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  1. So sorry its been a few months since i posted my finds just been really busy. Here are my finds from Calvert cliffs for the past couple months sorry for the delay in posting my finds and this was my first Giant Thresher ever in 25+ years of collectin on the bay!! Plus a ground shot of one of the megs and some associated whale material it was a good spring but alas now the sand and high water have arrived come on fall!!!!
  2. Our family of 3 attended the special event that was held at Stratford Hall yesterday. Dr. Weems was the guest speaker. This was our second year participating in the event. I liked it being in June instead of August this year. It was warm but not as hot as August. Tides were decent. Here is what the three of us managed to find. (Pretty good day) Can't wait for next year.
  3. Hello fellow fossil hunters, After one month, sorry for the delay, here it finally is: my trip report of the fossil hunting in Cape Town, South Africa! First off, I just wanna say this: before my trip to SA, I asked here whether it was possible to hunt there. Everyone said that SA had strict laws on fossil hunting, and that I would have no chance there. Obviously I was disappointed, yet also confused, because on Fossiel.NET (Dutch version of TFF), there were two locations with lots of info about them in SA, and they didn't say anything about the law. After that, on Instagram, I met a guy that lived in Cape Town, and his posts were those of fossils he had found there! So I sent him a message asking about the rules, and he said the following: fossil extraction/digging is forbidden, but if the fossils are found in loose sediment, you are allowed to pick them up. Which was great news, because this meant I could hunt at Milnerton! Now, to the report. As we arrived in the parking, we saw the big sandy beach stretching out. As we got onto it, we could barely see 20 meters in front of us. Then the fog cleared up slightly, giving us a better view of the beach. We then met a lady who was also hunting for sharkteeth, and she gave me some tips for searching. As we continued our walk on the beach, after about an hour of having found nothing except for a few modern seashells, we arrived at the lighthouse. We got up close to the lighthouse and noticed some people sitting there, with a towel in front of them. We went over to see what they were selling, and, of course, there were sharkteeth! Extinct giant whites (mako's) and great whites, many complete and in good condition. They also made necklaces out of the teeth that were less well preserved. So we bought 3 sharkteeth from them, and also got a small necklace for free, all that for only 120 ZAR (more or less 8 USD)! They were extremely nice with us, and gave us many more tips for finding fossils, as we had explained that we also love to find them personally. Thanks to their very helpful tips, we soon found some teeth too! And we also found some pieces of bone, very similar to those I find on the Zandmotor, my usual hunting spot in the Netherlands. Finally, towards the end, I even found a big whale vert! All in all it was an amazing day, and the weird weather made it a unique experience.
  4. Spent a couple of hours on a small beach, lots of whale bone but guess the teeth are pretty much picked over. Very pleasant 'hunting', no bugs, no black leaves, just lots of shells. Then went back to my creek spot for a few more hours and was rewarded with a decent mako (small chip) and a broken cow shark tooth.
  5. There's a debate as to whether or not Great Whites evolved from Makos. There's also enough scientific evidence to suggest they do. See: This tooth can therefore be classified as either Isurus hastalis or Carcharodon hastalis. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isurus_hastalis
  6. Had a phenomenal trip down at Calvert Cliffs on Wednesday with my three month old daughter strapped to my chest. This trip makes up for my failed attempts in March where the sandbars where at an all time high and made it difficult to find anything. The sandbars pushed up from the storms a few months back even helped me to get to some hard to reach locations. Here's some finds and a scouting report for May of the cliffs. Also recovered a nearly perfect decently sized Ecphora gardenae that is still undergoing some preparation work. I'll take a picture of that and post it later along with some very large clams with Ecphora burrow holes. The blood red Mako as found in the sand. I rarely sift as the waves and storms (from the weekend) are constantly exposing the fossil record. Some of the nicer specimens of the day. Two makos on the left, snaggletooth bottom right and top middle. Cow shark with eight blades top right, and a decent sized tiger shark top middle. Recovered more Chesapecten nefrens that I could carry out. This is just a fragment of the shells recovered and layed out neatly in the trunk of my car. Some of the C. nefrens where about 5-6 inches in diameter and impressive to find intact as there were so many large shell fragments. These should make for some beautiful display pieces and gifts once they are cleaned up. Notice the right fins of the C. nefrens are larger than the left fins. This is a noticeable characteristic of this fossil scallop. Approaching the cliffs. The tides where up much higher this time but the waves where very gentle. This photo was taken around 7:00 am. The vegetation overgrowth should help to keep the cliffs from falling. Another shot of the blood red mako. I'll take a closeup of the other Mako later as it's a green-yellow cream color. Somebody found this stranded snapper turtle and carried him 3 miles back up to a freshwater pond. What a nice guy and what a cool looking turtle. A bunch of teeth, turritella, shark vertebrae, ray plates, makos, sand tiger, tiger, requiem, ecphora gardenae, crab claw tip, Megalodon root, and snaggletooth teeth collected by a local collector and myself combined from this trip and a recent trip. Matoaka cabins beach shore. The winds here were very strong and kicked up a lot of dust with some impressive waves. I had to protect my newborn in my chest as I braved the winds. Image 8: Female blue crab that appears to have deposited her eggs and passed away to be washed up on the shore. This is a good sign that the bay is recovering from over-crabbing. Crabs are vital to the bay's overall health as they are scavengers and eat decaying fish and other decomposing critters on the bottom of the bay. Male blue crab. You can tell it's a male by the "state capitol" on the underside. Perhaps his mate was the female that just layed her eggs.
  7. Is this a Mako tooth? It was found in the Peace River (Florida) in the same spot as some megalodon teeth, but this one looks different. Thanks!
  8. Hi all, Is this a mako? In my opinion it looks a little bit like Isurus oxirhynchus, but I'm not sure. I know that it's quite worn, but still IDable. It comes from Balegem, Belgium (--> Lutetian, Eocene; 45 mya). Thanks for the help, Max Closeups side 1:
  9. Hi, I found this nice shark tooth at the Ernst Quarries in the Slow Curve. Not really sure about the identification, but it looks like a mako to me. The tooth is 2 inches long. Thanks.
  10. I'm wondering if this is a small benedeni tooth and if not what is it? It's 1.2" long. cheers!
  11. I'm not sure what type of tooth this is, I found it in Venice, Florida. I've been thinking that it is a mako shark or extinct mako shark tooth, not exactly sure though
  12. Hey all, I have a tooth here, and I'm a bit confused. It comes from Hoevenen (BE), and dates from the Miocene. I'm pretty sure that it's a mako tooth, but I'm not sure what species: Isurus hastalis or Isurus oxirhynchus? Or perhaps another one? Also, how exactly can you distinguish I. hastalis from I. oxirhynchus? Best regards and have a nice Sunday! Max
  13. No work, kids were in school, and warm temperatures predicted...time to head to the river again! My wife searched along the water's edge while I broke out the shark tooth sifter and dredged the first drop off in the water. It didn't take long before I found a nice Mako and feeling pretty good about it...then my wife yelled at me and motioned me over quickly, a beautiful Cow Shark tooth! We have found a few before but they always were broken, this was the first one that we found that was intact...definite trip maker! We both continued on finding the normal teeth for the area and decided to head home a few hours later, I hesitated and said I needed to find one more tooth before going...glad I did, I then found the second Mako! It's going to be hard for me to work all week without coming down with...*cough cough*...tooth fever! LOL! The total haul: Awesome Cow Shark! Makos I believe this is a Lemon, largest one I have found. A bone fragment that I found, thought it was pretty cool to see the hollow insides. Not sure what this is, My wife found it and thought it looked interesting. I think it is geologic but I told her I would throw it up here to see if anyone thought it was something:
  14. Hey everyone! Finally had the time to go out hunting again after a looooooong time We went quite a few times during the past week. Had a few kinda slow days, until we found a decent spot that produced some nice shark teeth. Lots of mako's… Some miscellaneous teeth A small cowshark tooth Continued in following post
  15. So what else to do on a 70 degree day in Feb walk the beach of course. The water was high and the wind was whipping but i managed to scratch out a few nice teeth and the coloring on the mako is wild!!!
  16. Got this shark tooth on the peace river. It has no serrations. It is two inches long even with the tip broke. Thoughts? Also included are other pics for ID. The big bone appears to be a bison phalanx ? The vertebrate is possibly a crocodilian? The small toe or foot bone, I speculate, may be from a bear or cat? I hope. Sorry for some of the cropped pics, I wont have access to a camera again for a couple days. If needed, I can post more in a couple days. Thanks for any input. Sorry, but I could only get these pics to resize and load. Still trying to figure out something I am completely new at.
  17. So i knew low tide was at 1040 this morning so i got up and got ready to walk around 8am. Well i got down to the beach and the water was GONE talk about a blowout tide. In fact it was so low i couldnt even launch my canoe. So I walked to few spots and did ok nothing huge, but I did find a SWEET vintage Pepsi bottle all in all not a bad day!!!
  18. So I just picked up my first Mako tooth from an auction site. It came from Georgia according to the seller. I usually don't buy shark teeth, but this one just jumped out at me, plus, I am going to be using it for a display so it seemed appropriate! It measures 2 1/8 inches (5.398 cm) It has the most lovely colours, I couldn't pass on it and wanted to share!
  19. I found my first mako along the Calver cliffs and I'm wondering if someone could tell me if it's I. desori or C. Hastalis.
  20. Does anyone else get confused between Isurus Hastalis and Desori? For example some hastalis lowers kinda look like desori. Is there a good way to tell between the two for sure?
  21. Hi everyone, One of my friend just found this tooth in Brownie Beach (Calvert Cliff, MD). It looks like a worn Mako but it has serrations, so I am toward a Meg tooth. Any other suggestions? Thanks
  22. I got to hit Flag Ponds for a few hours this afternoon. It was blustery and 33°, but turned out to be a pretty good day. These are the best from today.
  23. I picked up this small but well preserved mako tooth from the auction site yesterday. It caught my eye because of the small cusp-like features and what appear to be (very) rudimentary serration like waves along the edge by the cusps. It is from Chile, so the location would be right for a transitional tooth. When it arrives I'll post some shots under the microscope. I'd like to hear others thoughts on this tooth. The truth is, for $15, I don't mind if it is a transitional tooth or not, but serrations had to start somewhere edit: I added some zoomed in photos from the original auction, this site seemed to have stripped some of the detail out after publishing.
  24. What a day! We were both kind of bummed that we couldn't go out yesterday in the beautiful weather since we had to pick up the girls from their grandmother, but we did pick up my wife some hip boots to make it easier to search for teeth (she is styling in them too). We woke up today to light rain and dreary conditions...after debating it for a few minutes we decided to go anyway. In the back of my mind I was thinking that this trip was going to be a bust, with the good weather the day before I was sure that the place was picked over...glad I was wrong! The beautiful thing about the river is that it is always changing, and the rain and wind today produces just enough chop to keep the sand stirred up, and the river revealed its treasures to us! Within a few minutes of hitting the beach, we both found mako teeth that were high and dry...great way to start! The water's edge was constantly spitting out really nice teeth as we went back and forth; I couldn't believe it when one wave came up over a gravel bed and when it receded a Meg was laying there! My second Meg in two trips! Unbelievable! It will be hard to top this trip this year...but we will try! Total haul: My second Meg! (Now to find a big one...I know, I'm getting greedy! ) Biggest Mako. Another nice Mako I found just before leaving.
  25. This shark tooth was found deep in a cave on an island which is off the Panamanian coast (Atlantic side). It appears to be a fossilized mako shark tooth; however, I haven't been able to identify the exact Isurus species. It doesn't appear to be either of the currently living mako shark species, Isurus Oxyrinchus or Isurus Paucus. That leaves eleven other extinct species. Any help would be very appreciated!