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Awesome Whale Tooth from a Recent Dive.

This is a huge 5 inch sperm whale tooth from a recent dive. Whale Tooth

New Teeth from my Dive Yesterday.

I did not find much on my first dive of the day but on my second dive I hit the jackpot. All of these have great serrations. Email me if you are interested in any of them.

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2.5″ long Crocodilian Tooth

I found this 2.5″ crocodilian tooth diving yesterday. Prehistoric Crocodilians are ancestors of the modern crocodile. Some of these prehistoric species grew to more than 30 feet in length. It is hard to imagine a 30 foot crocodile like creature when a modern 8 foot long crocodile seems monstrous. 20150508_172020-1

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3.15″ Bluish Mako Tooth

Stunning 3.15″ bluish Pyritized Mako tooth from my dive today. Lots of messages. Nfs right now.

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6.3″ Megalodon Tooth

I cleaned the Megalodon shark tooth I found yesterday. It turned to be 6.30″ on the longer side, 6.10″ on the longer side and 4.17″ wide. The tip and serrations are amazing. I can not wait to get back out there.

6.3 inch Megalodon Tooth

6.3 inch Megalodon Tooth

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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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