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Found 38 results

  1. rapp creek hunting

    Combined a couple of trips to the creek in the woods. Looks to be busy with the kids out of school (VA public schools closed March 23; we're in Lockdown until June 10. Local kids must be getting bored with their games and cell phones.) I haven't seen any yet but they have been busy digging, often in my favorite areas. Probably should just dig in some random spots, just to see if they tackle those as well. Has been cold lately, lot of east wind days (bad for beach hunting, higher water). So made two trips. Lots of small bones/teeth(?), skate teeth and broken teeth in mostly gravel areas , just showing the better (nothing great, although several sand shark tiger teeth had sharp cusps, and more had buttons where the cusps had worn away. ) Highlights for me were the sand tiger symphysial near the orange vert, the two small angel shark teeth, and the inch-plus root-less mako (hadn't seen any in a while). Also found a partial ecphora and a small broken cow shark tooth (just the first spike with the three small ladder of points ascending) both put away. Need to go through some other stuff more carefully after it dries.
  2. rapp creek hunting

    Slipped out to the wooded creek. Children(?) have been busy hunting, they dig big holes near the creek bed? Maybe they know what they are doing. I was hoping some spots would yield cow shark teeth, but the kids have been busy in those areas. Guess being out of school so long has them bored, or more likely their mothers want them out of the house. No one was out today. Most areas I hunted were full of gravel and I found lots of broken stuff (not shown), nothing of size. I found a few tiny teeth which might be sand tiger symphyseal teeth; the roots look right , but they are smaller than usual? A few imperfect angel, one tiger (rare for this spot), and the majority sand tiger spikes. A few Tilly bones, vertebrae and some elongated curved teeth or bones. I see the poison ivy coming out everywhere! Spring peepers are abundant.
  3. Nice weather finally. But with schools closed and people bored at home, have seen increased competition at "my" sites, but yields have been small but plentiful. Fish should be biting soon.
  4. Beautiful spring weather here! Nothing new and exciting from me, but lots of small teeth, some colorful. One rootless weathered cowshark tooth, bunch of glossy drum teeth, angel shark or two. Mostly spikes, sand tiger, some with nice cusps. The two burrows are from the beach, as is the tiger shark tooth (not much of a winter, and not many makos on the beach-- or maybe others are after them!) Great being out, although pollen is clearly coming fast here.
  5. rapp creek hunting

    Much improved weather, water cool but not bad, air temps in the 60s, lots of budding trees (but winter will return). Dug at one one spot until not finding much. Nothing spectacular, but I was delighted to find two more sandtiger shark symphysials (wish they were cow shark); in the photo next to the broken cowshark. Three or four angel shark teeth (near cowshark), lots of broken sand tiger spikes, plus some nice ones with cusps. Some grey shark teeth, a few possible small makos, and some indeterminate. Dropped a few drum teeth, but only one tiny vertebra, on the scanner. One bigger skate tooth of several, some bone pieces. Great day to be out!
  6. rapp creek hunting

    Quick trip in icy water and rain. Usual spots didn't yield much. In gravel, a lot of drum teeth (spilled, but the ones in photo are representative), broken teeth, skate teeth, verts, and Tilly bones with fins. Probably should have waited for a nicer day, soaked at cold with little to show.
  7. rapp creek hunting

    Went out and played in the mud while still relatively warm. Quiet, not much wildlife activity. Lots of broken stuff. Hit an old spot, hoping for cowshark teeth, but didn't find any. Did get two angel shark teeth and a bunch of drum teeth. Several vertebrae, mostly broken. Found another skate stinger piece. Less sand tiger spikes than usual. One of the triangular teeth (sort of in-between a spike and a triangle, the pale one just above the stinger was unusual in that it was three times as thick and heavy as similar sized gray shark teeth blades, possibly thicker than the biggest triangular tooth. Fine serrated edge, don't know if a different species or just a weird tooth? @cck Any ideas?
  8. A trip to the beach, didn't yield much, some badly worn teeth (no shrimp coprolites!) The water is super clear, should be good after the next good north blow. Deer season is over so tried the creek in the woods, unfortunately the water was up (and cold) and leaves everywhere. Found a new spot and worked it for a couple of hours with nothing spectacular. Less sand tiger spikes there? Found a puffer plate (had not seen any in a year or so), the pretty red mako (more red-bronze than the scanner shows; no root but may go to someone for jewelry), and several small and colorful teeth. No angel shark teeth, no cowshark teeth, and only a few drum teeth. Always amazes me how different the yield is, reproducibly in some older spots, not sure of the new. Slightly different depth or time originally? Or maybe mixing after washing out and re-sedimenting in holes?
  9. rapp beach hunting

    To be thorough, most of my trips to the Rappahannock beach have yielded fossil shrimp coprolite burrows, but few teeth. Still in a half dozen trips I have accumulated a few. I also picked up a funny-looking rock which has a fine pattern of something (some type of coral?) growing on it (or fossilized). Forgot my tape measure, but the teeth are small and the rock shown isabout an inch (2.5 cm) across.
  10. rapp beach hunting

    The wind has been working against me (need a nice SW steady breeze) and only made a couple of trips. Two shrimp coprolite burrows, two decent makos, nice cusps on a few sand tiger shark teeth. Need to organize all my shrimp coprolites, but the weather (excepting the wind direction!) has been very nice.
  11. rapp beach hunting

    A quick note from my last few hunts. The water is cold but clear and I have been finding several shrimp coprolite burrows three of my last four trips. Sometimes 4 to 8 small teeth, sometimes double that. Have been looking hard for the makos which appear in the winter, and quickly pocketed what I thought was a nice one (but smaller than the mako I posted last week; added for scale to some scans). When my 8 year old niece saw it, she said ,"that's a megalodon tooth!" and looking closely I saw she was correct, fine serrations and the bourlette. About 2 1/2 inches with only the tip missing serrations. Will try to catch up with other finds later, but this is the first whole, decent (though small) meg I have found in five years! They do exist at this beach after all (still very rare).
  12. October has not been kind to me health-wise; jetlag, diarrhea, flu, and bronchitis. Still weak and fighting a cough, but a beautiful time to be outside (love the Fall!, just wish the teeth would cooperate better). Typical sand shark spikes, angel shark, drum, and verts (more gravel than sand or shell bits), lots of small teeth, not sure of ID. A few tiger shark teeth (rare for me), a few small, de-enameled makos, a small bonito nose (second small one I've found?) and nothing spectacular or BIG, though more "shrimp coprolite burrows" than usual. I tried new places but the results are about the same (less teeth?) than my older spots.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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).
  16. 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 ?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.