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I took a quick trip to Yankeetown, FL this week because, although I've been there a number of times, it is one of the few locations I know of that isn't under water this year. I screen sifted for a couple hours and got some nice examples of echinoids already in my collection. I'm paying more attention to these sand dollars and sea biscuits since the variety in my collection is growing and my contribution to the Univ. of FL Museum really piqued my interest. I was hoping I could get proper species names for the specimens in the following photos. These would be from Ocala Limestone, Inglis Formation. First the small sand dollar. These are quite common, in good condition and rarely larger than the larger on shown. Next is the small sea biscuit. I think there are 2 different species in the picture, but the more oval one is probably in to poor condition to ID. The other inflated obloid ones are not that common and are what I'm primarily hunting for when I go back to these islands with the exception of the still allusive sea urchin. I appreciate the help. Thanks for your time.
I was inspired by recent posts to visit the canal spoils near Yankeetown, Florida. I did not, unfortunately, find the echinoid riches described by others. However, I did find a muddy, suspicious-looking rock, which, when cleaned, looked like this. Can anyone please help me identify this pretty little coral? Edit: I am told below that this may instead be a burrow cast. Can anyone help to identify it?
I needed to break the monotony of waiting for the rivers to go down after the storm, so I thought I'd go to the spoil islands near Yankeetown, FL to see what the storm surge churned up. I'm always looking for sea urchins, but usually find the normal sea biscuits (Eupatagus antillarium) and small sand dollars instead. This spot is Eocene Inglis formation, and a pleasant spot to spend a sunny morning. I felt pretty guilty that I didn't even think of how the village of Yankeetown faired during the storm until I got there and saw everything piled by the road for trash pick-up. Looks like everything on the first floors got flooded. Lots of trees down as well. They are only a couple feet above sea level so the surge really did a number on them. So the spoil islands were freshened up allot, so the sea biscuits were everywhere. I tried to stop picking them up, but I don't have allot of control over my actions. Here's a shot of the beach showing the rubble contain the echinoids. and here's a close-up of a small section showing the quantity of sea biscuits in the mix. The highlight of the day was when a pod of dolphins were herding a school of mullet up nearly to the beach. I missed all the good shots of the fish jumping and the dolphin scooping them up, but they got very close to me in as little as a foot of water. Very cool. I do have a couple items from this morning that I need help identifying. I'll add them in following entry.