This is why people have flocked to the Peace River for the last 50 years…to search for the ever-elusive extinct giant white shark tooth (C. megalodon).

This is also why people are drawn to the Peace. I found the Meg shark tooth within a foot of an entire mastodon tooth and several nearly complete mammoth teeth. All three animals did not necessarily live at the same time. Remember, Florida has been land, then ocean, at least 24 times in the last 2 million years alone. That process allows for a lot of fossils to get much closer to each other after death than before.

Pat Saulsberry found what appears to be a claw core from a large cat.

Limestone outcropping, Peace River.

While snorkeling one day, I found a burlap bag weighted down with rocks. Curious, I lifted the bag and gazed at part of a dugong (manatee cousin) skeleton wedged in the limestone bottom. Of course, the temptation is to finish what someone else started. But it wasn't mine to take, so I took a photo and covered it back up. h4>

Mammoth foot bone.

A dugong (manatee cousin) vertebra covered with underwater vegetation. When snorkeling, look for shapes as much as texture and color.

Another dugong vertebra cleaned up.

Possible glyptodont (VW-Bug size armadillo) vertebra, found with two bony armor plates nearby.

Isolated dugong vetebra in limestone…water depth one-inch.

Horse teeth.

Llama and horse cannon bone, found by running my fingers through muck in shallow water.

Same llama cannon bone…but notice bone spurs.

Petrified Wood. The WILD TIMES section of our web site has the complete story.

Trips are by reservation, beginning at 9am until 3pm. We are located in the Ft Myers area, but conduct expeditions in areas that are a reasonable driving distance from Tampa, St Pete, Orlando, Sarasota, Naples or Ft Lauderdale.
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