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  1. If your also into photography, Matoaka Beach Cabins have some great opportunities to photograph birds of prey. One of their campsites is situated right at the cliff and the birds were flying all over! A long lense will help for better shots, but there is subject matter all around. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, vultures, and gulls. We had a great time!
  2. 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.
  3. Geoduck Clam

    Excavated from a block of submerged martrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay by landslide. The common name, geoduck, is pronounced "gooey-duck." This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  4. Scallop

    Found on the beach near Matoaka Beach cabins. This specimen has several pearl buds, including some that developed around predation holes.
  5. Mussle Shell Steinkern

    This is a particularly fragile type of shell, made of many fine layers, and is prone to disintegrate as these did. This rare steinkern was found on a block of matrix submerged in the Chesapeake Bay. Dimensions are for the best-exposed steinkern on the block. The entire block is 14 cm wide x 10 cm high x 5 cm deep.
  6. Shark Trace Fossil

    There has been much debate about the identity of this strange item on the forum. I finally solved the mystery thanks to the (click next) Calvert Marine Museum web site . These are a reasonably common find on the beach near Matoaka Cabins. They vary in size and shape, owing to the different species and ages of the sharks that produced them as much as the teeth shed by the same sharks. What they all seem to have in common is the black, polished surface, the generally oval shape (which can vary in proportions), and the appearance of an outer coating that splits on one side.
  7. Barnacle

    Found on the beach near Matoaka Cabins. This is the largest one I have found to date.
  8. Geoduck Clam

    This was excavated from a block of matrix collected from submerged landslide material in the Chesapeake Bay. The common name of the shell is pronounced "gooey-duck." The height listed is the diameter of the opening between valves on the posterior side, where the siphon extended.
  9. Scallop

    Chesapectin nefrens is an index fossil for the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation. This example is particularly nice because the interior is almost completely layered in pearl.
  10. Moon Snail

    This piece was excavated out of a block of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay by a landslide. The shell was partially exposed in the water. The dark side was still in the matrix while the light side was exposed to the water. The pock marks on the light side are from modern barnacles which I removed during preparation. L. heros is a species with variation in shape. It may have a taller or flatter spire and the overall shape may be more or less globular. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  11. Miocene Mystery Shell

    Okay, here's a real stumper. I have five specimens of this shell species, all collected on the beach at Matoaka Cabins, but on various trips. They are all about the same proportions, and all irregular shaped, but with the same growth rings and what looks like maybe attachment area. So far, I have looked in Glenn's 1904 volumes, Vokes, Peteuch, Ward, The Calvert Marine Museum web site, a book on Delaware Miocene fossils, and the FF Facebook page. It shouldn't be that hard if I have five of them! Anyone have a clue?
  12. Moon Snail

    Lunatia heros is a predatory snail that drilled holes in other mollusks' shells to eat the contents. One often finds hole that they left behind in the surrounding fossil shells. The shells of L. heros are variable, having more or less extended spirals, more or less globoular shape, etc. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  13. Scallop

    This is an index fossil for the Drumcliffs Member of the Choptank Formation. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History
  14. Turret Shell

    I erroneously identified this earlier as the similar Turritella plebia, until looking at one more reference! Mariacolpus octonaria is an index fossil for the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History
  15. Keyhole Limpit

    Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History. According to L.W. Ward, 1998 ( Full Reference : L. W. Ward. 1998. Mollusks from the Lower Miocene Pollack Farm Site, Kenty County, Delaware: A preliminary analysis. Geology and paleontology of the lower Miocene Pollack Farm Fossil Site, Delaware [A. Miller/A. Hendy/A. Hendy] ) , the Genus was re-assigned from Fissuridae to Diodora.
  16. Ark Shell

    Another common find near Matoaka Beach Cabins, D. elnia is an index fossil for the Drumcliff Member. This one resides in the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  17. Venus Clam

    Another common find near Matoaka Beach Cabins, this is an index fossil of the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  18. Venus Clam

    A reasonably common find near Matoaka Beach Cabins. This was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  19. Clam

    Found near Matoaka Beach Cabins. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  20. Lucine Clam

    Although I have collected this species from Choptank Formation matrix, this one was found on the beach. The red staining suggests it may have been from another formation as the Choptank sand at St Leonard is gray.
  21. Crassinella Clam

    Found at the Beach near Matoaka Cabins, E. marylandica is an index fossil of the Boston Cliffs Member of the Choptank Formation. The genus for this animal bounces back and forth between Marvacrassatella and Eucrassatella. WoRMS lists it as being re-assigned to the Eucrassatella genus. As of this update (November 8, 2017), the Eucrassatella genus has been restricted only to Indopacific species, so the genus was reverted to Marvacrassatella. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  22. Oyster

    Although there are oysters littering the beach, I would hesitate to call any one of them anything other than modern. The fossilized oysters of this type retained their colors remarkably well. This shell was excavated from a lump of matrix deposited in the Chesapeake Bay after a landslide. This specimen was donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  23. 8/12/17 Matoaka Beach

    Yesterday I went on a pretty great hunt. First off let's start with Matoaka Beach, which is not incredibly crowded and had pretty views. Swimming however wouldn't be great since the water was overrun by jellyfish. I hunted for two hours and filled up a cardboard box (bad idea, gets soggy) with fossils. I'm a complete noob so I don't own a sieve (I'll probably get own eventually) so the hunt for sharks teeth was quickly abandoned (except for the elusive meg, one of which was found the day before I heard, 'bout 5 inches. I found none.) this place is SO much better than Calvert cliffs because you can actually hunt in front of the cliffs rather than the fossils having to be washed south (in the process being broken) my hunt for Ecphora was fruitless, only pieces. I have so many complete chesapectans I'm gonna have to make some sort of display case for them, I might have to do a contest because they are taking up to much space! I did find one top and bottom chesapecten (nefrens btw). This is all Choptank formation, I believe once you get to the power plant, the Calvert formation has dipped under. Without further ado, here are my finds from the first half of the day (might be a while before all are uploaded): 1) Astrhelia palmata 2) Panopea (sp.?) 3) chesapecten nefrens 4) stienkern with a little shell, don't know the genus/species
  24. Matoaka beach questions

    1.) open sundays? 2) allowed to hunt under (not in) cliffs? 3) good fossils? 4) crowded? thanks for any responses.
  25. 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.
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