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Found 26 results

  1. rapp creek hunting

    Combined the results of two trips to the freshwater creek (five hours total of hunting). Good variety, but no size and lots of broken stuff. One place I was digging in fine gravel and found several vertebrae, few intact, skate teeth, lots of drum "teeth", many broken, and three angel shark teeth, one broken. Also found small rootless tiger shark tooth and a badly broken small mako. The other spot, more sand and shells (probably should start collecting them, just fragile) yielded mostly sand tiger teeth. More overlap than I note here, but gives the picture. Found three sand tiger symphysials, highly unusual (wish they were cowshark! ) Did find two broken cowshark teeth, one each spot).
  2. rapp creek hunting

    Went out to my usual creek which had dried up. Too difficult to strain out the sand, mud, black leaves, and muggy and buggy. Decided to try a deeper creek, and while not as promising, it was pleasant standing in running water watching frogs, salamanders, tiny shrimp and crayfish in my strainer. Not much, one small mako/ great white. It was nice to find an angel shark tooth, which I had missed recently. Used to be the second most common behind sand tiger shark teeth.
  3. rapp creek hunting

    Went out on a hot and humid morning to the creek, digging and sieving was nasty and the bugs were bad. Found the typical sand tiger spikes, lots broken, and some drum teeth, but surprisingly no angel shark teeth or vertebrae (washed away?) A bunch of white snail-like shells usually find similar bigger ones on the beach. Most interesting was a chunk of turtle shell (from the edge, bigger than usual) and a tooth (I find lots of busted ones, but this is almost intact. About an inch long, dull enamel half way up on both sides (one side cracked); the root is almost square and appears hollow).
  4. rapp creek hunting

    Ben away for a while, so wanted to get out. No signs of kids having been "at work". Guess too hot or not worth their effort. Spent three hours hunting, lots of gravel (few verts, drum teeth and only one broken angel shark tooth). Did get a cowshark, tiger and hemi tooth (rare at that site), two tiny mako/ great white teeth, the usual sand tiger spikes, skate teeth, and some triagular bull or similar shark teeth. A few interesting tiny shell and concretion pieces. Guessing crab but could it be shrimp @Carl ?
  5. Break from the heat today, so hoped to enjoy the weather at the beach. Unfortunately the surf was washing small black wood particles up the length of the beach, and that negated the low tide. The water was turbid and I couldn't see behind the 'black surf' which was crashing more than I like. I only found a badly weathered cowshark tooth in the first hour, but being stupid and stubborn I kept at it and found a shrimp coprolite burroe, a pointy something (?), a skate tooth and six other small shark teeth (lost two at home, probably will step on them). The weather was gorgeous so I decided to try the freshwater creek, which has been hunted forever by the neighbors. The first spot, lots of gravel, found a broken cowshark tooth (with a root), a shrimp coprolite burrow (the sites are five miles apart so they must be common fossils), several skate teeth, a small pointy thing (not like the beach one), a vert, and a bonito nose (some other stuff still drying). But not many teeth (?) Tried another spot (mostly sand and shells) and found lots of teeth, but all small (another broken cowshark tooth, three angel shark teeth, and many sand tiger shark spikes and gray shark teeth, and a tiny mako or two. Beautiful day and lots of exercise! Birdsong impressive! Saw no amphibians today. Hope some of the stuff that is drying is real interesting, if not it will end up on my driveway.
  6. rapp creek hunting

    A perfect weather day anyway! "My" spots had been over-run, so started digging with a garden trowel at the base of an undercut bank, hoping roots might hold a cowshark (near where I found my only cowshark symphyseal years ago) or bigger (mako) tooth. More gravel than shells so guessing near middle of the stream bed in the past (nothing big, so not too distant past!) Did find three ecphora (not prized 30 years ago); the biggest did not survive a chunk of bone in the bucket alongside (may try to piece back together; a sickening loss, though missing its tail). Four verts (often seem to find in gravel), some round Tilly bones, 30+ small teeth, nothing exceptional, a stippeled piece of vertebra(?), skate teeth, small broken stinger . Lots of concretions, possibly some shrimp coprolites in a piece (will wait for total drying); the first ones I found were in the creek, since then all have been on a river beach. Bird eggs gone from nest (hopefully as fledglings), a black rat snake, many different frogs, a salamander (eft? ran on shore), and some interesting birds, that I didn't recognize. Wish I found more, but happy with a short hunt (two hour), not a difficult trip.
  7. Rapp beach hunt

    Made two trips to the beach. First, water was muddy from wind (from the wrong direction), hot but many leisurely walks up and down the beach, mild surf. Found lots of stuff and some little teeth;,and a broken mako, par lately. Nice hunting, good exercise. Expected the water to be clear but visibility was still bad this morning. Worse, the wind was calm and the sun was hidden by clouds and the no-seeums were out in force. I fought them for about an hour; wasn't finding much in the weak incoming tide (the weirdly shaped, pathological(?) mako, no evidence of a break, a few small teeth), had to give up. Never had this problem in the winter!
  8. rapp beach hunting

    Surprisingly with no north wind since my last visit, still managed to find a fair amount of teeth on the south Rapp beach. Sadly the bigger teeth were broken. One piece of burrow with callianassid coprolites, hadn't seen any in a while. Beautiful morning, light breeze, no bugs. Not a lot of debris on-shore at tide lines and shell-lines in the water with minimal. Guess there are plenty of pieces there as every trip down or up the beach would find a tooth or two in the incoming tide.
  9. Rapp beach hunting

    Most of our wind and weather is coming from the SW, so not a lot of goodies lately on the beach (south side of the Rapp). Always nice to get out though. My first hour I found two teeth. As the incoming tide climbed I kept telling myself to leave, but walking and looking did find five more, culminating in a funny shaped reddish mako/great white (guessing a lateral tooth). I thought the vert was an acorn top but was happy I picked it up. More footprints on the beach, need to try some new spots, but I keep telling myself that!
  10. rapp creek hunting

    Beautiful day, lots of spring peeper frogs everywhere. Creek looked like it had been extensively worked while I have been away. Broken shells and torn down banks showed the local kids(?) have been busy. Everything greening up, yet not a lot of mosquitoes, water levels dropping. Hunting was mediocre, found four ecphorae in other people's tailings, none perfect (one encrusted with barnicles, not shown). Lots of small teeth (but no cow shark or angel shark teeth), some skate pieces, a few broken drum teeth, a nice fin Tilly bone. With Spring turkey season coming up soon, I'll be staying away from the creek for a while, trying the beaches instead.
  11. tiny shark teeth ID help

    Don't know what they are (tried to get scans of both sides). One looks like a tiny mako/great white, no serrations, but is probably something else? One is cracked. Several 'leaning' ones are missing much of their roots
  12. rapp creek hunting

    Yesterday was warm here (75 F=~24 C), but rainy and extremely windy. The spring peepers (early frogs were out and noisy!) About 45 F this morning (7C), and less windy, so decided to take a chance on trees and limbs falling. The little creek was up and difficult to get into the spot I wanted to hunt (I got soaked and cold as it is), so I just tried a mixture of old and new 'holes'. Was expecting the water to be much warmer, but must be spring fed, extremely cold. The scud (tiny freshwater shrimp) are breeding and are everywhere, salamanders as well. Saw one big green frog and a box turtle (hopefully they'll survive the freeze tomorrow). Screening near a hole with raccoon tracks came up with four crawfish claw points. Not so good on the shark teeth, mostly small and broken (and lost two of three angel shark teeth I found). The yellow sand shark tooth was not well fossilized; the roots were intact, but completely crumbled in the bucket. As usual when slow, picked up lots of stuff that will probably end up in my driveway. Decided to try one last spot (mostly dug out) where I used to find cow shark teeth, and my first scoop of sand and gravel yielded a nice cow shark tooth with root! Made the trip. Hopefully the water will drop eventually and I can dig in flooded spots.
  13. rapp creek hunting

    Tried to get out before the ice storm in search of cowshark teeth (found none and hunted hard). Lots of small sand tiger teeth, including a crooked one and a symphyseal, and lots of split teeth. Lots of drum teeth, (the dull side is more interesting than the glossy side). Four angel teeth that stand up on their triangular base, two whose root is damaged. Two or three mako (broken). Lots of small triangular teeth (dusky, bull, gray? not sure what all they are). Lots of batoid/ skate teeth, but no stingers or denticles. One whole vert and a small disc echinoid. Lots ofsmall 'whale bone' and bits to go through. Not what I was after, but quantity if not quality was good.
  14. Rapp Creek hunting

    Spent extra time looking for a spot, wandered the creek trying holes (not so deep). A few spots that looked spectacular and virtually a wall of shells yielded nothing. Most spots where there were loose shells in the creek also had small teeth (mostly broken sand tiger, nothing spectacular or big). Overall lots of teeth, but quality was not great. My "best" spots required a lot of digging. But the weather was nice, Spring-like and it was a pleasant hunt. Found ten or so drum teeth, three ecphora (one small one is complete), four angel shark teeth, a tooth in matrix (I don't see many of those, fine serrations), badly broken cowshark, four vertebra-- all different. Most of the triangular bull shark/ dusky/ gray shark teeth I find have fine serrations, two today had pronounced (including the biggest tooth), but not as striking as the usual hemipristis(?). Found a tiger shark tooth, much more common on the beaches. So still looking for a good spot, lot of digging ahead, but a good problem to have.
  15. rapp creek hunting

    Went into the woods and hunted the creek some, major rain shuffled stuff up. Found a whole scallop, the two shells together for a million years but fell down with my bucket, broke the pectan apart, broke one, and also two partially broken ecphora are now wholely broken (fortunately I'm not broken). May have lost a few teeth as well. Found at least one broken cowshark (possibly three?), and several angel shark teeth, a few drum (probably more when the other stuff in the bucket dries) and mostly tiny teeth. The most interesting find was a black vertabra with weird paired processes on each side. Lots of water in the creek, but a nice day for hunting!
  16. rapp creek hunting

    Made a final trip into the woods prior to opening of deer season here. Don't think they'll bother me if I avoid disturbing their game a few days before hunts. We had a lot of rain and shells and bits were everywhere in the creek. Surprising that I didn't spot much in the creek bed, but screening yielded the usual small stuff I find (eight angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth-- tried to stand then flip over--, pieces unfortunately of two cow shark teeth, lots of sand tiger shark spikes, tiny teeth). Nothing big. Picked up an almost intact ecphora, bigger busted ones washed out everywhere along with with scallops (Chesapectins) and frilly oysters. I don't usually mess with shells. Beach has been horrible lately (wrong wind), but may be my only hunting for the next week. Maybe time to go fishing!
  17. rapp creek hunting

    Went out to find a new spot. After a few unproductive but relaxing hours (not as humid, not many mosquitoes, lots of frogs), I found a spot that yielded a bunch of small teeth, including a cowshark and three angelshark teeth. Also found pieces of at least three tiger shark teeth (rare in my old spots) Found a piece of frog(?) jaw with three flattened teeth (small but bigger than most I've found). I thought I had found another Mako ventral tooth, but it has serrations, heavy at the bottom and fine in the middle edges of the blade. People here IDed it as a hemi ventral tooth. Picked up about 20 "drum teeth" but half lacked the distinctive glossy top and hollow bottoms (and a few black shell bits discarded with the small black round rocks). Hopefully the "vein" won't die out like the last spot!
  18. rapp creek hunting

    Been a while and really wanted to see what all the rain had done to my favorite spots. Best was silted in worse than before (guess I'll wait until Fall). There were shells washed out everywhere, and lots of sifting through shells, pebbles and sand yielded what I usually find, maybe more split teeth than usual (no idea why?) and more tilly bones, and lots of croc? teeth(?) with patches of flaking enamel. The humidity was unusually low so I spent a long time (five hours) hunting and didn't feel like I was finding that much, but the quantity turned out to be pretty good. Two cowshark pieces, three angel shark teeth, One weird pathological tooth (?; near penny), a narrow mako/ great white tooth(?) (too heavy and broad for a sand tiger tooth, but has a small cusp or two), a sting ray barb, a nice vertebra, and a bonito nose, not common here. Picked up a lot of what I thought were drum teeth, but after drying only about a dozen had the glossy top and hollow bottom.
  19. rapp creek hunting

    After heavy rains for the past week, was hoping stuff would be re-arranged in my creek and new stuff would be visible. The reverse happened; my favorite spots were silted and sanded in. Much of the creek bed had changed water flow, and hardly any of the usual shells were visible just sand everywhere. Good to be hunting again. Most of the frogs were gone (probably eaten) but saw a few fearless ones. So did some digging and screening; nothing big, a bonito nose, a small skate stinger, vertebrae, some broken cow shark teeth, lots of drum teeth, three or four angelshark teeth, and rare (for me) a small rough tiger shark tooth. More rain predicted for the next week, more exploring for me.
  20. rapp creek hunting

    Went out to the same creek. Muggy and hot, and not finding much beyond six angel shark teeth, and the usual spikes some with cusps, and lots of broken stuff (so I picked up a lot of glossy black marked stuff to go thru later out of boredom; some pictured). Mosquitoes when cloudy, biting flies when sunny. Medium sized frogs (3-4") everywhere and seemed totally unafraid, kept climbing on my digging stuff and equipment and shoes ; was hoping they were eating the biting bugs, but seemed to be lots of small salamanders where they were more concentrated. Although expected the water quality to be excellent with all the life around, I noticed a 'swimming itch'-like rash on both forearms a few hours after reaching home, probably from reaching up under banks and scrapping against mud, shell bits, sand and gravel. Seems to be going away now. Hoping for a good thunderstorm to flush out the creek a bit, maybe tonight.
  21. After a lot of rain was hoping more teeth would be exposed, but mostly just more sand silting and much of what I found was small or broken and the angel shark teeth seemed to have washed out but I found more further down the creek. Did find a few more smaller Great White ancestor teeth and lots of brown enamel drum 'teeth'. The poison ivy, mosquitoes and deer flies are out in force; baby crayfish are everywhere as well as frogs and minnows. The local kids will get out of school soon and some will find their way to 'my' spots, so I'll leave it to them for a bit.
  22. My last trip for a while with summer crowds coming, some of which will spill over into my hunting area. The recent rains exposed many picked over shells and silted over other spots, but overall there are places that are now easier to dig and sift. Tried a finer mesh, hoping for a nurse shark tooth; still drying but so far only angel shark teeth, the usual bull and sand shark teeth and one broken cow shark tooth. The highlight was a pretty mako tooth; perfect blade and intact root (although tip is curved slightly lingually on the end). These teeth and smaller Megalodons were common when hunting this area 30 to 40 years ago, but the first I've found there in a long time, really surprised me.
  23. rapp creek hunting

    Nice Spring outing, very green, nice balance of frogs, salamanders, nesting birds (in the creek bank?), with poison ivy growing well and more background construction/ farming noise than usual. Not much has changed in the creek bed, could use a good rain to wash out more. The tooth hunting was slow (probably because I wasn't working at it hard enough). Still, came out with a nice intact(?) ecphora, two broken cow shark teeth, four angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth (or facsimiles thereof; don't usually pick them up unless pretty, but it was a slow day). Some stuff in matrix, unusual for the creek but nothing clearly exciting. The sand shark teeth were small and many broken (guess the kids in the area have been picking these). Picked up a lot of bits and pieces (a few of the smaller ones are in the photo; guessing many are turtle= my default for flat pieces that look like but are not seashells). More to sort through. Small stuff to puzzle over.
  24. Rapp creek hunting

    Back to the same hole I have been mining. Really nice weather, which brought out the mosquitoes. Found lots of sand shark, some bull/ dusky shark, several more angel shark, and the smallest cowshark tooth I've ever found (and a small one with big root and small tooth that I don't recognize). I looked hard in the area where I found the ulna with quill attachments last week and did find more bone pieces, and busted teeth(?). Many were "whale bone" (including two pieces that were one earlier, fit together well) but two were more interesting, although non-descript. I'll try to add some better pictures of those two. 2-16-18-teeth.pdf 2-16-18-tiny-teeth.pdf 2-16-18-bone.pdf 2-16-18-bone2.pdf
  25. Rapp Creek

    Still no big teeth to take back to the school teacher in Singapore. But more variety; lots of little teeth including a small mako and two cowshark fragments, some weird small vertebra, small coral ball, turtle shell fragments, some unidentified fossil bits and pieces (pick up when bored; spend lots of time on afterwards?),and a small ecphora (don't usually collect shells, but she likes them).