Bargain Megalodon Teeth

6.04 inch Megalodon Tooth from 8/16/14

6.04 in Megalodon tooth from today’s dive. The guy on Discovery was right. They are still around!!!

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Bonus 5.25 in mystery Megalodon tooth from yesterday.

Bonus 5.25 in mystery Megalodon tooth from yesterday. At the end of my second dive yesterday I was planning on coming up. I started to neutralize my bouyancy when I heard a boat off in the distance approaching. I always stay down to wait for them to pass and make sure another ones not coming before I surface. So I kept digging and diving and found 2 more mags one of them this 5.25 inch nicer tooth. I would like to thank that boat driver whoever he is for riding by. Not sure what it will look like. It is soaking now.

Megalodon Shark Tooth found by Megaeeth Fossils Owner Bill Eberlein

Megalodon Shark Tooth found by Megaeeth Fossils Owner Bill Eberlein

Here it is cleaned.

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New Pathological Megalodon Tooth

I found this last week sometime. I had no visibility and felt the missing section on the display side blade and thought it was broken so I put it in the bag where I put the less perfect teeth. I never pulled it out until this week. I was shocked to see a really cool pathology on both sides of the blade and the root, tip and serrations are undamaged. It is a killer deformed Megalodon tooth.

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Megalodon tooth found by  Bill Eberlein

Megalodon tooth found by  Bill Eberlein

Friday the 13th!!!

6/13/2014    My nicest Megalodon tooth from today’s dive. It measures just over 5 inches long. The downside is I saw a three foot shark swimming next to the boat while I was pulling up the anchor. It reminds me that I am NOT alone down there.  I guess my Friday the 13th could have been worse.

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Pathological Megalodon tooth from my Dive 5/8

I was diving today and not finding much. Then I found a 3″ chipped Megalodon tooth. The vis. was bad but I starting looking at it the best I could and I could see it was deformed. This is one of the coolest deformed Megalodon shark teeth that I have found.

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Two 5″+ Megalodon teeth found 05/07/14

Two really nice 5 inch teeth from today’s dives. Got a few more megs but these were the best.

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5-5/8″ Megaloon tooth found 4/28/14

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Two Killer Megalodon teeth found 4/22

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Nicer Megalodon teeth from the day’s dives. They measure 4 7/8 and 5.5 in long.

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Bryan County News | Mastodon Tooth

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When 10-year-old Joanna “JoJo” Bayens went hunting for crab at her grandparents’ dock on Marsh Creek Lane last Tuesday, she expected to find her usual catch of crustaceans. When she started exploring, however, she found something she never would have imagined in the small creek bed — a fossilized tooth belonging to a prehistoric American Mastodon.
Not only did she find an unusual artifact, but Joanna discovered a tooth that happened to be in pristine condition, which is a rare find in the area.
The tooth, with the roots still intact, measures approximately seven or eight inches in height and could be over one million years old. The Mastodon, which became extinct 10,000 years ago, was a prehistoric elephant-like creature that roamed up and down the Pacific Coast with prehistoric man.
When Joanna first spotted the tooth, the root was sticking out of the mud right near her grandparents’ dock on Sweet Hill Creek just outside Richmond Hill.
“I had been seeing it there for so long,” Joanna said. “I thought it was a bunch of oysters stuck together.”
Even though she noticed the tooth before last Tuesday, Joanna never went to dig it out of the mud because her father and grandfather warned her not to wade out too far in the mud for fear she might sink.
But last week, curiosity got the best of Joanna and she dug out the fossil. “It was pretty good stuck in the mud,” Joanna said. “I had to nudge it out.”
Joanna showed her grandmother, Lynne Bayens, who had no idea what the fossil was. They didn’t learn its identity until Joanna presented it to her aunt and uncle who were visiting from out of state. They immediately identified it as a mastodon tooth. Coincidently, her relatives had just seen a similar mastodon tooth in a museum just weeks before.
Both Joanna and Bayens received further confirmation that the fossil was indeed a mastodon tooth when a friend took it to Richmond Hill resident and prehistoric fossil collector Bill Eberlein.
Eberlein, who has been diving for fossils along the coast for the past seven years, and who has an extensive collection of fossils, is very familiar with prehistoric mastodon teeth. In fact, Eberlein has found several mastodon teeth himself, although none of them were in as perfect condition as the tooth Joanna discovered. None of Eberlein’s were discovered in Richmond Hill.
“In our area, it’s a really rare find,” Eberlein said. “You will find them from time to time, but it is very rare to find them in that condition.
“It’s a once in a lifetime find.”
Eberlein, who mainly dives for prehistoric shark teeth, was surprised Joanna found the tooth just sticking out of the mud in a creek bed. Most of the time the fossil layer is 30 to 40 feet below the surface, depending on the area, although sometimes the fossils can be closer to the surface layer, Eberlein said.
As for Joanna, the find has been a learning experience, just as much as it has been exciting. She and her family have been researching the mastodon online after finding the fossil. She has already become full of knowledge on the subject of her discovery. Joanna hopes to learn even more about the mastodon in future.
Bayens said her granddaughter is very proud of her discovery. The two plan to contact some of the local colleges to find out more information about the tooth and how best to preserve it.
According to Eberlein, the fossil could be worth around $1,000. Despite its worth, Joanna plans to keep her newfound treasure.
“I might just keep it, because it might be interesting for when I grow up,” she said. “I thought it would be interesting for when I have a child and I can tell them how I found it.”
Even before the excitement of her latest discovery has worn off, Joanna is already thinking about what she might find the next time she heads down to the small tidal creek.
“She’s very anxious for the next low tide,” Bayens said. “She wants to investigate further. “It was the highlight of her summer.”
In fact, Joanna hopes that her entire family can search the creek together for more fossils in the near future. She wants to experience the excitement of finding such a unique historical object again.
“I felt like an archeologist,” Joanna said. “It was exciting and really fun to know I found something so old.” Joanna, who will enter the fifth grade at George Washington Carver Elementary School next week, has always loved to explore the local waterways and beaches, according to her grandmother.
“She likes the shells on the beaches,” Bayens said. “She’s found shells and shark teeth, but I don’t think she thought she would find something so interesting in her B.B.’s (grandmother’s) backyard.”
Joanna is the daughter of Mickey and Kerry Bayens of Richmond Hill. She has a sister, Vivi, 6, and a brother, Buckley, 4, who were with her when she found her mastodon tooth.megcol

Coastal Courier | Finding a shark tooth

By Lauren Hunsberger
Staff writer
Updated: July 8, 2009 10:31 a.m.
Name: Bill Eberlein
Occupation: Instructor at Savannah Tech and Premier Systems and Training, Inc. in Savannah
Hobby: Fossil and shark tooth hunting — specifically, megalodon teeth, fossils that experts date back two million years ago.

How did you get started diving for fossils in South Georgia?
“I started diving 25 years ago in Erie, Pa., and we used to dive Lake Erie for ship wrecks. In 1999 I was hired by Gulfstream in the IT department and came down here thinking I would be diving in the ocean. Then I met a guy who was an engineer at Gulfstream who said he dove for shark teeth in the rivers. The first thing I thought was, ‘Sharks’ teeth in the rivers?’ And then I was thinking like the little tiny sharks’ teeth, but he brought one [a megalodon shark tooth] in and I thought, ‘I’d like to find one of those.’ Then I went out and got hooked on it.”

What exactly is a megalodon shark?
“It’s a shark that was about 70 feet long and they say that the megalodon shark was probably the size of a large whale today. So think of what a large whale is like, and imagine it’s a shark.”

What did they eat?
“They think they ate giant sperm whales.”

When you’re underwater in the rivers around here, where the visibility is low, how do you distinguish a fossil or shark tooth from a rock or piece of wood when you can’t see it? “I’ve been doing this for years and, like today, I was digging real deep into the mud, and if I just touch a root (of a shark tooth) I know that shape instinctively. I wear gloves a little thicker than yellow dishwashing gloves and as soon as you touch a blade with that enamel, it’s so slick compared to everything else down there … I’ve found thousands of these over the years so you just know the feel of them.”

Is it scary diving in the depths of the murky water?
“There are times where you get a little apprehensive. The thing that always scared me more than anything else, it’s not the sharks or the alligators, it’s the sting rays because they’re down there, buried. So you grab hold of one and all of a sudden, it comes out fluttering up and you see their tails flipping around and even if they hit you in the arm, it’s so painful and the bacteria could get in there.”

You dive mainly in local rivers. What are some of your favorite spots for finding teeth?
“You know it’s funny because the whole area is covered. If you can get down 40 feet, the whole area is covered with the fossils. So you tend to just move around a lot. There are some real nice spots near Richmond Hill. There are some spots down here in Liberty County. Just for convenience sake, I dive in both areas. So, there’s not one spot in particular. There are some near the Intercoastal and near St. Catherines, too.”

Are people amazed when you tell them you find fossils from 2 million years ago in local rivers?
“Yeah, they are. And in fact, I go to this dive shop in Savannah and for the first two years, a few of the divers would laugh and they’d go, ‘Wait a minute, you dive in the rivers for shark’s tooth?’ But it’s just so much fun. But yeah, people are amazed.”

Is there a pretty large group of people who collect these?
“Yeah. If you go on eBay there will be hundreds for sale. I’ve sent teeth to people all over Europe and Japan, China and Taiwan. I just sent one to Malta. I still don’t know where that country is.”

Do you have any advice for anyone who is interested in doing this as a hobby?
“The diving is a little tricky. I was diving 15 years before I started doing this. I was trained in Pennsylvania with a search and recovery team with the sheriff’s department. It’s tricky because you’re doing all things you normally shouldn’t be doing. You’re diving in bad visibility, you’re diving in strong currents and you’re diving alone … so there’re a lot of hazards.

“I guess my advice for someone who really wants to do this is to get really comfortable diving to the point where you know all your gear without seeing it. There’re a lot of times when I can’t even see my air gauge to see how much air I have left.”

Among other fossils collections, you also have a large collection of pectin shells. What is the significance of the shells?
“They’re 2 million years old and they’re just scallop-type shells. You don’t find them all over. There are about three spots where you can find these and they’re mixed in with the sharks’ tooth. So, when you start thinking about the layers of the Earth, they find these shells in the same layers where the sharks’ teeth are, so that’s how they date them.”
To see a collection of Bill Eberlein’s megalodon’s teeth, visit The Midway Gallery at 70 Martin Road or go to www.megateeth.com.
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Mother of all Sharks (and 6 inch Shark Teeth!)

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The Mother of All Sharks

by Bill Eberlein – megateeth.com

photos by Shawn Heifert/John Wood

Millions of years ago a giant shark called a Megalodon swam the world’s oceans. This giant shark was ten times larger than the shark depicted in the movie JAWS.  It was massive as the largest whales that live today. In addition to it’s size, the Megalodon had hundreds of razor sharp serrated teeth, many of which were larger than a man’s hand. Scientists believe that the Megalodon became extinct two million years ago because of climate change and the evolution of the giant whales that the Megalodon fed on. The thought is that the whales became faster and more elusive.

These amazing Megalodon teeth have survived for millions of years in the form of fossils and are highly collected around the world. I spend my days diving in 10 to 20 meters of murky water searching for these fossilized Megateeth. The strong currents cause the water to stir up the mud on the bottom where the Megalodon lived and shed their shark teeth. Even with a very powerful dive light I usually have zero visibility. Even when I can not see what I jsut found, I cannot describe the excitement I feel underwater when I find giant shark teeth measuring up to 17cm long and 12cm wide. It is an amazing feeling!

This excitement transfers to others at the marina when I return from a dive trip. People always come to the boat asking to see the Megateeth that I found on the day’s dives .They want to know how I found them and what creatures I bumped into that day.

I often sell some of them right at the dock. Most of the remainder of the teeth that I fins are sold on my website at www.megateeth.com. Every tooth is unique and people cannot get enough of these shark teeth or the stories about how they are found.I first saw a Megalodon Tooth when a fellow SCUBA diver in Savannah showed me one that he found while diving. When you hold a Megalodon tooth for the first time, you are instantly struck by its weight. Some weigh almost 2 pounds (900 Grams). Imagine the mouth that would hold almost 300 of them. Then you start holding it up to things around you. “It’s as big as my entire outstretched hand”. After seeing that first tooth I marched home and booked a dive charter out of Hilton Head, South Carolina. I just needed one Megalodon tooth to call my own. The only problem is that collectors never have one of anything, and they are a lot of fun to find. Fun comes in different brands, and I find mine in the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, along the Geor¬gia coast. This is black water diving, and it’s not for newbies. You’re down there with very strong currents that can drag you along the bottom away from the boat waiting to pick you up. You usually have no visibility whatsoever. I own a $1200 dive light, and, even with that, I often can’t read my gauges. People ask me how I know when to come up and I tell them that I surface when it gets hard to breathe. Spring through autumn, my traditional SCUBA gear includes a wet suit with thin gloves. When it’s cold, I wear a dry suit that seals around my neck and wrists to keep out the cold water. Weights keep me on the bottom where the Megateeth are. Picture being blind¬folded and dropped down in the middle of a field. I crawl along and dig my hands, and sometimes arms, down into the mud until I find the fossil bed where Megalodon shark teeth and other extraordinary fossils are found. This means going through a lot of silt with my hands, and that same material is what tinted fossilized shark teeth a variety of colors. In this area a lot are gray, but there are others that are jet black. The tidal rivers cut down to what would normally be found 10 to 15 meters below the Earth’s surface. Finding Megateeth is the goal, but I have also found Mammoth and Mastodon fossils from later time periods.

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Some days I find nothing at all. Like fishing it can be hit or miss. It’s also not uncommon for me to find two or three good teeth, and a few chipped ones, on a single dive. There are some instances that the teeth were damaged while the animal was alive and  feeding. People have found Megalodon shark teeth broken off in fossilized prehistoric whale vertebrae. Think of the thrashing that takes place while one giant fights for survival and another for a good meal.

While you’re looking for the remains of the dead, you’re also bumping into what’s alive. Accidentally grabbing a sting ray is pretty normal, and I fear them more than I do sharks. They come flying out of the mud with their barbed tail thrashing around. When you blindly grab something and it moves you jump back as far and as fast as you can. Even a small flounder burst¬ing from the river bed will give you quite a start. What I really hate is when I grab what I think is the smooth enamel surface of a Megalodon tooth, and it turns out to be the shell of a blue crab offering a painful pinch. Then there are those shoves by something big and heavy that I can’t see.

Tiger sharks, Bull sharks and Hammerheads are all possibilities. So are alligators which, on occasion, enter this brackish water. Thankfully, I don’t hold much interest for these carnivores – it seems. Boats are also hazards. Underwater, you can hear them above you, but it is impossible to tell how close they are. The sound is distorted, and, for this reason, I must use extreme caution when I surface.

What started out as a hobby quickly became an obsession: boxes and boxes of shark teeth that made my wife ask why I was diving for more? In 2001, I did what most collectors do to hold on to their habit; I agreed to sell some. My website www.megateeth.com was born. It distinguishes itself from other sites selling Megalodon shark teeth by containing only those fossils that I have found myself. I make sure customers understand this, and I’ve been told that they appreciate it. It personalizes the experience, but it also alleviates questions about teeth that customers should ask. Megateeth.com is also a resource for those who want to learn more about Megalodon teeth. The collector’s guide is full of photos that help to evaluate and identify tooth parts including: enamel, root, bourrelet, serrations, etc. My site also defines terminology common among teeth collectors, so you are able to understand important descriptions. I enjoy sharing tips like never trusting the measurement of a ruler. A caliper measuring to 1/1000 of an inch should be your guide. Size of a tooth shifts its worth by hundreds of dollars, so it is important to be exact. Even as thousands are raised from river and sea beds, scientists are constantly learning new bits about the massive shark. At the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia, researchers have developed computer software to measure the Megalodon’s bite force. This is cool, because it tells about its feeding behavior revealing it could do this but not that. An advantage of this sort of thing is that tests don’t damage valuable specimens, because all of the action is computer-generated.

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Richmond Hill Reflections | Megalodons the Prehistoric Prize

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Prehistoric Prizes – Diving in our Rivers
Jul 20th, 2011
by Christine Lucas
Photos by Shawn Heifert

Those of you stirred up by the latest of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise might associate treasure with tall ships, exotic waters and devastatingly handsome Johnny Depp wearing too much eyeliner. Diving from crafts less romantic than the Black Pearl are a handful of people in Richmond Hill who find prehistoric prizes that were once a part of Carcharodon Megalodon and it’s toothy grin. Megalodons are extinct prehistoric sharks from the Miocene epoch, 15 to 20 million years ago, and the Florida Museum of Natural History puts adults at 60 feet long and 77 tons.

Their mouths, easily the size of some bonus rooms around town, contained 276 serrated teeth ranging 3 to 7 inches in length. Many of these teeth were shed or lost during ferocious attacks on whales, a staple in Megalodon’s diet. The tidal rivers in our area have cut through the Earth’s surface and made the teeth reachable by divers, but there is a catch. You have to find them blind. Bill Eberlein, is an accounting and computer teacher at Savannah Technical College and the incoming president of Richmond Hill’s Rotary Club. “Picture being blindfolded and dropped down in the middle of a football field,” Bill says describing 90-minute dives where he regularly brings up two or three good teeth and a few chipped ones.

Ray Pitman is an Engineer at Thomas & Hutton, he designed the drinking water system, sewer, storm drainage and lakes, and the roadway system for the Ford Plantation, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. Like Bill, he is a very experienced diver, and the only type who should attempt this black-water variety. “You’re down there with strong currents, and six inches of visibility is a luxury. I have a $1,200 dive light, and, even with that, I can’t always read my gauges,” Bill says. “The filament inside that light,” Ray explains, “burns 4,700 degrees.”

Even that only offers a clue to their surroundings. The two can be diving near one another and not realize it until they bump into each ot her. “I went down with him for the first time, and it scared the crap out of me,” Ray admits. When you can’t read your gauges, how do you know when to come up, Ray wanted to know. Bill’s answer was, “when it gets hard to breath.” That wasn’t precise or safe enough for the former military man, so Ray uses a mask often used in cave diving. A digital display on the inside of it makes it easy to see his depth, air pressure and how long he’s been down. Typical diving gear includes a wet suit with thin gloves. They dive all year, so a dry suit that seals around the neck and wrist is necessary during cold weather. Weights keep the treasure hunters on the bottom where they can dig hands and arms down through silt to fossil beds.

Both Bill and Ray have mistaken the smooth shell of a crab for the enamel on a shark’s tooth. Painful pinches and bumps in the darkness by much larger marine life can spook divers, if only for a few seconds. “It’s most likely by sturgeon, I think,” Ray says. “Because they’re real clumsy. They bump you, and it scares the begeezus out of you. I’m a screamer, so whenever something bumps me I scream.” He demonstrates a terrified scream hampered by a regulator. Sound is distorted underwater, and paying attention to it helps you stay safe. Boats might sound far away but be quite close. Ray says that he has even heard fish crunching on barnacles. “It’s like when you’re eating cereal–it really is.”Megalodon teeth vary in quality, and the price for museum quality teeth is such that it keeps divers very hush, hush about their favorite hunting grounds. “The Tivoli River,” Bill says and little more. He sells the Megalodon teeth that he finds on a site called Megateeth.com. Ray, however, has had his collection confined to a bookshelf. “That’s all my wife will give me,” he laughs.

Gene Ashley is originally from around Charleston, South Carolina and, five years ago, Bill hired him to captain the 23-foot Sea Era from which he dives. Gene lived and worked for many years just south of Atlanta. Now that he’s in semi-retirement, he takes Bill out diving four or five times a week. “Basically, I got sand in my shoes. Couldn’t wait to get back to the coast,” Gene says. He’s got a good gig. While Bill and Ray dive, Gene sits above in every kind of weather except lightning. When divers come up, they hand Gene their mesh bags of teeth, and then he helps them on the boat. Then they are off to another location to try again. Gene doesn’t mind the waiting. Even on gray days, the water is a gorgeous silver. Pogies, also referred to as shad, break the surface with a frantic flutter from time to time.

Gene has seen a mother dolphin carrying her dead calf out to sea on her nose and a Right whale breach and come down with a terrifying thud. Most days, though, it’s calm, and Gene just prays for a stiff breeze to keep the gnats away.
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Mastodon tooth from 4/2/14

Today I found the largest and the nicest Mastodon tooth that I have ever found. It measures 8 inches long. I found it in the last 5 minutes of my last dive. The route was sticking up from the bottom and I thought it felt like a mastodon tooth. When I turned it over and felt it I could not believe the condition that it seemed to be in. I had absolutely no visibility so I had to wait to get to the boat to see what I had.

 

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7 Inch Megalodon Shark Tooth

 

7-1/8″ restored Megalodon tooth. In May 2013 I dove off the coast of NC with Al Coffey. I found this 6.80″ chipped Megalodon tooth. It looked like it would have gone over 7″ without the tip damage. So I finally sent it to Matty Swilp of Matty’s Megs. I got it back today. He did a great job restoring it and it now measures just about 7-1/8″. It is restored but it is still pretty cool. bd c a

6 inch Megalodon shark tooth found Monday.

This is a nicer 6″ Megalodon tooth I found diving Monday.  I found some others but they were smaller and many were not as nice.  This was the last of the day and I found it under a whale vertebrae.  I picked it up to examine and set my hand right on this killer 6+ inch Megalodon shark tooth.6in