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Vertebrae Heaven and a catfish friend

Well I headed to the river today to check out a new diving spot.  You never know if the spot will turn out to be a honey hole or dud.  The visibity was ideal and the water a bit cool.  I started on a sand bar which rarely produces and thus I worked my way around it hoping to find some gravel or layer.  It wasn't long before I found some gravel and layer and was putting junk in my bag.  I was finding bullets (some older than others), bullet shells, and even some change.  Fossils were few and far between.  I did run into a nice 2" Angustidens which gave me some hope to continue.  As I moved forward I caught something move out of the top of my mask.  I looked up to find about a 1 1/2 foot catfish holding position in the current likely waiting for something yummy to float down to him.  Well, he didn't expect me, but he didn't seem to startled either.  As I moved along side of him searching he eventually moved off as if frustrated someone took his spot.

After a few small teeth and a whale vertebrae or two, I found a shark vertebrae.  Then another.  Then I found a few sticking out of some layer.  I began to fan and fan some more until almost 40 shark vertebrae lay in my bag.  I fanned the area hopeing the vertebrae mark the grave of an old shark with big teeth to no avail. 

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Location Colleton County, South Carolina, USA

ID3846
MemberDeloiVarden
Date Added11/2/2010

  

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cool finds! - 11/2/2010
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
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nice tooth! any old coins?
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Well... - 11/2/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
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$2.47 in modern coins. Someone forgot to empty there pockets before their river outing.
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- 11/3/2010
Reviewer : Govinn from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
Hey DV. thanks for the report! It would be awesome to stack the verts together and see how much of the spine you can recreate. if you've done that how about taking a pic and adding it to this post. I could imagine how excited you were thinking that there was a mouth full of teeth at the end of those verts. I'm sorry it didn't turn out that way. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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shark grave... nice. - 11/3/2010
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 10
thanks for the post.. cool stuff. ain't it called noodling when you catch catfish using your hand as bait. ha... should have noodled that bad boy and fried up some catfish nuggets. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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vert and cat - 11/4/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
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I thought about stacking the vert, but I know at least two of the vert were no longer in the marl with the rest since I found them downstream. So no telling how many had already gone further downstream than I looked. That catfish did look kind of tasty and I like fried catfish as much as the next guy, but I though I would stop the food chain there. If I had bagged him, I probably would have been eaten by a gator before the end of that dive.
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Wow - 11/4/2010
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
Thats a lot of verts, and a pretty tooth to boot. How late do you keep diving in the river? Isnt the water getting cold? Content Quality : 10 of 10

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How low can I go? - 11/4/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
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I will dive until it is just not comfortable anymore. Since this is my first year diving, I am not sure how cold I can go. Some sources say about 55 degrees with thick full suite, booties, gloves, and hood. Anything too much beyond that and I will likely need a dry suit. I think the water temperatures are in the mid 60's now and though it is noticeably colder, I seem to be doing okay. I am not sure how cold the water temps get, but figure it is different for the swamp fed rivers verses the reservoir fed rivers here. I hope to be diving at least through the end of November, maybe later! It helps now that the air temps midday are running in the 60's and 70's. It will likely be more difficult when I come out of the water and am greeted with 40 degree air temps.
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shark verts - 11/7/2010
Reviewer : svillej from Pennsylvania United States
Total Rating : 10
That's an incredible number of verts on one dive. Great tooth also. We have switched to drysuits here in Pa. and did the annual underwater pumpkin carving last Thursday. Water temp 48 degrees on the platform at 30 ft. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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underwater pumpkin carving? - 11/7/2010
Reviewer : DeloiVarden from South Carolina United States
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Sounds like an interesting tradition? My dive today was uneventful, so won't post, however found more vert and bone. I think the temp around 60 as it was very cold. Didn't help to come out of the water to a 42 degree air temp, but sounds like you guys are used to worse. Keep having fun!
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