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Megalodon Shark Tooth Diving! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Megalodon Shark Tooth Diving! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, Jonathan dives into the spooky
dark waters of a river in search of giant Megalodon shark teeth! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! The Great White Shark is one of the most fearsome
predators in the sea. Reaching the size of a large car, the Great
White is a formidable shark. But a few million years ago, there was a much
larger, much more powerful shark roaming the world’s oceans: the Megalodon. A present day Great White shark reaches 21
feet in length—that’s about 7 meters. It dwarfs a human. But the Megalodon would dwarf a Great White. Experts think they reached 20 meters! Which would make them the largest sharks of
all time. In the distant past when the Earth was hotter
than it is today and the sea levels were higher, Megalodon roamed the oceans feeding on whales. Like modern sharks, they had a never-ending
supply of teeth. When they chomped a whale, teeth would break
off and sink down to the mud in the sea floor. Buried in mud under pressure, the teeth slowly
turned into fossils as minerals impregnated them. As the planet cooled down, sea levels fell. Megalodon went extinct. As the oceans receded, untold millions of
fossilized shark teeth in the sediment washed into rivers. This particular river—the Cooper River in
South Carolina–is one of the world’s most famous places to find Megalodon teeth. Cameraman Tim, field producer Al Bozza and
I fly to Charleston, where the Cooper River empties into the ocean. We’re here to meet Alan Devier, a world
authority on finding fossilized shark teeth. Just after sunrise, Alan is putting his boat
in the water at the local boat ramp. We’re on a double mission—to make a segment
about finding fossil Megalodon teeth, but hopefully also to find some of our own! The boat is a little cramped with all our
camera and scuba gear, but we’ll make it work. We have a 30 minute run to the dive site,
so I use the opportunity to ask Alan about shark tooth diving. The Meg tooth is the top collected fossil
in the world. If you go on eBay, there’s literally thousands
of them for sale. Why do people collect these things? Something about a giant shark I think, and
being able to hold that tooth in your hand. You figure ten feet of shark for every inch
of tooth, so a six inch tooth would have been a shark the size of a school bus. That’s almost hard to wrap your head around. You never know what you are going to find,
from fossils to artifacts. You find bottles from the early 1700s here,
pipe stems, arrow heads, spear points. It’s like an Easter egg hunt with lots more
than Easter eggs. It’s an adventure, I’ll say that. I love it. It’s my passion. As we cruise through the chocolate brown water,
I can’t help but wonder how I’m going to dive in this river. So Alan, what’s the diving like? What are we going to do today? We’re going to anchor and let you guys go
down the anchor line. Hopefully we’ll have great viz—which is
two feet maybe. Two feet is great viz? Two feet is great. Three feet is marvelous! We’ll get you to wear as much weight as
you can lift safely. That will definitely help with the current,
and give you a screwdriver to use as a spike to stab into the ground to help pull yourself
forward. And try to put you on some good gravel beds
that have a lot of teeth in them. As we head upstream and the river gets narrower,
I’m noticing not just the color of the water, but the speed of the water. I don’t think I have enough hands to hold
my big camera, a screwdriver, a light and look for fossils at the same time! I need a gear reduction plan. This is what I have been reduced to. I’ve been shooting with a $50,000 RED, I’ve
shot with 70mm IMAX cameras and on this shoot, I’m shooting with a GoPro—with a handle
though! It has a handle, so it’s going to be really
steady I hope . And you’ve got a viewfinder. Yeah, it’s got a viewfinder! It’s not just totally shooting blind. Cameraman Tim has decided to go hands-free. This is Cameraman Tim with the dorkiest, the
dorkiest-looking camera setup ever. Turn your head to the side. The mask chin strap, made from a mask strap. Any port in a storm. Alan throws the anchor and we are ready for
some river diving! With a few last minute pointers, our team
is ready to suit up, and hit the water. I have to admit, I’m feeling pretty nervous. This might be the murkiest water I have ever
been diving in. This one makes me go right straight to the
bottom like a brick. And…it’s slimming! Whew, a little hot but…oh yeah that light
is awesome. I’ve got my light for hands-free fossil
hunting. And then I’ve got this implement—kind
of a rake thing, not only for raking but also for holding on, it’s my anchor. It’s like pea soup! I literally can’t see my feet. I pull myself down the anchor line against
the current. It’s really hard work. The water is brownish yellow and it gets darker
with every pull on the rope. I can’t see the surface or the bottom. The rope is my only reference. It doesn’t take long to reach the anchor. Down here, it’s pitch black. If I turn my light off, I can’t see anything. I’m waiting here for Cameraman Tim. Tim arrives shortly and we set off up stream
to find the gravel bed where the shark teeth are supposed to be. We can barely see each other! We’re using old screwdrivers to anchor ourselves
into the bottom and crawl against the flow of the river. We finally reach the gravel bed and start
looking for teeth. I see a lot of rocks, and some shells, but
so far no shark’s teeth. But I’m not really sure what to look for. Tim and I need to stay within an arms reach
distance or we will lose each other in the murk. The diving is really spooky. When I see my first tooth, I realize that
they are pretty obvious. There it is! Half a tooth sitting right on the bottom! I put it in my bag and continue on. Bolstered by my newfound success, I decide
to try the rake. But it really doesn’t help at all. The nice thing about the current is the fact
that it will take away any mess I make. So I try waving the top layer away with my
hand. It works much better than the rake. Soon I find another tooth fragment. It’s half a tooth, split right down the
middle. After an hour of searching for teeth, Tim
and I surface. Neither of us found anything really spectacular,
but we got a feel for the process and got used to working in the current and limited
visibility. It’s so nice to see the sun when we surface! So this is kind of an unusual style of diving. First of all, the current is ripping. We’re in a river and so the water is really
moving. So right now I have to hold this rope just
to stay by the side of the boat. If I let go, I’ll go sailing away. Then the next thing is that the water is kind
of like chocolate milk. You can’t…here’s my fin. Here’s my fin. And as you put it underwater, you will notice
that it very quickly goes out of sight. And the fact is that I can’t even see my
foot underwater. So, I would say the viz is about…let me
put my hand out…I can just see my hand that far away. It’s really murky! So when you are looking for fossils, this
light is really important because it’s right focused on the bottom and you have to look
at the bottom from, like, less than a foot away. You just have your face jammed right up on
the bottom looking for the fossils. It’s challenging! But it’s rewarding! Soon we are off to another spot in a different
part of the river. Everywhere we look, it’s beautiful. Next we suit up for another dive. Ready? OK, here we go! Yeah! It’s time to descend back down into the
darkness and get serious about finding some shark teeth! Uh oh, I need my lights! It’s hard to believe that the visibility
could be any worse than it was at the last spot, but it’s much worse here! The visibility is measured in inches. Tim and I try to communicate by talking because
we can’t see each others hand signals! Talking isn’t working either! The good news is that Alan put us right on
an excellent gravel bed and this spot looks very promising for fossils. I immediately find a small but complete tooth. And then another. They are not buried but sitting right on top. As the current moves silt downstream, new
fossils are always being uncovered. I’m using Alan’s lucky pink catch bag
with the Velcro closure so I won’t lose my precious stash! I find another half tooth. It has perfect serrations. I have to wonder. Did this tooth break like this when the shark
lost it? Or did it break later, and the fossil formed
like this? Or did the fossil form and then break in half? We will never know. In the bag it goes. As I wave some silt away, I find a perfect
specimen! It’s not huge and it has marine growth that
I can clean off, but this is great tooth! In the bag! Fossil hunting requires patience. But it’s actually really peaceful and relaxing
to just work my way slowly and methodically over the gravel bed. The best technique is to work a grid pattern
so you cover every bit of the bed. And my patience pays off with a really big
tooth in perfect condition! This one is at least four, maybe even five
inches. Nowhere near the size of the biggest one Alan
has ever found, which was 6-3/4 inches! When I put this tooth in the bag, I double
check to make sure that Velcro is closed! I would cry if I lost this tooth! Alan, this was a great spot! I finally got something! Awesome! It has weight to it! Yeah! Oh wow! Oh nice! Huh? Who’s the man? That’s awesome! I legitimately found those! We didn’t even fake it! That’s great! They’re not in the greatest shape. Oh this one is. Which one? This one. Oh that’s nice, It’s got some barnacle
action. It’s got some serrations too. That’s a really cool position too. In the gravel? You must have been in a different gravel patch
than me. No, I was just there first! Wow! So I think someone likes this spot. The rake is just like 95% for holding on to
the bottom. I didn’t really rake that much. We find more than just Megalodon teeth. In fact there are shark teeth even older than
that. So Alan, what did you say this species of
shark was? Angustidens. And that’s pre-Megalodon? Two generations. And there’s Chubb, which is one generation,
like the father to the Meg. And Angustidens which is like the grandfather
to the Meg. And you can tell that because of these little…? Because of the cusps. These cusps on the side. Wow, so that puts this at how old are we talking
on this tooth? Probably 20 million plus. Twenty million years old! Twenty MILLION years old! Look at that! And the serrations are still sharp! Wow, that’s awesome. Nice find Al. That’s nice. Thank you. And the three of these were clumped together
on the bottom. So were these three. You know, I found the first one and I said
“Oh, maybe there are some more around here!” And so I just looked.. It’s shows you this area hadn’t been picked
over for you to find them in clusters like that. This one’s still got a little bit of serration
on it. Underwater, I focused on digging, but back
on the boat I can really take some time to check out all the teeth I found, and it’s
really exciting, like finding them again. So this ones over four inches. See the measurements on the bag? Yuh, oh so that’s how you measure them. Well, that gives you a ballpark. It’s not perfect because it’s a stretchy
bag. It’s over four, ha ha! Got one over four. This one’s almost four. Well maybe if you measure the other side,
it’s over four. There we go! Ha! Always measure the longest side! Wait! This one’s over four. I’ve got three of them over 4. On one dive! That’s pretty cool! In two days of diving with Alan on the Cooper
River, I find dozens of teeth, including three that are larger than four inches and one that
is larger than five. Not too bad for my first time fossil hunting. The Cooper River has been an awesome experience. The diving is challenging. The visibility is bad. The current is a constant concern. But when you get on a prime gravel bed and
you start finding teeth, none of that matters. The hunt for the next tooth is addictive. Sometimes the blue world isn’t very blue
at all. But I can’t wait to come back and do it
again!

100 comments on “Megalodon Shark Tooth Diving! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. I really really like this video and in science class for learning about the Ice Age and the Ice Age happen 20 million years ago so that's really cool you could just added a nice touch to what I'm learning now I know that there was a grandpa shark alive during the Ice Age

  2. this vid is very underrated. i love your narration, and the introduction which was animated. 😊 that was really nice. i'll keep on watching Blue World! I think its my new favorite Channel now. thanks Jonathan! 💕

  3. Low vis? But this is all I have known. You mean there are places you can see further than 3 feet? Naw you're joking right?

  4. my father was asking me to go diving with him this last sat. but before that I saw this videos being recommended to me after watching this i think oceans is a little bit no no to me..and didn't go with my father😂😂and actually I love cute fishes but I think I hate seeing things that I dont know what its name or things

  5. This show deserves wayy more attention! Sad to see u guys only have 400.000 subs when you deserve like 5 mil at least! Keep up the good work 👍🏻

  6. Deserves no dislikes because Jonathan is awesome! I love!!!! 😁 satisfies me every time I watch this channel. So awesome and even inspired me to be a diver when I get older. Thanks for the inspiration dude 😁

  7. Does your book (beneath the north atlantic) exist on new york bookshop and san fransisco?

  8. Livy Stan was One of the Megalodon’s worst enemies do you think that looks like a relative of a sperm whale

  9. Everyone: no one has explored the Mariana Trench so the megalodon could still live there!
    Me: true but what about any other extinct giant you gonna talk about them?……. no?….. ok!

  10. Missed a nice one at 19:26 in the bottom edge of camera. Another one (mako maybe) about 2 seconds later just right of center.

  11. Wow, this would be my dream trip. I’d go in a heartbeat. There are a few rivers in my home state of Fl. Where you can find them but it can get dangerous because of not only lack of visibility but snakes and worse, alligators.

  12. Thank goodness the megs lost their teeth here & not in, say, the Florida swamplands where there's alligators guarding 'em. I'd love to do something like this–If I ever find myself in SC, I'd be more than happy to brave this chocolate soup a few times. As much as we all want a big specimen (guilty!) I am positive that if I am fortunate enough to find even a little one, or a fragment, I'd be overwhelmed at how long ago the tooth's owner lived. There's no way it could have comprehended a naked primate finding it's tooth in a river over 10 million years ago. I sort of doubt my remains will be that lucky.

  13. If i did the dive, i would never go there again. It is very spooky. My mind keep telling me somethings dangerous will pop beside and eat you. Nananananana

  14. Awesome video guys . Loved it . Your description was excellent as well . Always love to learn a few things while being entertained . Thanks for sharing this .

  15. I can't help myself thinking : "what if this vidéo is simply a lie and all this work have the purpose to make money, somehow, or even helping me diving deeper into a virtual fantasy ?"
    I sincerely hope these teeth are real stuff and not some homemade artifact like those dinausor's bones all around the World.
    Peace

  16. I live 3 hrs from Cooper river in Aiken county…Boat driver sounds so southern..we country folk have a very southern accent. Ive been to Santee Cooper river fishing for catfish. There's huge cats in that river. I hated fishing that river cause my fishing line always got hung on something.

  17. I can’t believe you went to South Carolina because I live there and I was born in Charleston I’m 13 btw I love your videos

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