
Total Rating : No Rating
Thanks for all the kind words. I still look at that tooth every morning and night and sometimes even during the day. I still have trouble believing that I was lucky enough to find it.
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- 7/27/2010
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 10
Awesome tooth. congrats. what a great find!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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