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Hello all, Went to Flags Pond yesterday and found a piece of vertebra and possibly a tooth(?) I am having a difficult time identifying. For the vertebra, what species did it come from? For the second item, is it a tooth? If so, what species did it come from? Thanks, Shauna
My kids had a bucket list for winter break, and one of the items was to go to a beach. Yes, my kids are the ones who enjoy going to beaches in winter! So on Friday, Jan. 4, I bundled the kids up and we headed out to Flags Pond, getting there at about 9 a.m., as the tide was coming in. I can usually find some nice small teeth washing up with the tide there, and my kids and I got to work combing the beach. We had more luck with rays, but we still found a decent number of teeth. My oldest enjoys finding the coral pieces, which are easier for him to spot. My youngest kept trying to go swimming, and I had quite a time trying to keep her from belly flopping into the small waves. One thing I didn't like about this trip is that it was hard for me to help my kids find teeth, as they were washing up, and if you didn't grab them right away, they washed away. I like to find teeth, then circle a large area in the sand around the tooth and tell my kids to find the fossil. I tried that a few times, and the waves washed the tooth away before my kids could spot it. They got frustrated and eventually gave up and began burying "treasure" in the sand. (There may be some buried Cheez-its in the sand for future treasure seekers!) Eventually, my youngest managed to submerge a good part of her body in the cold water when I wasn't looking -- sneaky! She was dressed in a snowsuit and boots, but she still got wet, and I didn't have enough backup clothes on hand. So back we trudged to the car. In my haste to get my youngest in dry clothes and into the warm car, I managed to forget my sand sifter. Alas! But, on the plus side, I walked out with some fossil finds and a wonderful day with my kids in a beautiful location!
I haven't visited Flags Pond in ages, as it's not been a very good site for me, fossil-wise. Still, I had a free Friday on July 27, and with the kids in tow, I headed to Flags. It's is a good beach play-wise for the kids, and I hoped the beach would be in good shape after all the rain we've gotten recently. The path to the beach was accessible, the beach itself was in good condition, and there were quite a few people visiting alongside us. Despite the crowds, I walked away with quite a few first finds, including my first odontocete and what I think is my first Cosmopolitodus hastalis. I also found tooth fragments for what could be a large tooth (or maybe I'm just dreaming!). There were tons of bone fragments, ray teeth, and coral pieces washing up onshore as well, and my older kid was thrilled to find some all on his own!