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Found 15 results

  1. rapp creek hunting

    Went out and played in the mud while still relatively warm. Quiet, not much wildlife activity. Lots of broken stuff. Hit an old spot, hoping for cowshark teeth, but didn't find any. Did get two angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth. Several vertebrae, mostly broken. Found another skate stinger piece. Less sand tiger spikes than usual. One of the triangular teeth (sort of in-between a spike and a triangle, the pale one just above the stinger was unusual in that it was three times as thick and heavy as similar sized gray shark teeth blades, possibly thicker than the biggest triangular tooth. Fine serrated edge, don't know if a different species or just a weird tooth? @cck Any ideas?
  2. Rapp creek hunting

    Made two trips to the creek while worrying about Dorian; one trip to the beach, but not much there (picked clean by Labor Day visitors? Only one olive shell and a few bleached, worn small teeth.) I pooled the stuff collected in trips from the same general area in the creek. One of the trips I used a slightly coarser screen, followed by a window screen in response to @MarcoSr excellent recent post "What are you missing????". Since my teeth are micro-sized to begin with, I was sure that there would be lots of new stuff to sort through. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in my initial characterization of the "fines". I cannot see well looking about in the creek, but am very near-sighted and think I can see most of what is there at home (but will retry with a different substrate spot; the spot I was digging was fine gravel and shell bits). I do see more smaller drum teeth. Some bone bits and a few angel shark teeth (may have damaged the roots on them as well with the double screening, always wondered if screening was why my cowshark teeth were often rootless?) No nurse shark or cookie-cutter shark teeth yet, but still intrigued. The two trips were mostly sand tiger teeth, mostly rootless or small root spikes. Some were glossy and nice but I'm guessing the gravel takes its toll. A couple of verts, a small piece of a bonito nose(?), a bunch of angel shark teeth (a few with broken triangular bases; I stood them up for the scan). A bunch of drum teeth (and small round rocks, not shown). One ugly worn cowshark tooth. One for sure small mako, and a few that I cannot see any serrations on (micro mako teeth?) More serrated triangular teeth than usual for me, mostly gray sharks, but one worn-on-the-tip hemipristis. Two tooth pieces, one relatively flat with what looks like hemi-serated edge of enamel, and one heavier, triangular edge with finer serrations that I think, hopefully, is a smallish megalodon. If so, this is the first meg that I have seen from the creek since a kid found a big one thirty years ago there (teeth were much more plentiful, but meg teeth were always rare there).
  3. rapp creek hunting

    Went out to my usual creek which had dried up. Too difficult to strain out the sand, mud, black leaves, and muggy and buggy. Decided to try a deeper creek, and while not as promising, it was pleasant standing in running water watching frogs, salamanders, tiny shrimp and crayfish in my strainer. Not much, one small mako/ great white. It was nice to find an angel shark tooth, which I had missed recently. Used to be the second most common behind sand tiger shark teeth.
  4. rapp creek hunting

    Headed back to the creek; local kids have been busy, a lot of energy into digging, and changing channels in the creek bed. At one spot I saw something barely protruding above the sand, looked to be a huge mako! BUT, it was just a sliver; i had the tip and probably most of the 2" blade edge (no serrations), and no root. The story of my life! Looked hard for more, but nothing. Found three angel shark teeth, one with an unusually big base, a bunch of mostly broken drum teeth. Found the usual sand tiger sharks, a couple of heavy based tiger shark teeth (rare in the creek), skate teeth pieces and one partial stinger, two fin Tilly bones, a broken bonito nose, some elongated "teeth" (at least one had enamel on the tip end), two vertebrae and two vert pieces, and assorted gray shark and requiem shark teeth. Some stuff is small fossil, but no idea what it is. Found one heavy 8" bone, guessing cow. Great to be out, saw birds eggs in a nest, lots of frogs and a few salamanders, crayfish and lots of scuds/freshwater shrimp..
  5. Rapp Creek hunting

    Spent extra time looking for a spot, wandered the creek trying holes (not so deep). A few spots that looked spectacular and virtually a wall of shells yielded nothing. Most spots where there were loose shells in the creek also had small teeth (mostly broken sand tiger, nothing spectacular or big). Overall lots of teeth, but quality was not great. My "best" spots required a lot of digging. But the weather was nice, Spring-like and it was a pleasant hunt. Found ten or so drum teeth, three ecphora (one small one is complete), four angel shark teeth, a tooth in matrix (I don't see many of those, fine serrations), badly broken cowshark, four vertebra-- all different. Most of the triangular bull shark/ dusky/ gray shark teeth I find have fine serrations, two today had pronounced (including the biggest tooth), but not as striking as the usual hemipristis(?). Found a tiger shark tooth, much more common on the beaches. So still looking for a good spot, lot of digging ahead, but a good problem to have.
  6. rapp creek hunting

    Made a final trip into the woods prior to opening of deer season here. Don't think they'll bother me if I avoid disturbing their game a few days before hunts. We had a lot of rain and shells and bits were everywhere in the creek. Surprising that I didn't spot much in the creek bed, but screening yielded the usual small stuff I find (eight angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth-- tried to stand then flip over--, pieces unfortunately of two cow shark teeth, lots of sand tiger shark spikes, tiny teeth). Nothing big. Picked up an almost intact ecphora, bigger busted ones washed out everywhere along with with scallops (Chesapectins) and frilly oysters. I don't usually mess with shells. Beach has been horrible lately (wrong wind), but may be my only hunting for the next week. Maybe time to go fishing!
  7. rapp creek hunting

    Finally got out to the creek in the woods. Warm and cloudy, but not many bugs (or frogs). Looked like lots of people had been hunting, but the main creek body was less silted than previously, shells everywhere (in addition to giant tree oysters, scallops, frilly oysters, there were some extra elongated "clams"? ) I had to shovel out lots of broken shells in my spots, and the teeth, as always, were small. Still it was good to get some angel shark teeth and drum teeth again (rare on the beach) and there were a fair amount of tiny teeth. Found one smallish mako/ great white (1" but in perfect shape). Odd in that many teeth were reddish/ pinkish; often I see the tips but not so many teeth that color (guess good for jewelry?) After three hours of digging and sifting, I decided it was time to go, but decided to try a favorite old spot where I have found several cow shark teeth, and voila! first shovelful yielded a beautiful (a bit small) intact cowshrk tooth with root. Good time to stop (probably sore tomorrow). Good relaxing trip!
  8. rapp creek hunting

    Finally went back to the creek. Lots of changes from the rains. Took my first few hours to find productive spots, which I only worked the last hour. The mosquitoes were horrific; although there were leopard(?) frogs everywhere, no dent in the mosquito population (must have missed a few spots with bug spray or they liked the flavor). One big cow shark tooth with a root, some points tipped, and and a second piece, three or four angel shark teeth, which I missed at the beach trips. Lots of spikes, and little teeth. Found three small verterbrae, skate teeth, rough stinger, and scute, and several drum teeth (waiting for stuff to dry).
  9. Rapp creek hunting

    Headed out into the heat. After thunderstorms last night, was hoping some sand would wash away. Mosquitoes and biting flies were bad, and the great white/ mako area had been worked hard by someone else. So tried a second spot downstream, where I've found cow shark teeth in the past. Found two, one weird looking, but cannot imagine what else it could be. Six angel shark teeth (standing in blow up photo), a dozen or so drum pharyngeal teeth, plus lots of sand tiger spikes and bull/dusky shark triangles. A lot of the small teeth are odd to me, but that make reflect them generally being more weathered or broken.
  10. My last trip for a while with summer crowds coming, some of which will spill over into my hunting area. The recent rains exposed many picked over shells and silted over other spots, but overall there are places that are now easier to dig and sift. Tried a finer mesh, hoping for a nurse shark tooth; still drying but so far only angel shark teeth, the usual bull and sand shark teeth and one broken cow shark tooth. The highlight was a pretty mako tooth; perfect blade and intact root (although tip is curved slightly lingually on the end). These teeth and smaller Megalodons were common when hunting this area 30 to 40 years ago, but the first I've found there in a long time, really surprised me.
  11. rapp creek hunting

    Nice Spring outing, very green, nice balance of frogs, salamanders, nesting birds (in the creek bank?), with poison ivy growing well and more background construction/ farming noise than usual. Not much has changed in the creek bed, could use a good rain to wash out more. The tooth hunting was slow (probably because I wasn't working at it hard enough). Still, came out with a nice intact(?) ecphora, two broken cow shark teeth, four angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth (or facsimiles thereof; don't usually pick them up unless pretty, but it was a slow day). Some stuff in matrix, unusual for the creek but nothing clearly exciting. The sand shark teeth were small and many broken (guess the kids in the area have been picking these). Picked up a lot of bits and pieces (a few of the smaller ones are in the photo; guessing many are turtle= my default for flat pieces that look like but are not seashells). More to sort through. Small stuff to puzzle over.
  12. rappahannock creek trip

    Finally back from Singapore, so decided to brave (the much cooler) weather. Been away for three months and seemed to be a fair amount of collecting while I was away, hope they did well. I hunted hard for an hour or so with nothing but shells (which I don't usually pick up, but better than nothing!) Found a spot which produced maybe 75 small teeth (two angel shark, a broken cow shark, and teeth with very few cusplets, maybe washed more in millennial tides than those I usually find?) and a few interesting things that maybe I should post on the ID request section (?). Good to get my clothes muddy and my feet wet again. Will take a while (had just acclimated to Singapore) but don't notice much when digging / hunting. The first photo is most of the stuff collected. "2-3-18-teeth" shows the two angel shark teeth, some typical tiny teeth, and two things I cannot identify. "teeth 2 and 3" is a weird concave piece, have no idea what it could be(?), never noticed anything similar. "teeth 4" is a small oval piece with radial striations on the more flat side; two others are shown but the scanner couldn't capture the striations. Whatever it is it's fairly common. Thanks for any help. I think I'll try to get the bone ID'ed in the other section (will need to get better photos). 2-3-18-sharkteeth2.pdf 2-3-18-teeth3.pdf 2-3-18-teeth2.pdf 2-3-18-teeth.pdf 2-3-18-teeth4.pdf
  13. Angel Shark Teeth!

    Angel Shark teeth are among my favorite fossil teeth. Pictured are the teeth of Squatina Subserrata and Squatina prima. show your angel shark teeth below!
  14. Angel Shark

    A very nice example of a Lee Creek Squatina. An uncommon tooth.
  15. Nj Cretaceous Ids

    All four were found in Big Brook upstream from the parking on Hillsdale. My best guesses are from L to R: Ischyodus jaw fragment?, Angel Shark (Squatina hassei), worm tube of some sort, and no idea on the last one. The last one does look fossil to me and not concretion. The third pic is another view of the leftmost fossil and the fourth pic is another view of the rightmost fossil. I welcome all ideas.