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Huge 6-inch megalodon tooth unearthed in South Carolina by a family of fossil hunters

CHARLESTON, SC – The discovery of the rare tooth of a monster, not seen in millions of years, was made last weekend in South Carolina.

A Florida family unearthed the exciting find – a huge 6-inch megalodon tooth – during a fossil hunting expedition.

Paul Columbia and his family of four from Largo, Florida share a passion for hunting and collecting shark teeth, especially in their home state.

So when they traveled to Pigeon Forge, South Carolina, on Saturday for their 12-year-old son’s baseball tournament, it made perfect sense to plan a trip to hunt for shark teeth with Palmetto Fossil Excursions. The company specializes in guiding people from all over the world on fossil hunting adventures in the Charleston area.

The family’s dry excavation took place at a location known as ‘The Lightning Site’, which features a variety of formations from the Pleistocene to the Oligocene, and an abundance of megatooth shark species.

“We dug within half an hour and found some nice big, good quality makos,” said Paul Columbia. “We’re used to digging in soft Florida sand to reach the gravel.

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While he took a break from moving clay, his two sons and their guide continued digging. After his break, Paul Columbia went into the pit and remembers telling them, “Okay, pray to the meg gods that we hit the sought-after 7-inch meg.”

Within 30 minutes, their guide led them to something not seen on Earth since the extinction of the megalodon 3.6 million years ago.

“At first we thought it would be a 3-inch, then a 4-inch,” Columbia added.

As the excitement grew, his wife jumped into the pit as they all shouted, “It’s a 5-incher!”

As they collected more clay and slowly swept it away, the sounds of excitement began when they discovered that the megalodon tooth was over 6 inches long.

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“We couldn’t believe the size, the color or our luck,” Columbia said. “What started as a baseball tournament trip became an experience of a lifetime.”

After carefully securing the enormous tooth of their dreams, the family expressed their excitement to bring it back to Florida for cleaning and restoration.

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