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Had some windy days and had high hopes of finding nice stuff on the beach. had recent back and hip issues, but figured the exercise of bending over to check would help, just made me sore! Two recent trips were similar. Early morning trip was cold, with a crashing surf. Water high and dirty, found nothing much (a box turtle carapace and part of its plastron, but recent. Picked up lots of curious wood and rocks). Returned yesterday, much warmer, and water lower, and the same crashing surf. Found nothing much in the first two hours, but enjoyed walking and checking stuff on the beach. Ospreys and terns were plentiful. The wind died and the first five feet or so along the shoreline became visible, and I suddenly started finding stuff! Two shrimp coprolite burrows, and two others that may be conceretions; will be more clear when completely dry. A one and a half inch mako (not broad or narrow?) with a reddish cast around the edges and a midget mako. A few other skate and usual small beach teeth. I saw two points in the sand and initially thought cow shark, but when I picked it up it was what I believe is a seal tooth (one IDed here years ago). Three roots (two perpendicular to the tooth) and a small cusp/ blade (not sure if intact?) Good trip, finally!
Have been trying to find shrimp coprolites at several beach sites. After a few good outings, have been coming up empty. Was looking forward to getting to a beach after our latest (unexpected) snow with a week of warm weather ahead. Of course the low tide is small this week and both am and pm are in the dark. And the wind which was predicted to be from the west (blow-out tide) was from the east (our low tide this morning was actually higher than high last week's full moon). So arrived early, tide coming in fast but no breeze and no "wash" along the beach. I found a mako and the partial winged fish(?) vert immediately but fairly soon could not reach the shell edge in my boots. Several walks up and down the beach water line yielded a few small teeth. There was a huge amount of stuff-- leaves, small black pieces of wood, lots of mostly oyster shells; visual overload!-- in tide lines deposited along the beach. I gave up on the wash and wandered around picking up some small pieces of whale bone, and discarding lots of rusted metal, and rock-like chunks with scallop impressions. I noticed something leaning against a bush far up on the beach (actually guessing skate plate) and found my 'best' megalodon tooth this year, split in two and tipped but about 3" (I had heard there were no megs on this beach from several friends, but I've found several pieces; maybe they meant no "whole megs". The oyster tongers and scallop dredgers get them, possibly that's why my tooth was broken cleanly in two.) Serrations are there but a bit worn. Not much, but still fun. The two makos are pretty but small, the others are small and worn. Given conditions I was very happy with the hunt, better than my last few outings.
Had high hopes for hunting on the beach on the south side of the river. Went out Saturday, but the water was up and dirty, no real low tide, found only two small teeth in two hours. Today was better, much of the sand had washed away, leaving shells, rocks, small pieces of metal, waterlogged wood, and rare shark teeth. My eyes aren't that good, but I think I found every tooth by seeing the root first. The makos are pretty color, but their roots aren't great. My first megalodon tooth in years is ugly and barely qualifies as a tooth! Also found a small chunk with pretty serrations. Will try to get out the end of the month when tides are lower.