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Captains David and Rene Heidt grew up on Tybee and Little Tybee Islands, where visitors and residents lounge on the sandy barrier-island beaches. The Heidts founded Sundial Tours to provide a naturalist perspective on the area, including trips to nearby Wassaw Island and Daufuskie Island; dolphin tours at twilight; and guided hunts for ancient fossils. The Heidts depart from Tybee’s Back River Beach into the rolling brown and green marsh, traveling up the Savannah River where white egrets perch and wrens call out. “The fossils settle above the Georgia clay,” Rene says of the piles of earth and clay dredged out over centuries from the river. And that’s where you’ll look – along muddy banks to discover alligator teeth, ancient fish vertebrae, stingray barbs, and maybe the fossilized tooth of a megalodon. “The megalodon shark,” Rene explains, “could fit a T. rex head in its mouth. It was like a school buts with teeth.” – sundialcharters.com