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  1. So I decided to venture outside of my comfort zone of Calvert Cliffs and head over to the Potomac at Purse State park. Low tide was right around 5pm so i decided to head over around 1 and walk for a while. I figured that since I was going late in the day that I would have lots of company on the beach. Well I was wrong on on having company on the beach and on the amount of time I would need to preform a good search. I got to the parking lot and empty I quickly got on my gear and made the mile hike down to the beach. I was very happy to see that there were no footprints anywhere the water was low and super calm. I decided to head to the north first and was very happy to find 2 crocodile teeth because not many are found at my normal stomping grounds. I then decided to fill up a bag of shells for mom because she loves shells and there was an abundance at this beach. I then turned my attention to the south and was rewarded with a pristine otodus and a nice paraorthacodus clarkii a nice cretolamna and some other fantastic teeth my knowledge of the paleocene is not as it is on the miocene. Well i walked all the way to the point when i noticed the sun starting to disappear and realized i still had a 1/2 mile walk back to the trail and another mile back to my truck. I could have spent another 4 hours searching well i will know better for next time. I have also included my past couple of trips along the cliffs my best finds from over there were a couple of stunning ecphoras, a few megalodons, and a hadrodelphis that is my first all in all february has been treating me very well.
  2. James River Weekend - VA

    Mrs. SA2, @MikeR & I guided a trip for 12 along the lower James River in Virginia this weekend. Started out with very iffy weather Saturday morning with 2 foot swells and white caps from an unfriendly westerly wind. She and I were both quite busy tending our boats even when on the beach so we didn't get many photos. Mike was busy helping the folks with IDs and stratigraphy, so he didn't get many either. There were some taken though. Later in the day we did find a very nice, large Eastover Formation slough (upper Miocene). @Fossil-Hound Mrs. SA2 said she "had the feeling" as we approached in the boats. Not to disappoint, the slough produced at least 10 Ecphora between the different members of the group, most were whole or almost whole. @Daleksec still has hold of the lucky horseshoe and found about 6 foot of whale jaw. (After initial inspections last night it appears to be 3 foot of both sides of the lower jaw / mandible. Lots of further work is required.) I will post more photos of Saturday in next couple days. Today was much nicer on the river and we hunted a section of beach with the Rushmere Member of the Yorktown Formation (Upper Pliocene) in the bottom 2 - 3 feet of the cliff. It's very shelly and it too produced large #s of Ecphora. @Fossil-Hound, I'm not exaggerating when I say the group got over 20 on the day, cause I found Mrs. SA2 7 by myself, she found a couple, @Daleksec had 4 or 5 and other members of the group had some too. Here is a photo of my 1st of today, lying there waiting to pose with 2 of @aerogrower's custom scale cube. We were testing out the metric one to make sure Ray put some magic in it. Here is a photo showing the Rushmere Member exposure at the base of the cliff. We had about 600 yards of exposure today. Paleo pick for scale. Here is a photo of my last Ecphora of the day. @Fossil-Hound, calm down. YES, it really is "that big!" @MikeR can vouch for it, he saw it and photographed it, with his brand new metric scale from @aerogrower. Obviously, I have some prep work ahead of me. Speaking of the world famous @MikeR, ladies and gentlemen - here he is coming back to the boat with his bucket of trophies after a few hours in the sun! One of the nicest, most knowledgeable guys you would ever want to meet. I'll post photos of all of Mrs. SA2'S Ecphora from the weekend, @Daleksec's jaw and his gorgeous ~2 inch hastalis with red hues in the next few days. Gorgeous tooth! Cheers, SA2
  3. 3 Recent Ecphora Finds

    Hello everyone. I thought I would share a few pics of three recently found Ecphora quadricostata. I found these back in June on the Tar River in Edgecomb, County North Carolina. They are from The Pliocene Yorktown Formation, Rushmere Member. What makes one of these so special (the largest one too) is that it has a complete spire. Ecphora are very rarely found with complete spires. This one was dug directly out of the formation out just below the water line. The three are also different sizes from very small to a rather large specimen.
  4. Well it is with bittersweet feeling that I'm leaving Maryland this coming Monday for a new job in Utah. This morning at 4:45 am I hoped into my car and drove to the Cliffs one last time to say goodbye. The tides were exceptionally high and I didn't do as well as last time but still had a good trip and found some stuff. A group of kids on a science trip ran into me at Mataoke cabin beach. Their guide had them gather around me as I had a hand full of Chesapecten nefrens and they were all oooohing and ahhhhing. I accidentally dropped a large tiger tooth that I found a few yards away and quickly picked it up. Their guide exclaimed, "Wow I can't believe you just found that tiger tooth!" The kids (especially the boys) at this point could care less about the large shells and where fixated on the tooth. Then they started looking all around my legs for more teeth. I wasn't about to tell their guide that I had found it a ways back and ruin the thrill of the moment so Injust gave everyone a coy smile and said, "Just keep looking and you're bound to find some good teeth." The truth was that was the first tooth I ever found at Mataoke and I never go their for teeth just for shells. :-) Pictures coming soon! PS - Sorry for the pictures and poor lighting. My canon is packed away and so is my nice measuring board. :-( Here's the loot! I'm not positive if these are all Chesapecten nefrens. I'll have to ID them all later but for now I'll call them C. nefrens. Some of these are matching pairs. Pro-tip: If you can get to Bayfront Park by roughly 5:45 am then the Beach Patrol (teenagers with green shirts) shouldn't be there yet collecting money. This was beneficial as I didn't have to cough up $18. I just found out those over 50 can get in for $10. What gives?! Just because I'm a young man doesn't mean I should be punished for it! Very high tides today. Overcast with high tides. This is going to be fun... and wet... Ecphora popped right out of the matrix. I believe this is from the St. Mary's formation because this was found in some rubble that fell from the very top of the cliffs and I know for a fact that's the St. Mary's layer. Golfball sized Ecphora in the Matrix. Please be complete... And... it's missing the bottom stem... Other than that it looks good. I'll keep it. View of a large baseball sized Ecphora. This one isn't worth extracting as that would take hours with special tools and super glue. What a heart breaker. Someday I'll find one this size that won't be so brittle. Here are a bunch of Hammer and Bonnet Head shark teeth with a few Requiem. There's an Angel shark tooth up top. I find fewer of those than cow shark teeth! Some large ray plates. The one in the middle might be the largest plate I've ever found at Bayfront. A collection of newly acquired Ecphora gardnera and Turritella. I don't usually keep bones but this one has some neat dimensions to it. Small C. nefrens are usually not kept but these have beautiful color to them. Not a bad day for Makos. Three of my best Makos from the trip. Not my best trip but certainly not my worst either.
  5. Humpty Dumpty

    A few weeks ago I went to one of my favorite secret spots at Calvert Cliffs where I had recovered some Ecphora's in the past (all fairly beat up). That day I recovered a pristine Ecphora in the mud. I carefully extracted the shell nearly 1.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches in height and proceeded to clean the shell in the nearby surf when to my horror a particularly strong wave knocked the shell from my hands and I watched the shell dash to pieces in the surf. I quickly recovered all the pieces I could find but alas I have give this gastropod the name, "Humpty Dumpty." It appears that despite numerous patches with superglue and careful removal of dirt and sand, I simply do not have all the pieces of the puzzle, so without further ado I present my best attempt at preparing and restoring of this once proud shell. The picture with most of the shell exposed and the opening really doesn't look to bad and I might keep it because these are not easy to find from the location I was at (at least not whole).
  6. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase a while ago from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  7. Ecphora gardnerae (Wilson 1987)

    From the album Gastropods and Bivalves Worldwide

    3.5cm. long. From the Miocene at Calvert Cliffs, MD. Recieved on a trade with Fossil Hound.
  8. Calvert Cliffs

    Had a phenomenal trip down at Calvert Cliffs on Wednesday with my three month old daughter strapped to my chest. This trip makes up for my failed attempts in March where the sandbars where at an all time high and made it difficult to find anything. The sandbars pushed up from the storms a few months back even helped me to get to some hard to reach locations. Here's some finds and a scouting report for May of the cliffs. Also recovered a nearly perfect decently sized Ecphora gardenae that is still undergoing some preparation work. I'll take a picture of that and post it later along with some very large clams with Ecphora burrow holes. The blood red Mako as found in the sand. I rarely sift as the waves and storms (from the weekend) are constantly exposing the fossil record. Some of the nicer specimens of the day. Two makos on the left, snaggletooth bottom right and top middle. Cow shark with eight blades top right, and a decent sized tiger shark top middle. Recovered more Chesapecten nefrens that I could carry out. This is just a fragment of the shells recovered and layed out neatly in the trunk of my car. Some of the C. nefrens where about 5-6 inches in diameter and impressive to find intact as there were so many large shell fragments. These should make for some beautiful display pieces and gifts once they are cleaned up. Notice the right fins of the C. nefrens are larger than the left fins. This is a noticeable characteristic of this fossil scallop. Approaching the cliffs. The tides where up much higher this time but the waves where very gentle. This photo was taken around 7:00 am. The vegetation overgrowth should help to keep the cliffs from falling. Another shot of the blood red mako. I'll take a closeup of the other Mako later as it's a green-yellow cream color. Somebody found this stranded snapper turtle and carried him 3 miles back up to a freshwater pond. What a nice guy and what a cool looking turtle. A bunch of teeth, turritella, shark vertebrae, ray plates, makos, sand tiger, tiger, requiem, ecphora gardenae, crab claw tip, Megalodon root, and snaggletooth teeth collected by a local collector and myself combined from this trip and a recent trip. Matoaka cabins beach shore. The winds here were very strong and kicked up a lot of dust with some impressive waves. I had to protect my newborn in my chest as I braved the winds. Image 8: Female blue crab that appears to have deposited her eggs and passed away to be washed up on the shore. This is a good sign that the bay is recovering from over-crabbing. Crabs are vital to the bay's overall health as they are scavengers and eat decaying fish and other decomposing critters on the bottom of the bay. Male blue crab. You can tell it's a male by the "state capitol" on the underside. Perhaps his mate was the female that just layed her eggs.
  9. Ecphora gardnerae

    Acquired by purchase from a collector from Surry, VA. The site is no longer available to the public.
  10. Ecphora

    A very nice Ecphora. Rarely found whole, this is probably my best specimen.
  11. Ecphora Gardnerae

    I have found a few well preserved Ecphora Gardenrae around Calvert Cliffs, Maryland but nothing substantial. I also managed to find some large pieces of Ecphora so I decided to purchase the following large Ecphora Gardenrae, the state fossil of Maryland, from a dealer that is local (Virginia). This was found from the St. James river and is from the Miocene. The second to largest was found along Calvert Cliffs, Maryland and the smallest is also from Calvert Cliffs. Beautiful specimens. Both of the purchased shells are from sites that are now off limits to collecting. Sadly a lot of good sites are now closed.
  12. Ecphora

    From the album Calvert Cliffs - 3/7/17

    Ecphora is one of my favorite fossils. I remember seeing it for the first time in college and it made a good first impression on me because of it's simplicity and beauty. Here's a decent specimen with some weathering holes. Ecphora were predatory snails and would use their mouth to drill into other shells and eat out their insides.
  13. Calvert Cliffs shells

    I am fighting a sinus infection and didn't feel like making the walk up the hill at Flag Ponds today. Instead I went to the beach in my neighborhood, a 20 foot walk and I am on the beach. I knew not to bother even looking for teeth because our cliffs only have shells. I don't usually mess with the shells so besides the Ecphora I have no idea what they are.
  14. Calvert Cliffs trips

    So i have lived in Calvert all my life and just stumbled across the forum the other day and decided to join to share like so many others these are a few of my finds from the last season the big meg and ecphora are from the last month of cold weather collecting month or so.
  15. 2013 03 30 17.58.57

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Side view of ecphora.
  16. 2013 03 30 17.58.40

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Top view of the ecphora.
  17. 2013 03 30 17.58.34

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Ecphora is the state fossil of Maryland and became extinct at roughly 23 million years ago. This is a rare intact shell.
  18. 2013 03 30 17.57.48

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Ecphora's became extinct during the Miocene at around 23-30 MYA. These are chunks of Ecphora shells. Ecphoras were predatory snails. Due to the size of the chunks, one can assume these organisms grew to a fairly decent size (golf ball).
  19. Calvert Cliffs, Md

    These are my recent finds from a March 2013 trip to Calvert Cliffs, MD. The image you see is of the Maryland state fossil, Ecphora. Didn't find an intact megaladon this time, but I'll go back out.
  20. Ecphora Question

    Has anyone seen or collected an ecphora operculum? This is bugging me because I think I've seen them and ignored them thinking they were something else. A small very thin shell that looks like a fossil jingle shell, but that has the reddish brown color of an ecphora. It's a long story about how I got to this eureka moment, but I was wondering why only the ecphora and this one other shell kept their color. Unless....Eureka! Collecting site is York River State Park in Virginia. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. If I'm right, I need to tell another collector that I gave them the wrong information.