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  1. I had Friday off and decided to head out to Matoaka Beach to do some shark tooth hunting along the Calvert Cliffs. I arrived bright and early and soon came across a decent-sized Hemi. Unfortunately, it was incomplete: missing one side of the root, some serrations, and part of the blade. That turned out to be the theme of the morning as I continued to find several other partial Hemis on the beach. When I finally found a complete tooth, it was in the 0.5- to 0.75-inch range, which is typically the size I find here. While I’ve found several tantalizing bits of larger Hemis at Matoaka, the largest complete tooth was under an inch. Still, finding even smaller and broken teeth is fun, and I had the beach mostly to myself with favorable tides. So, I kept going. And then, in a few inches of water, I saw what looked like a tooth. I definitely haven’t mastered the art of spotting submerged shark teeth. I’m used to my underwater “finds” being shells, rocks, leaves, twigs, and chunks of clay. But I reached down anyway. And I pulled up what is by far the largest Hemi I’ve found to date, measuring 1.28 inches along the slant and 1.22 inches wide—a complete and beautiful tooth! After a long day of fossil hunting, I had a few other nice finds too, but the Hemi was my trip maker. On my way out, I found one last broken tooth, which would have been a real monster, possibly in the 1.5-inch range. Maybe next time, I’ll find one of those intact too!
  2. Unknown vertebra

    Found a vertebra in Calvert Cliffs, (Matoaka Beach) MD on the beach today. Approximately 3-3.5 cm in diameter and 2-2.5 cm thick. There are 6 “holes” spaced fairly evenly along the sides. Site is known for fossilized shells and shark’s teeth. Not sure if it’s shark, fish, or something else. Vertebra protrudes out maybe a half a centimeter on one side, so not perfectly round. But, could have been worn down in the bay. Not completely solid. I can hold it up to the light and see a few areas where light shines through a few pinholes. Anyone have any idea what it may have belonged to? Should I take pictures at another angle or with different lighting? Thanks!
  3. Matoaka Beach

    Hi. In addition to going to Big Brook this week I was fortunate to get to Matoaka beach for the first time. Did not do as well but it was still had a blast. Hunted with @Searcher78 who always seems to find the nicest tiger shark teeth. I did find my first stingray barb though. Enjoy the pics.
  4. Matoaka Beach iron concretions?

    I found these on Matoaka Beach, Maryland a week ago. I found some of these that have bone and shell in them. I also found turtle shell fragments and other bone fragments. I think they are just iron concretions of some sort, but since I found bone in some I question whether there may be something else to them. Any thoughts?
  5. This is part 2 of my Maryland fossil hunting trip on Chesapeake Bay. Be patient with me as I tell my stories. There are lots and lots of fossil pics to come, especially shark teeth from the Calvert Marine Museum. I know there is a Trip to the Museum section, but since many of the fossils I found hunting that day were on display at the museum I deemed it appropriate to combine the two in one post. I planned to drive to Matoaka Beach to hunt, but I would pass by the Calvert Marine Museum. Several people had recommended visiting it. @BobWill had even given me the name of someone who volunteered at the museum, Mike Elwoods. When I got there the turn was coned off. I had to drive 1/4 mile and circle back by another route. There was a field across from the museum filled with cars. It was just after 10:00 but there were people all over the place. It was Patuxant River Appreciation Day. A big community event with 2 live bands, free boat rides in a nice sail boat, free paddle boats and then the old fashioned row boat with ores. There was also face panting, little sailboat building tables ( the boats looked amazing for the little kids building them, with adult assistance of course). There were all kinds of venders and arts and craft booths and food and drink booths. On one end of the complex a good size stage with a rock band playing. On the other end there was a band playing jazz and big band music, think Benny Goodman, if you know who he was. I’ve been a fan of big band, Benny Goodman and Glen Miller since I was 12. My music tastes are pretty eclectic. I had to park about 1/4 mile down the street and walk past the quaint houses. I walked into the museum and up to the receptionist to buy a $9.00 ticket. She said that today everything was free. Yay!! I asked if there happened to be a Mike Elwoods there. She said yes and told me how to get to the prep lab. I followed her instructions, but came to a hands on fossil table where 2 men sat. I asked one of them if he could point me to Mike Elwoods. He said that was him. I introduced myself and told him Bob Williams said I should look him up. I told him I was a member of the DPS. Fossil tales and discussions ensued. I looked at the interactive material and took pics of a bunch of it. Here is what I did take pics of on the display table that you could touch and pick up. I apologize in advance for the poor quality of my photography. The museum was kind of a hit and run kind of thing so I was trying to get through it all quickly so I could get some good hunting in since this was my last day. A shark tooth display case on the table. This meg tooth was one of Mike’s recent finds. He let me hold it. He had a foam replica of a much larger one. The foam one was for kids to hold and look at. He said the smaller one’s like this are found around Maryland. The larger ones he said were found in more recent formations in the Carolina’s. I found a number of single bar fragments at Brownie’s Beach of at least 3 kinds I think, but I thought it was cool to see the bite surface is the smooth surface. In hind sight I wish I had gotten straight on pics of each of these little shark teeth cards. These were easier to photograph than those on display, which were in poor lighting and behind glass. I believe the loose pieces are crocodile material not dolphin. I did find one of these Only mine is a bit more translucent. These are dolphin ear bones. The one on the left is phosphatized. I took many pics at the museum. I’ll share more of those later. He wanted me to come to the prep lab to show me a bunch of echinoids he had recently found, which had fallen from the cliffs near his home on the bay. I happily obliged. The prep lab was small, but the shelves were lined with cool fossils found in the cliffs and on beaches of the area. These are the echinoids he found that he wanted to show me. There were boxes of them unprepped on the shelf. I think he said he found 60 something. Don’t quote me though. There was a work table in the middle of the small room with a plaster cast with a whale jaw in it in the process of being prepped. The skull was in a box on a cart at the end of the table. You can see the ear bone there in the middle. The whale jaw. He said they were almost done with this side, then they were going to plaster it, flip it over and prep the other side. I asked what glue they were using on it. He said B-var, but I can’t remember which. I think 72. He said the skull had been found in the cliffs on the beach nearby after a recent avalanche. When they cast it and removed it another whale skull was found behind it. That one was supposedly still in the cliff. Later in the day I found out exactly where it was found. These are other whale items on the shelves. I saw this and my jaw dropped in awe of the coolness factor and how it looked. I thought it was glued together or contrived somehow, but things are as they found them. It was found on a beach outside of St. Mary’s City. He said this is all reworked material. Nobody even recognized the material or knew of any place with this kind of matrix with this mix of fauna in it. It was found washed up on the beach. I don’t have any starfish in my echinoid collection, but I think a starfish would be in my top 5 bucket list of things to find. I recently found a site about 2 hrs from where I live where they have been found. So I’m Jones’n To take a trip there. Trilobites are in the fauna list too for the site near me. I don’t expect I’ll find either, but I gotta try. Anyway, Mike said to his knowledge starfish had The color is a little off in the pic. The matrix is a light gray without a yellow component in it as best I recall, like what is seen in the 2nd pic. This is a close up of one of the starfish with shell material in it. I see phosphatized gastropods and 2 species of turitella I think. This was on tje workbench in front of the prep room observation window. I commented on how cool it was and was in the process of taking a pic of it when Mike said “Oh, the scallop? We have lots of those.” He pulled a box of shells from the shelf with large gastropods, sea shells and scallops. He held it out and told me to “ Take what I wanted.” I chose a large complete scallop valve. I’ll post it in the next post.
  6. Canine Conundrum

    Hi everyone. I found this tooth at Matoaka on Saturday, August 25th. It tinks when I tap it on china, or up against shark teeth. It is hollow. Fellow fossil hunter, JPC, suggested it is a mammalian canine tooth. Question is, which one? Any suggestions? The ruler is in cm. It looks basically the same on both sides.
  7. Hello everyone, I apologize for the delay in making my report, but my latest trip was delayed by an upper respiratory infection. I took this past week off from work, with plans to visit both Matoaka and Flag Ponds, but then the virus hit and so goes the best laid plans of mice and fossil hunters. By Thursday, after four days of long naps and lots of fluids, I decided I was well enough to make the hour and a half drive down. I also thought that some sunshine would do me good. The day was gorgeous, not the normal, swampy heat that my home state of Maryland is known for. We call it, 'the air that you wear.' Surprisingly, the crowd was small. for such a beautiful, sunny day. I arrived at the cliffs around noon. High tide was around 9:30 that day, so while I would have preferred to go earlier, I waited for the tide to roll out a bit. The waves were a bit stronger than I expected, so I am glad that I waited. It was not a day for teeth because I found nothing other than a few tiny lemon shark teeth. But after meeting Igotarock and seeing her report, I had shells on my brain more than teeth this time. Whodaman, I was not feeling up to going all the way up the beach to the second cliff, but I have been eyeing it up for weeks. It is on my list for a cooler day or maybe a day when I can get an earlier start. The material that fell down a few weeks ago at the first run of cliffs is still revealing gems. On my way to the fall, I made the mistake of slipping on the clay ridge at the base of the cliffs. I know that area is very slippery and I try to avoid it, but I stepped up on it for a minute because the sun had dried it fairly well so I thought I was safe and I wanted to look at a very large clam shell. On my way back to the sand, my feet both went out from under me at the same time. Fortunately my bum hit the sand and not the harder clay. I banged my left wrist up a bit and it was very sore last night, but no permanent damage. After sitting for a bit and making sure there was no real damage that would keep me from going on, I made my way to the fall, found some promising chunks and put them in a bucket that I had brought along with some bubble wrap. Tonight, I got out the toothbrush and the dental pick and revealed this,
  8. Busycotypus sp.

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    I excavated this from matrix that fell out of the Drum Cliff Member of the Choptank Formation in Calvert Cliffs. I have looked at all the books and online resources I have to find a species, but nothing quite matches. If anyone has a species, I'd love to hear! This is the only specimen I've ever seen, let alone found. This one, like most other shells in the matrix, is extremely fragile and would not have survived exposure to the elements long.
  9. Busycon spiniger

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Can you believe I found this just sitting there, sticking out of a block of landslide material on the beach and wiggled it out with a screw driver? Never found even a suggestion of one before and this is only one of two I found in three days of carving through that block to discover the rest of its treasures. The other, sadly, is not in as good a shape, but still a treasure! Found at Matoaka Beach, St Leonard, Maryland.
  10. Dugong Bone

    From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Look what washed up on the beach! Scratches on it may be tooth marks. Found on Matoaka Beach, Calvert County, Maryland
  11. From the album Calvert Cliffs

    Carefully exposed all of these with a dental pick from the lump of matrix in which they were encased. Nothing got moved, just glued insitu. top: Scaphella virginiana center left: Mariacolpus octonaria center right: Ecphora megane bottom left: arcadae indet. sp. bottom right: Glossus sp.
  12. Calvert Cliff Iron replaces wood?

    I found this yesterday at Matoaka, looks like wood but it is preserved (or dare I say petrified) in iron. Is it wood or geological? Has anyone found something like this at the cliffs before? 2.1 inches height, 2.2 length
  13. Venus Clam

    Collected from landslide material in the bay. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  14. Clam

    Collected on the beach. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  15. Cup-and_saucer Snail

    Collected in landslide material in the Chesapeake Bay. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  16. Gastropod

    Collected from matrix from Shattuck Zone 17 that washed into the Chesapeake Bay by landslide. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  17. Ecphora Snail

    Collected on the beach after a storm. This is an index fossil for the Drum Cliff member of the Choptank Formation, Shattuck Zone 18. Choptank is the dominant formation at Matoaka Beach. Donated to the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
  18. Matoaka beach, Veterans Day

    First and foremost, I'd like to thank all those who serve or who have served in the U.S. Military for their service, and wish them a happy Veterans day a little late. So I decided to go on a hunt to matoaka, got there about or a little before low tide. They have sitters to borrow there, which is a nice gesture but unless you hope to pick up some sand and find a 3 inch meg they help about as much as a flu shot helps a head ache. As an added bonus, the air was a crisp 30 some degrees (low 30s) and the water much colder. As i went down the steps a fellow fossil hunter headed up and said " Good luck! There's a lot of sand..." which is not a great omen. Nevertheless, I forged ahead. I started along the cliffs, I had been advised to look at fallen dirt for megs, which didn't pan out. I started picking up complete chesapectans until realizing there were copious amounts, so I picked ended up with about twenty (no double valves this time) so I'm going to have to have a competition for chesapectans, anyone game for that? I found about half an ecphora, purty big too, and put it in my bag unfortunately though the bottom failed to seal due to sand and somehow it fell out. Once I realized this I combed the beach many times to no avail. Disheartened, I decided to try my luck for the waterline for sharks teeth instead. This turned out well, I got one shark vert and a few snaggle teeth, one looked like a meg at first (of course everything starts to look like one after a while) and some other various shark teeth, one possible patho. Rays teeth and ecphora pieces were also found and some coral (A. palmata). So all in all, a pretty good day once the fingers went numb. I am still on the prowl for the ecphora and meg though..... Some of the finds:
  19. Who does this bone belong to?

    I found this bone yesterday on matoaka beach, I'm wondering what it belonged to, or where in the skeleton it was. It has one concave side, so I'm guessing a joint somewhere. Miocene Choptank formation. if more pictures are needed I can provide them.