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Surprise Guests and a Trip to Remember   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
After our hearty meal at the ultimate restaurant, we headed off to the porno ditches. Roy took the smaller ditch, and Ed and I shared the big one. We picked up a few teeth here and there, but nothing great. We had a few moments where excitement piqued as we dug megs out of the layer, but none were whole and it quickly faded. Ed commented that he had always heard stored about people digging teeth right out of the layer when they saw the root sticking out, but had never experienced it first-hand. ...
The mud teaches me a lesson   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
Since daylight saving time started this week, so did my after work fossil hunting expeditions. With all the rain who could blame me? I went out to superpit with high expectations. The last time I went out there (I didn't do a trip report because I didn't get a chance to find anything. There were rednecks with automatic weapons shooting blindly into the pit. I left not wanting any extra holes) we noted some serious possibilities because of some intense digging. Well, I hit the edges first. Big pi...
Pride and Pestilence   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
With all the rain this week, today was sure to be a banner day. I woke up early and went to the big ditch to find any obvious stuff. Someone had already beat me there, though, so it was an hour wasted. The water level had overflowed the banks of the ditch and had washed many trees into the stream, as well as filling the bottom with sand. Unfortunate as it was, I found out later that loads of good teeth were found later in the day. No matter, I had other plans. thA duDe showed up at 7 and we head...
Pride and Pestilence   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA
We didn't drive back to Superpit with the intention of digging. Instead, we only wanted to pick up the fossils rinsed out by the rain. We biked back and walked the hills and ditch in about 30 minutes. There weren't many teeth, and we knew there wouldn't be, but I found my best tooth of the day back there. Then it was time to go home. Thus ended the 8 hour 2thin marathon. Not that we didn't want to do more, but with as many people who are hunting nowadays, it would have been tough to find another...
Pride and Pestilence   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Pride and Pestilence
2 " Angustidens Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
2 " Angustidens Shark Tooth
1 5/8" Squalodon incisor   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
1 5/8" Squalodon incisor
2 5/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2 5/16" Mako Shark Tooth
A quick run to the flood zone   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
After yesterday's huge rainstorm, pretty much everyplace with a fossil layer is going to be producing. I had a few minutes to kill, and since I was in the area, I stopped by the porno network. The water was still high, but I found a few teeth sticking out of the edges....
Huge Potential!   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Tha duDe met me early this afternoon and for a change, we hit the Bell first. I love that place. Its fossil fuel! So we drove out to the new top secret spot as far as we could, and then we did the rest by bike. The roads were so muddy that we could barely pedal, but we were determined. We met a guy last week who said he found several megs out here, one over 6 inches. We wanted 6 inch megs, so we were willing to work, and work we did. It was about 50 degrees, rainy, windy, and basically misera...

A birthday dig in solitude   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

I took the day off today for my birthday dig. Since it fell on a weekday, there was no one else to go with me, so I had to hunt in solitude. Its all good though, because to get to superpit, I had to carry along the mountain bike. Its down several miles of muddy, country roads, and there's no way I could get my truck back there. It was a gorgeous day - 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Plus, there was a slight breeze so I barely got hot on the ride. But, riding a bike with big boots on wa...

2" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
1 3/8" Pathologic Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
1 3/8" Pathologic Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
Another good fossil day thanks to the rains   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

We had a nice drenching rain yesterday and that makes collecting pretty good. ThA duDe and I had already planned on going, but we planned to go at 10 so we could sleep in. Tha duDe just moved this week, and he doesn't have a phone yet, so I couldn't get ahold of him to tell him to get here earlier so we could pillage the Big Ditch before we went out to Superpit. I checked what time sunrise was before I went to bed last night and told myself that I wouldn't set an alarm, but if I woke up early...

Another good fossil day thanks to the rains   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Our plans for the day were originally to go to Superpit, but we decided that it was too muddy and we went to the porno complex instead. We got out of the truck and saw how high the water had gotten and we just knew we were gonna rack. That is, until we got into the ditch and saw someone else's footprints there! Our secret spot is secret no longer. It was only a matter of time until someone else found it, but somehow I hoped it would be a little longer. No matter, the person who beat us there...

Spring 2003 Aurora, NC - Day 2 - PCS   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

We arose around 6 to find that it had rained again while we slept. If we were ever going to find something great at PCS, today would be the day. We were the first group in (besides the teachers that I mentioned yesterday, anyway) and it had rained buckets since the last serious collectors had hit the collecting area. We arrived in the parking lot a little after 7 where we talked to people and picked up a few teeth off the ground just in case! I met all kinds of new people that day, as well as...

Spring 2003 Aurora, NC - Day 2 - PCS   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA
Spring 2003 Aurora, NC - Day 2 - PCS
2 1/8" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This was my first surprise tooth of the day. I was just walking along turning over and breaking clods of dirt and this popped out of one....
2 7/8" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
I found this after about 5 minutes after I started digging in the Yorktown formation. Its got a little ding in the root, but the tooth is so beautiful otherwise that I really don't care....
1 7/8" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This was the gem of the day. I found it within 6 inches of the 2 7/8 incher I found today....
1 1/2" Sand Tiger Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Carcharias taurus
1 1/2" Sand Tiger Shark Tooth
3/4" Cow Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Notorynchus primigenius
3/4" Cow Shark Tooth
1 5/8" Snaggletooth Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Hemipristis serra
1 5/8" Snaggletooth Shark Tooth
2 1/2" Megalodon Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon
2 1/2" Megalodon Shark Tooth
1 5/8" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
1 5/8" Broad Toothed Mako Shark Tooth
1 3/8" Snaggletooth Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Hemipristis serra
A beautiful pungo tooth...
3/4" Upper Cow Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Notorynchus primigenius
To date, this is the best Cow shark tooth I've found. Fabulous preservation!...
3/8" Cow Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Notorynchus primigenius
When I found this tooth, I was satisfied that my hunt had been successful. Everything else I found was gravy after this one. When I found it, I was in the most intense part of my search. My nose was literally a foot from the ground!...
1/2" Cow Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Notorynchus primigenius
This was among the last teeth I found today, and its one of the rarest teeth in my collection. Its an upper anterior cow shark tooth - the one right next to the parasymphesial. It wasn't on top of the pile, either. I found it raking, and I nearly missed it. Glad I didn't! Its a total drooler for a tooth dork like me!...
Spring 2003 Aurora, NC - Day 1 - The spoil pile   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

Da f0ssZ and I got spots to go into PCS on Sunday, and we thought that it would be cool to leave a couple hours early so we could arrive in NC while it was still light so we could hit the Cox crossroads spoil piles. The ride up was 5 hours of gleeful anticipation at what would await us at the piles AND at the mine on Sunday when we would be the first group to walk the hallowed ground. Our spirits were lifted when nearly every river we drove over was flooded above their banks. That could only ...

Rain turns me into a fossil hunting animal   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

For the 3rd day in a row, I spent my lunch hour hunting teeth. Today it was the Big Ditch's turn to feed my crack-esque craving. Yesterday when I drove by, I saw that it had plenty of water in it, and I considered getting up early this morning to be there when the sun rose. My wife gave me a weird look, though, so I resigned myself to going at lunch. To my horror, when I arrived I saw another car. Someone else had the same idea that I did. As I walked along the top of the ditch, though, I did...

Tapir Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Tapirus veroensis
Tapir Tooth
Lunch stealth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Today's weather was awful - rainy, windy, and cold. The perfect day for toothin! Lunch rolled around, and I had my choice of places to go. With all the rain today, almost all the spots will be nice. I decided to go to a spot I haven't hunted in a while. A couple weeks ago, a couple friends went with me out there to go muddin'. I think that's a southern thing, so here's what's involved for those of you who have never had the pleasure. You find a spot that's nice and muddy. You take your 4-whee...

Another good lunch haul   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Man, the porno network is really producing nicely lately. We had a nice rain last Sunday, and today was the first chance I had to get out there. Almost everything is beat up, but its still fun picking up so many teeth in so little time. I didn't have time for Taco Bell because my employer likes it when I put in a whole day's work, but I trucked in the Chef Boyardee and it was all good.

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A productive hour   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

The stuff I found today at lunch. Not too shabby! I may have to hunt the other porno ditch tomorrow.

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Great potential at a new spot   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

On a hot tip, I combed a rural hunt club to find a new (to me, anyway) pit. Since the gate was locked, I ended up having to walk. I ran into lots of hunters, though, and they were able to point me in the right direction. By the time I got there, though, I already had blisters on both heels. I was there to hunt, though, and hunt I did. I walked all over the thing, picking up teeth all along the way. I started digging one hole and found the killer mako. I probed around for another place, and af...

1 15/16" Broad Toothed Mako shark tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
This was the first good tooth I found at the new spot. Great colors!...
A break in the drought   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Today, almost the whole gang got together for a trip to Candyland. There had been a lot of work done since we last came out, but still, 2/3 of the area was huntable. Of course, we hunted the edges first since that's where the new stuff is eroding out. Then after that, though, its off to the middle of the pond where there are deposits spread out all over the place. In most places there are islands of Wando Formation resting atop a sea of dark grey Chandler Bridge. The rain pummeled the whole a...

A break in the drought   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

DW kept the fossil brethern in suspense all week as to our chance of getting in. It looked bleak, but at the last minute, he secured a trip to Candyland. We collected on spread out material and new spoil piles. Everyone left with a prize. My best finds include a P. Benedini and a C. Carcharias. Another good collecting day at Candyland.

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A break in the drought   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
A break in the drought
1 5/8" Giant Thresher Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Alopias grandis
1 5/8" Giant Thresher Tooth
1 5/8" Great White Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
1 5/8" Great White Shark Tooth
2" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
2" Benedeni Shark Tooth
A decent hour's worth of teeth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

We had a little rain this week, and I went to the porno ditch complex to look around and see if anything washed out. I found out they dug the ditches a little deeper, and the rainfall we had wasn't enough to raise the water level where it would erode the layer. I did find a few teeth, but it'll take more rain to create the kind of haul I KNOW this place can produce.

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Squalodon Jaw Fragment   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
Squalodon Jaw Fragment
I want rain!!!   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Yesterday, I noticed that, in addition to the new ditch, the county had cleaned out the porno ditch, too. Today, I decided to walk it and see if there were any teeth hanging out of the edge. On the way, I stopped at Taco Bell, so even if I didn't find anything, at least I had a good lunch. For the first time, I walked to the end of the ditch so now I know where it goes. The ditch has layer all over the bottom, and with the cleaning, now has layer hanging out of the edge. I didn't find much in...

A nice lunch hunt   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

OK, so today I was driving around looking for new places at lunchtime and I was scoping the area around the porno ditch. From the road, I spied another ditch and I immediately pulled over, donned the boots, and jumped down into the ditch. As I walked along its banks, I became disappointed because there was no layer exposed. I almost gave up when I spotted a little outcrop of rocks starting to show from the bottom of the ditch. The layer started to rise and get thick and I started salivating. ...

7/16" Tiger Shark   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo contortus
I found this one shifting from the bucket of chandler I took home. Its the symphyseal position of the tiger shark and this one is a perfect little tooth....
3 5/8" Megalodon Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles megalodon
Here's the first complete meg I found at the porno ditch. It’s a little worn, but the crown is a yellowish-brown marbled color. It has nice serrations, too. It has a tiny ding on the right root lobe, but you can only see it from the back....
2 5/8" Horse Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Equus sp.
This is about the best horse tooth I've ever found. Besides for a few dings, it is complete. That's rare for pleistocene fossils around here. Normally, horse teeth are badly worn and broken, but somehow, this one escaped nearly unscathed....
A good way to start the year   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

On a hot tip from one of thA duDe's friends, I went to check out this creek in Charleston at lunch last week. There was gravel all over the bottom, but the water was so filthy that I couldn't see. That place will have to be sifted. On a hunch, I decided to walk the creek back into the woods. I came across a new housing development :-) They dug a pond right next to the creek and its banks were literally covered with gravel. I walked it as well as the piles and the field where much of other pil...

Still looking for a new spot   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

With our failure on Monday and the complete clensing of the ditch yesterday, we needed a new spot. We tried to get into this one new place but this guy wouldn't let us in. 2th ho0ver told us to call him today sometime if we wanted to go, so we did. We went out to one of his old haunts - this gigantic canal out near Jedburg. We walked and walked, but there were no fossils to be found. Finally, when we reached the other end (near a road) we found loads of the good stuff - gravel all over the bo...

1 1/4" Long-Finned Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus retroflexus
1 1/4" Long-Finned Mako Shark Tooth
1 3/8" Sand Tiger Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharias taurus
I wish I had remembered my camera when I found this tooth. It was hanging from the chandler bridge by the blade when I found it. Had it been submerged a few minutes more, it would have been rinsed away possibly never to be seen again. It’s a gorgeous specimen, too! Not a flaw to be found. Pretty good for 30 million years old, huh?...
2" Angustidens Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
I found this tooth about 20 feet downstream from the killer sand tiger I found today. This tooth, too, was just barely hanging onto the chandler bridge pedestal that the currents had carved for it, but it was still submerged when I found it. It, too, is without flaw. That chandler bridge is some GREAT stuff!...
A Christmas drenching   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

As an extra little holiday present to us, mother nature poured out her goodness all day Christmas Eve. I know we had 3 inches or more. The ditch is the place to go when that happens. Anyway, its never good to go the day after a heavy rain - the water is still too deep and cloudy, and the only stuff to be found is generally not worth flooding the boots with icy ditch water. Plus, the next day was Christmas! Who in their right minds would go out collecting on Christmas? It was out of the questi...

The short day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today the whole gang got together for a little holiday foray into the world of fossils. Years ago, da f0ssZ used to score teeth in this creek, and today he wanted to revisit. We went in where he used to, and we dug around for about an hour with no luck, so we decided to go somewhere else. Since I did so well at the office ditch last week, that was our target. We always start off with such enthusiasm, but after about 2 hours no one found anything good and we decided to call it quits. 2 spots w...

2 5/8" Mako Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
2 5/8" Mako Shark Tooth
The end of a spot??   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We've been hitting the new spot all week, and today we beat it to a pulp. We had 6 people there digging, and it wasn't long before the edges were nearly vertical! Any more access to the layer would require digging off several feet of overburden, so the opportunity cost (to apply a little toothin economics) becomes too great. It all ended with no one finding a meg, but t$ did manage to find a sweet mako. There is still some undug ditch way in the back, but it will have to wait until I'm workin...

Another Peach   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Since my last post, the Crazy Canuck and I have been digging in this ditch right across the street from our office. We could have actually walked, but its tough to carry all the tools across 4 lanes of traffic. So we've been doing the lazy American thing and driving the 50 yards. Anyway, Tuesday and Wednesday, we didn't really find much. He hit a little pocket of teeth yesterday where he found a nice meg chunk, several broken teeth, and one nice angustidens. I kept the faith, though, and I kept ...
Everything is progressing as I have forseen   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Today I went digging back at the golf course for an hour during lunch. I found those 3 meg pieces really close together last Saturday, and I just had a hunch that there would be more there. I just kept peeling back the edge a little further where I had dug Saturday. I had dug for a length of about 20 feet, and it was almost time to go. On one of the last digs, I peeled back a little layer and exposed the root and part of the blade. I so wish I had my camera! Anyway, I carefully extracted it a...

Almost a killer day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

Tha duDe and I met up with 2th h0oveR this morning at the crack of dawn with the promise of a new spot to hunt. It was a beautiful day, but man, it was COLD! We followed h0ov to the new spot and parked. There was nothing in sight. A short walk through the woods later, and we saw the glory. A little, overgrown ditch dug right down to the layer. There were white rocks all over the bottom and I just KNEW that there was nice stuff here somewhere. We'd have to dig, but it would eventually be worth...

Almost a killer day   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA

We decided to go try some other spots. Why waste all day at one place if you're not finding anything? We investigated another old ditch, but it was so overgrown that you couldn't find anything in it. After a trip to Taco Bell, We finally ended up over at the Golf Course. We spent the rest of the day there, and again my spirit was crushed by broken megs. Why couldn't these sharks be more careful?? I didn't dig the wall back but 6 inches or so, though, so I'll bet there are more teeth to be fou...

The illness and the payoff   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

This is the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The first day was Thanksgiving, and of course, there was to be no fossil hunting that day. The second day was for me to finish my privacy fence that I started 3 months ago. Today was set aside for hunting teeth. In a perfect world, that would have been great. But, since this is not a perfect world, I caught the Flu last Monday. Its been getting progressively worse all week, and I've plodded along like everything is normal. I did the family thing o...

The illness and the payoff   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Most of the teeth were found by surface collecting. Quite a few broken halves and drooling over the other great finds of the day. Ditch scored the King of Candyland Angys, and I began to collect with new vigor. I thought I was being punished for the 5 minute fossil collecting delay. Early in the day I toppled a large coffee and was subsequently verbally berated by my fossil collecting brethren for loss of collecting time. In my fossil fury, I spotted a corner of root and a cusplet. After us...

The illness and the payoff   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
The illness and the payoff
2" mako tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus desori
A sweet mako...
2 5/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Isurus desori
2 5/16" Mako Shark Tooth
1 1/4" Snaggletooth shark tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Hemipristis serra
A beautiful specimen found right in the Chandler Bridge...
5/8" Oligocene Thresher Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Alopias hermani
5/8" Oligocene Thresher Shark Tooth
2 1/2" Angustidens Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
2 1/2" Angustidens Shark Tooth
4 1/8" Angustidens Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
This is another of those teeth I'll never forget finding. I was wearing my glasses because my eyes were all messed up from the flu, so I could barely see. I was walking down the road that is around the perimeter of the pond, and I spotted this thing sticking straight out of the ground. My first thought is always "Please be whole", but I controlled my jubiliation and took a picture of it in the ground for future generations to behold ;-) This thing is glorious! 4 1/8" long, 3 1/2" wide and comple...
1" Oligocene Benedeni   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
t$ found this scarce little beauty today. They don't get much bigger than this, though, so I guess little isn't the correct choice of words there. This tooth is in flawless condition - perfect root, blade, cusps, and tip....
2 1/8" Benedeni Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
2 1/8" Benedeni Shark Tooth
1/2" Hammerhead shark tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Sphryna laevissima
A perfect specimen...
9/16" Extinct Tiger Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo aduncus
A beautifully colored specimen...
In search of another place to hunt   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

This morning thA duDe and I went out in search of new spots. I got a lead from this guy about a ditch that was recently dredged where another person found a 5” tooth lying out. We were going to go last weekend, but the spot we chose instead turned out to be pretty good. We found the ditch and the spoil piles, but it was not what we had hoped. I had visions of so many megalodon teeth that we couldn’t pick them all up. Instead, we found a few dinky, cruddy little teeth and some fragments of tee...

A new, unbelievably rich spot   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

thA duDe and I had some difficulty deciding where to go today. You see, for the first time in our toothin history, we had more than one new spot to check out. One I found out about, and one thA duDe found. We decided on duDe's place because he said it had Chandler Bridge, and the presence of that layer is a huge bonus because of the pristine angustidens teeth that can be found. We arrived, and even though the weather called for rain, it hadn't started yet. We excitedly made our way down into ...

A new, unbelievably rich spot   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
A new, unbelievably rich spot
1 5/8" Great white shark tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
A nice little great white....
1 1/8" Extant Tiger Shark tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Galeocerdo cuvier
This is the biggest tiger shark tooth I've ever seen! Its 1 1/4" wide....
1 3/16" Great White Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharodon carcharias
1 3/16" Great White Shark Tooth
1 1/2" Oligocene Parotodus Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Parotodus benedeni
At first, I thought this was a Mako, but it looked so much like a benedeni that I needed a second opinion. I took it to an expert and he confirmed my suspicion that it was a parotodus. On top of that, he said it was the Oligocene variety which is very rare. Finally, its HUGE for that time....
2 3/16" Angustidens Shark tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
A flawless, beautifully colored angy directly from the Chandler Bridge. The bourlette on this tooth is amazing!...
2 1/4" Auriculatus Shark Tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
I am still in shock that I found this tooth where I did. I was at a site only a few miles from the ocean, and there was an Eocene layer exposed! This tooth came right out of it, and is definitely the most unexpected find of the day. Even more stunning is its condition. I've hunted the quarries inland for these teeth, and to date, I still haven't found a perfect one. I'll take 'em how I can get 'em, though....
1 1/2" Squalodon Incisor   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Squalodon atlanticus
A nice little whale tooth. The enamel is in great shape and the entire root is intact. Its tough to find these complete from the Wando formation. They are normally destroyed when they are reworked....
2 5/8" Crocodile tooth   Charleston County, South Carolina, USA - Gavailosuchus carolinensis
This is the best croc tooth I've ever found. It has much of the root intact, and the cap is perfect. I seldom see these with any root attached at all. What a prize!...
An Unexpected Megalodon   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

Dude! I love the rain. Well, its not the rain so much that I love as it is what the rain does: erode the layer. Since Monday when I found that insane angy, I've been at the Big Ditch either before work or during lunch everyday. Yesterday and Tuesday I really didn't find much, but today I found enough to make a post. When I got out there, I met the county workers who maintain that ditch, and today was the day they were to clean the downed trees out of the channel. I'm very appreciative of that...

Vindication!   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA

I wrote this massive post yesterday about how much fun I had on my trip to Aurora, but still I had this empty feeling. I had no tooth to carry around and caress while I watch tv. A day of toothing with no payoff is tough to bear. While I was in church, though, it rained like crazy yesterday morning. I knew that there had been 3 rains since I had hunted the Big Ditch, so the chance of success there would be high. I set my alarm for early this morning and headed off to the mosquito infested hal...

PCS and a Road Trip to Remember   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

This last saturday, my wife, thA duDe, da f0ssZ, j of the golden shovel, mrs. of the golden shovel, and I went to Aurora. But when you live in SC, you don't just "go" to Aurora. There is 6 hours of driving involved. ROAD TRIP! Our first noteworthy stop came in the Myrtle Beach Fuddruckers. If you've never heard of it, its the best burger joint anywhere in my opinion. We parked and saw two Klingons smoking outside the front entrance. Ok, so they were people dressed as Klingons, but its just as...

PCS and a Road Trip to Remember   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA
PCS and a Road Trip to Remember
2 7/8" Angustidens Shark Tooth   Berkeley County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles angustidens
This is another classic beauty directly from the Chandler Bridge. Its 2 7/8" long and as perfect as they get. There are no chips, dings, or other damage of any kind. Every serration is intact, and the color is unbelievable. The black bourlette is draped by a tan band before it fades into a steel blue color. The back has a big dark blue mark right in the center. I'll be carrying this one around for days!...
bonita nose   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - bonita
This is 4 views of a bonita nose. Top, Side, Bottom, Rear. I didn't find it. One of the guides, John I think, gave it to cuLverT fErRet when she told him that she didn't find anything yet. Thanks! This was the best item we brought home between the two of us....
1 9/16" Mako Shark Tooth   Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA - Isurus hastalis
1 9/16" Mako Shark Tooth
2 3/4" fish vertebra   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Unidentified - Other
This is the biggest fish vertebra that I have ever found - and I dug it right out of the green cap at Lafarge. When I first found it, I thought it was whale because it was so big, but it’s definitely some kind of fish....
1/2" Eocene Cow Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Notorynchus kempii
A gorgeous, rare upper cow shark tooth...
3 15/16" Auriculatus Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
I really don't think I've ever seen a bigger auriculatus tooth than this. Maybe my experience is too limited to know any different, but I think this is one of the best teeth I've ever seen come out of the mine....
2 3/4" Auriculatus Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
This one is 2 3/4" long. The shark did a number on the tip, but the root and cusps are king....
3 1/4" Auriculatus Shark Tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
This one is 3 1/4" long and is just about as pretty as the come. The designs on the back are amazing! The serrations are so sharp you could fell a tree with it....
1 1/2" carcharocles auriculatis shark tooth   Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA - Carcharocles auriculatus
This is a little gem, here. The root is unreal, its so awesome. It totally looks like rubber or something like that its so smooth! And thick, too. Notice the rounded root lobes. Also, look at the cusps and the way they point away from the bottom of the tooth. This is how I distinguish between the two species. This one has it all right up to the tip, which has been rounded down through use by the shark....
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