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  1. Hey all, I am new here and to the hobby in general so I apologize if I am not following some etiquettes that I don't know about. I just wanted to share my experience on the Withlacoochee river so that maybe someone else can learn from it. My buddy and I drove up to the Florida Georgia line to visit the Withlacoochee river and hunt for some agatized coral. I am a senior geology student and none of my fellow classmates or professors I've asked know how or where to fossil hunt for whatever reason so I am learning this all myself. Anyways, I brought a couple kayaks and we got on the river with neither of us having a clue what to look for other than what information I could find on this wonderful forum. We spent the better part of an hour loading down the kayaks with what now appears to be junk rocks and paddling upstream towards some gunshots on the north side of the bank shooting west to east that we inferred we're coming from the gun range we saw signs for. When we got close enough to hear the snap of the bullets before they hit their steel targets, I noticed that the bed of the river was full of the coral so I hopped in and started loading up with rocks despite my friend's insistence that this was not a smart place to be. We could hear the shots hitting the steel and ricocheting off into the trees, but I figured I was safe down in the river. After about 10 minutes, one of the ricochets impacted about 2 feet away from us and startled us real good. We booked it out of there and went upstream hoping to come back when the range closed. Eventually we ran out of time and had to paddle back past the range, luckily with no close calls but there was still shooting unnervingly close. While we were loading up the kayaks on the ramp under the highway, however, another bullet whizzed over our heads. This was about a mile away from the range. We drove past the range on our way back to kindly suggest they do something to fix this in the future, and we were not taken seriously. The worker even tried to tell me it was a different man on the south side of the river, yeah right. I did learn that they were closed on Mondays, so maybe I can make another trip out there to actually find some decent coral. Anyways, be safe out there everyone. I would enjoy hearing about other stories similar to this so that I may learn the easy way in the future.
  2. Trip to GA for Agatized Coral!

    Hey folks! You may have seen Cris's video of our Agatized Coral hunt recently (I was a little behind on editing!). But here is my take on it, and my finds! We don't always get to head up to GA to hunt for coral, so this was a very nice change of pace. We found some really killer pieces!
  3. Florida Agatized Coral?

    Hello everyone. Does anyone here do any hunting for agatized coral? My girlfriend loves crystals and I would like to take her on a agatized coral geod hunt. Her and I are brand new to fossil hunting and rock hounding so we have very little experience. In researching the subject I found that the popular sites to find these are the Suwanee river, Withlacoochee river, and Econfina river. Can anyone provide me with any information on the subject. Also, I know that it is a lot to ask but if anyone hunts for these regularly and wouldn't mind a couple tagging along to learn the ropes that would be amazing. Jimmy
  4. I took a couple days in August to get away again, with the plan being 2 days in Clyattville, GA to hunt for agatized coral in the Withlacoochee again. I had already made several trips up there this summer and after the first day, which was not very productive, I thought I would explore a little. The morning of the 16th, I headed back to the Suwannee near White Springs, Florida where I've looked for coral before without success. I tried a new access point and planned to paddle upstream as far as my body would allow and look for evidence of coral along the way. Here is the input spot. Some Florida people should be able to recognize it. The Suwannee's water is so dark with tannin that your feet are invisible in 12" of water. Pretty spooky when you're wading in it. The level was up a little so wading wasn't in the plans. I scanned the shore for outcrops or loose pieces on both sides of the river for about 3 miles and did manage to find a few pieces without any significant digging. When the White Springs gage falls below 50 feet, the river bottom should be more visable and may yield more. Here's a picture of a couple pieces I brought back and cut. The colors are much different from what is found in the Withlacoochee although the agate isn't as translucent. It does take a nice polish. I just finished the cab in the picture this morning. Definitely worth another trip when the water level goes back down. This makes another option for summer hunting while the rivers in the southern part of Florida are too deep.
  5. I've been spending quite a bit of time in southern Georgia this summer while waiting for the rivers to drop. The Withlacoochee, fortunately, doesn't follow the pattern of the south Florida rivers so it gives me something to do most weeks. I have not been bringing much back these days, either because my luck is down, or because I'm trying to be too particular, but I got this piece the last time I went and thought it was really cool. Depending on the conditions and the mineral concentration of the local water, these corals will be agitized solid, or hollow with either crystals of quartz or several types and colors of botryoidal material inside. Usually a head will be consistent, because conditions were the same in a general area. This one though, didn't follow the pattern.
  6. It may be because I was born in Lockport, NY and grew up in Buffalo, NY that after 30 years living in Florida I still believe that summer is our best season. There are just so many alive things in our environment that it can't help but make you feel alive as well. Unfortunately, for most of our state, the rains that support that life also fill most of the rivers and creeks beyond the point where we can pursue our favorite hobby. Fortunately, there are a few rivers that buck the trend and give us a chance to do a little hunting, if we chose to broaden our options a little. The (North) Withlacoochee River coming out of southern Georgia is one of those rivers and luckily it provides an almost unlimited supply of agatized coral for those of us who like to cut, polish, tumble or just admire the variations in colors and configurations. While the Peace River has been rising through flood stage and the Santa Fe has been going out of reach, I've taken three 2 day trips to get some relief from the homebound responsibilities of Florida's wet season. This last trip we were blessed with cool temperatures (no higher the 88 degrees) low humidity and plenty of sun. They were 2 beautiful days with some coral found and almost no activity on the river. I did have some company: which I don't mind much. I actually see very few snakes when I'm out collecting, but I should think more about my preference for collecting by myself. This was just a water snake so there wasn't any issue. The river was only flowing at about 30 CFM so there was allot of exposed shoal area and seepage. Good for a little drink and mineral supplements:
  7. Fossilized coral head

    From the album Fossilized Coral Head

  8. Decided to try out a new type of fossil huntin' last tuesday (12/23) & wasn't disappointed. I use to think it was a joke Agatized coral is the FL state fossil (& not something neater like Mastodon or Megalodon) but after this experience these remains are something else. Searched the Northwest beach & ended up keeping maybe 3/4 of all agatized coral I found; certainly wasn't expecting this sort of abundance & beauty without slicing them open (except the bottom 2 on the rightmost pic here, was able to bust that one on concrete but most didn't). Started by finding some in the water but became increasingly difficult as the tide started coming up & was surprised how much many were just lying fully exposed past the surf. I walked past several other collectors but to my surprise I don't think they knew what fossil coral was. Oh well. Wasn't much other interesting pieces besides these, a few mollusks shells, chunk of modern coral, & the modern find of the day- a weird dead crab (spider crab, near bottom right of first pic) of which I was easily able to salvage its shell.
  9. 20141213 131057 1

    From the album Alafia River Coral

    To quote www.paleoportal.org, "[Florida's] state stone is a fossilized coral (Montastreasp. is pictured) that lived in the shallow seas covering the area during the upper Oligocene to lower Miocene (23-26 million years ago). Over time, the calcium carbonate of the coral skeleton has been replaced with agate." This piece has druzy quartz areas.
  10. Found a beautiful specimine of agatized coral in the surf on Honeymoon Island yesterday (8.18.13). I go there 2-3 times a week to fish, hunt coral and photograph.
  11. I finally made it back to one of the most beautiful places to look for one of my favorite fossils - Agatized Coral from the Tampa Bay area. I only had one evening and one morning to search and these are some of the smaller pieces that I have. I brought back about 50 pounds of beautiful corals- most of which I need to cut. Can't wait to see what is inside! If any of you have suggestions for cutting it properly I would love to hear your methods. We had a hammer with us but it became clear we were just shredding the coral. I am thinking of using a wet saw to get some clean cuts. If you are not familiar with it, this site does a nice job explaining it. http://raysrocksandgems.com/Withlacoochee_Coral.html
  12. I was in Key West about a month ago during some pretty strong winds. Tons of coral had washed up on the beach, much of which was crystalized. I am curious if the process of it forming the crystals is similar to the agatized coral that you find in the Tampa area (like in the first picture)? I have a little of that from a trip to Tampa a year ago but can't find any information about crystalized coral in the Keys. Most of the coral in the bowl pictured is crystalized but it is difficult to see the crystals so I took some close ups with the microscope. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you! Kelley
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