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  1. Hey guys, I'm planning a trip to the Chesapeake and Calvert cliffs area for a few weeks from now and I was wondering i any more experienced hunters have some biases towards which areas and access locations they like best. I've previously been to the Matoaka Cabins and Calvert Cliffs State Park, both of which yielded similar finds with nothing big, although I found the access to the cliff bases at Matoaka more favorable. I'd also love to find a canoe rental in the area to boat about and stop at exposed beach areas to hunt before heading further along the stretch, although general advice an
  2. Here is a brief report from one of our latest forays into Calvert County, MD. The well-known stretch of shoreline along the western Chesapeake Bay is loaded with Miocene fossils, with the Calvert, St. Mary's, and Choptank formations progressively exposed along a ~24 mile stretch of beach and cliffs. We found an Airbnb in Lusby, MD which was not too far from Matoaka Lodges, which seemed the best bet since the nearly 2 mile walk to the beaches at Calvert Cliffs State Park is impractical for our family at this time. Covid-19 and Maryland's onerous private land regulations can make it
  3. Hi all - I am new to the group so please forgive me if I miss any information. I found this piece in question on a sandbar right off of Wallops Island, Virginia. I believe it is some kind of tooth or claw/talon. Unfortunately I am on vacation and left the piece at home. But I estimate it to be around 6 inches long (0.15 meters) and about 2 inches wide (0.05 meters). It has a little weight to it but still light. This was the best picture I had that shows the full piece and the root top.
  4. We found this hollow bone-like fossil in the surf of the Chesapeake bay, Haven Beach, Mathews VA. It appears to have a cut or tooth mark. Can't find anything else that looks like it. Could it have been broken or sawed?
  5. Capuzzi2

    Whale Bones?

    New member. Hi. Found these chunks of probable whale bone on a sod bank along the Chesapeake in Kilmarnock Va. The one on the right is a rib base. The other two might be shoulder or pelvic girdle bones.
  6. Octoberjohn

    Maryland Adventures

    I finally was able to take the family down for a short trip to Maryland this past weekend in hopes of finding some shark teeth. Despite the heavy crowds everywhere we went we able to have a fun filled weekend. We started off Saturday morning and were the first on the beach at Flag Ponds Nature Park. The tide was coming in but we still managed to pick up a few teeth. Our best find there was a nice mako, almost and inch. We stayed there until lunch, took a break and went off to Matoaka cottages for the afternoon/evening. We didn’t find nearly as many teeth there but were able to fin
  7. HoppeHunting

    Flat Fragment

    This fragment was found at Bayfront Park, where the Calvert Formation of the Calvert Cliffs is exposed. It is only about 1/2 inch in length. It is almost perfectly flat on the top, with one line running down the middle and several smaller scratchlike lines running approximately perpendicular in either direction. The middle line seems to be a wall-like structure that goes through the entire cross section as it is visible on both sides. The bottom of the object has many tiny pores, that when viewed from the side appear to be the tops of tube-like structures. I am really stumped on this one. It l
  8. I_gotta_rock

    Miocene Mystery Mammal Vertebra

    Miocene, probably mammal bone. Hoping for some clue to the animal. Doesn't look like a piece of cetacean vertebra, but obviously has the hole for the spinal cord. HELP!!!!
  9. I_gotta_rock

    Mollusk Molds

    From the album: Calvert Cliffs

    Molds from the Choptank Formation. Member unknown. Virginia Miocene
  10. PolskiByk

    What is this cluster of nodules?

    Found at Brownies Beach, on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Never seen anything like this. What is it?! The 30+ nodules are very hard material like enamel, and the base is bone material. Can someone please help identify this fossil?
  11. Wow! Have I been busy with the fossil hunting recently. I have been blessed with the opportunity to go hunting every weekend for the last few weeks, sometimes even twice. and I have been having good results and have learned a lot from you guys on TFF so thankyou! I headed down to The Cliffs on Saturday to catch the high tide washing away at a new fall that looked like it could be very productive after a few tides (which it turns out it was). I met fellow members @fishmore5 and another member who goes by the name Cowshark? I'm sorry I forgot. Pic 1: I found a variety of teeth and other fo
  12. HoppeHunting

    Brownie's Beach 12/26/17

    Hey all, I haven't posted in a while, but I've been on two more trips recently. On the day after Christmas, my dad and I headed back to Brownie's Beach for my second (and his first) trip there. Although we were pretty wiped out from Christmas Day, we were determined to arrive early in hope of some good finds. We ended up getting to the park just after sunrise. The sunshine over the horizon of the Bay is always a beautiful sight. We weren't quite the first people there, but we got right to work as soon as we put our bags down. My dad stayed near the entrance and got a ch
  13. NOVA Sharktooth novice

    Chesapeake bay find

    Went shark tooth hunting on a frigid day and found hardly any shark teeth, probably buried in the snow/ice, but did find this in the slush. Anyone able to identify it? Thanks!
  14. Our final day saw us leaving Greenville at 5am on the way back north to Calvert Cliffs. Matoaka Beach Cabins to be exact. A breezy but beautiful day! Very little in the way of teeth and my daughter found all of them. One of them she darn near dove for. The photos will explain why.
  15. I_gotta_rock

    Corbula inaequalis

    This specimen and dozens like it were collected from matrix material deposited in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay by a landslide. It is one of only a few species that consistently survived intact in the matrix samples I collected. Most specimens were single, unbroken valves, but several had both valves together and intact. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Formerly known as Corbula inequalis.
  16. So sorry its been a few months since i posted my finds just been really busy. Here are my finds from Calvert cliffs for the past couple months sorry for the delay in posting my finds and this was my first Giant Thresher ever in 25+ years of collectin on the bay!! Plus a ground shot of one of the megs and some associated whale material it was a good spring but alas now the sand and high water have arrived come on fall!!!!
  17. Boneheadz

    Bayfront Park-3/19/16

    Headed out last Sunday to Bayfront Park. I got down there before the sun even came up and there were still people down there. I don't think its possible to go without running into some one down there. The water was really high and cloudy from all the rain we've had, so pickings were slim. I did manage to find a mako sticking out of some fallen formation out of the cliffs. The tooth is in great shape but the gums are a little beat up. What i really like about this mako is it really shows some wicked feeding damage from where the shark bit its own tooth. I wonder what it could be eating. I hope
  18. Boneheadz

    Bayfront Park-3/3/16

    Headed out for a trip to Bayfront Park on Wednesday with my GirlFriend to see if any megs would come our way. Although we didn't find any megs we did find some cool things. One of the pictures shows something I cant identify, its fossilized for sure but I can't tell what it is. Maybe coprolite? Also found a sweet Dolphin tooth and shark vert. Boneheadz
  19. Boneheadz

    Bayfront Park-2/28/16

    It's been a really long time since I last went hunting at Bayfront Park. So I took the trip down there to see what i could find. It was a beautiful day out, but with nice days comes a ton of people down on the beach. I headed around the cliffs and the number of people dropped haha. The water was murky and having people beat me down there resulted in not finding much that day. I was able to find a nice vert and a jaw bone that looks like to me to be either dolphin or porpoise. There was also a lot of cave ins along the cliffs so everyone be careful out there! Boneheadz
  20. Mike L

    What type of fossil are these?

    Hello everyone, I was recently exploring around the Chesapeake Bay where I live and I came across about 20 of these fossils. They were inside of some clay at the bottom of these cliffs attached to the bay. If anyone can let me know what they may be and what they may have belonged to at one time that would be awesome. -Mike
  21. It was horribly hot and I found that I decided that I could spend a few hours on my day off in the water. Literally in the water. Rather than walk the local cliffs or paddle out to a spot I tend to favor, I decided today would be the day I tested out some newly acquired snorkeling gear and see if my luck would improve. Yea...No. We have had storms. We have had cliff fall. But today, all the patience, tools, and honey-hole visits couldn't muster much more than a few smaller teeth, a single small vertebrae, and bone fragments. And snorkeling is fun, but it doesn't do much good in our very mu
  22. I_gotta_rock


    From the album: Calvert Cliffs

    Balanus sp. Found at Matoaka Beach, St. Leonard, MD Miocene era, 10-20 myo Specimen is 4 inches long.

    © Heather J M Siple

  23. I_gotta_rock

    Partial Whale Vertabra

    From the album: Calvert Cliffs

    Found at Flag Ponds Nature Park Miocene era

    © Heather J M Siple

  24. I_gotta_rock

    Moon Snails

    From the album: Calvert Cliffs

    Lunatia heros Matoaka Beach, St. Leonard, MD Miocene Era, approx 10-20 myo What looks like a bad job of piecing the larger one together was actually Mother Nature's doing. I just picked it up off of the beach and coated it to keep it from moving.

    © Heather J M Siple

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