Frequently Asked Questions
QUESTION: Can anyone attend a fossil excursion?
ANSWER: In general yes. However, persons with phsyical limitations should use caution. Our fossil excursions take place in a natural, uncontrolled environment. Certain amount of physical stamina is required in and around the fossil collection locations.
QUESTION: Do I have to have a permit to collect fossils?
ANSWER: No, in SC only persons who collect fossils while diving or below the mean low tide point require a special permit. However if a river, creek or stream you are hunting is influenced by the tide, you require a Hobby Dovers License to collect fossil
QUESTION: Will we find really big Megalodons?
ANSWER: We search for all fossils, but it is possible to find them, excursion customers have found them in the past. But don't get stuck on size. Some very small shark teeth can be more valuable than big ones, depending on their species.
QUESTION: What should we wear?
ANSWER: Comfortable "play" clothes. Also we recommend bringing rubber boots. If you do not have rubber boots, water/beach shoes or old tennis shoes. The cheapest we have these boots are at Walmart for $14.97
QUESTION: Will we find fossils?
ANSWER: Yes, our fossil experts have years of experience in locating areas rich with fossils.
QUESTION: What type of fossils will we find?
ANSWER: The majority of the fossils you will find are sharks teeth millions of years old. In addition, other marine fossils are also mixed in to include Sting Ray mouth plates, Whale bones, whale teeth, fish fossils, porpoise teeth, Squalodon teeth (extinct whale species) etc. In addition, the Hawthorne formation will include various land mammal fossils.
QUESTION: How many fossils will we find?
ANSWER: It is impossible to predict what or how much you will find. The major factor depends on how much work you put into it. The more you sift the gravel beds, the more you will find. The more people in your party, the more fossils you will take home.
QUESTION: How can we identify and age the fossils we find?
ANSWER: Our fossil experts will be able to identify any fossil you find, and will provide you with an approximate age of the fossil.
QUESTION: Can a fossil excursion be dangerous?
ANSWER: As with any activity in a natural environment, there are potential dangers. You must be aware at all times of your surroundings. South Carolina has many insects, reptiles, and creatures that call the LowCountry home. In addition, you must be aware of very pesty plants like poison Ivy. In addition, the majority of the locations will have glass and other man-made materials mixed with the gravel. You and any children must be VERY careful.
QUESTION: Do we need to worry about Alligators?
ANSWER: The American alligator is indigenous to South Carolina, and there is always a chance of encountering one near any body of water. Generally alligators are shy creatures and prefer to retreat or hide rather than come in contact with humans. If you happen to come across an alligator, leave it alone and slowly move away. Do not attempt to interact with the reptile or harrass it in anyway. South Carolina laws strictly prohibit the harrassmant/feeding of these creatures.
QUESTION: What do we need to bring with us on the day of the excursion?
ANSWER: We suggest you bring plenty of cold drinks, a bag lunch, insect repellent, sun screen, baby wipes, disposable camera, and even toilet paper (bathroom facilities will not be available).
QUESTION: I have to cancel my excursion, can I get a refund?
ANSWER: We understand that sometimes your vacation plans must be changed. However we can only reschedule your excursion for another date, refunds will not be granted. We will as flexible as possible in rescheduling.
QUESTION: What days of the week do you currently offer excursions on?
ANSWER: Currently we offer excursions on any day of the week year round.
QUESTION: How will we find fossils?
ANSWER: Our experts will guide you to a location known for fossils. You will use shovels or other digging devices to scoop up gravel from the bottom of creeks/streams and place the material into a provided sifter. Once all the sand is sifted out of your basket, you will be left with gravel and fossils.
QUESTION: How deep will the water be where we will collect fossils?
ANSWER: The majority of locations we visit are tidal or influenced by rainfall. In general, the water depth will not exceed past the knee on an average size adult.
QUESTION: How many people will be in out fossil excursion?
ANSWER: Because we pride ourselves on personalized service, we will try our best to limit the size of your group, to the # of people in your specific party. If more than your group has a scheduled excursion, we will attempt to divide you into two separate locations.
QUESTION: What is the average weather/temperature like in SC?
ANSWER: Winters in the Charleston area are rather mild, and average in the 60s. From May through September, the temperature is usually in the 90s accompanied by high humidity.
QUESTION: Will we get dirty on a fossil excursion?
ANSWER: YES! Its best to come prepared with towels and or a change of clothes.
QUESTION: Why don't you offer excursions longer than 6 hours long?
ANSWER: Fossil excursions are very labor intensive, most enthusiasts will not last any longer without physical pain, not to mention being very sore the day following.