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Found 12 results

  1. A friend of mine (who is not a fossil collector) found this fossils at the Outer Banks of NC. He asked me what it was (which I told him) and why it had turned from its very black color when found in the sand to brown with a white-ish residue? He put it back into salt water (which I never heard of doing) and it is fading lighter brown. I have had similar trouble with my black fossils that I thought it was salt film and I rubbed olive oil on them and it cleaned it off and made them shiny. But . . . . I don't have any fossils this big and nice and I didn't want to give him bad advice. What is happening to the color and what can be done about it? Thanks for any advice! *This is the fossil below but it is wet and the film doesn't show up unless it is dry.
  2. I’m new here

    This was found at the point on Hatteras. Been going for over 25 years and this is a first. Would love to know what this beautiful creature is!
  3. Gift from the Sea

    From the album OBX

    It's amazing what washes up on the Outer Banks - modern sea shells, sea glass, bits of wrecked ships and fossils, too! These shells embedded in sandstone washed ashore on Hatteras Island, NC, from the Pleistocene sandstone shelf on which the island rests.
  4. Scallop Hash Plate

    From the album OBX

    Agropecten gibbous hash plate Pleistocene Found washed ashore at Avon Pier, Hatteras Island, North Carolina
  5. Outer Banks Treasures

    My hubby and I went to Hatteras Island, North Carolina this past week for some fun in the wind. But, I just can't go to the beach without beachcombing. Most of the beaches I visited were rather slim pickings for even decent modern shells. I finally did a Google search for the best shelling beaches on the Outer Banks and came up with a few beaches spread across the archipelago. The south side of Cape Hatteras was one of the best and quite close to where we were staying, so off I went. Wow. Colorful, unbroken shells lay thick on the tide lines and scattered across a wide, sandy plain. Here and there, blocks of sandstone (broken off the Pleistocene shelf that holds up the islands) were scattered. The surfaces exposed to the wind were sandblasted to expose the shells inside. Most of the shells retained their original colors. My suspicion is that they were buried while deep enough under water that they didn't have an opportunity to fade. The result is that the fossils - almost all extant species - were only distinguishable from their modern descendants by the clinging matrix. Fossil corals were also scattered sparsely across the sand. These are a bit easier to recognize as fossils as the closest coral reefs to Cape Hatteras are some 75 miles off shore. You can see more finds from this trip here:
  6. Sunset Colors

    From the album OBX

    It's hard to say just how much of the shells littering the beach at Cape Hatteras are really modern. These few are embedded in sandstone that makes up the Pleistocene shelf holding up the barrier islands. Their colors are more vibrant than some of the shells from animals that just died, and they are the same species, by and large, that live in the water here today.
  7. shark tooth identification

    Found on the beach in Corolla, NC. Hoping somebody could positively identify what type of shark tooth it is. Thank you.
  8. I live in Kitty Hawk, NC, and have the glorious Atlantic Ocean down the street. On a recent beach walk, I found what appears to be a fossilized bone from a large marine creature. I have looked through photos online and have not been able to identify it... and I am hoping someone might have a moment to satisfy my curiosity. It is approximately 9” wide and 6” tall... see photos below. I would be happy to take other shots if needed. Thanks very much!
  9. Corolla, NC Nearby for Kiddos

    So I will be heading to the Outer Banks specifically Corolla in a few months with a bunch of family. I would love to be able to introduce the Nieces and Nephews and my kiddos to Shark Teeth / Fossil hunting. Kids will be ranging in age from 8 yrs to 3 months old and about 10 of them. SO I am looking for some recommendations on spots that are closer to the northern Outer Banks ie Corolla... Key factors include: Distance/Time to arrive at location Easy of finding goodies Potential for bathrooms(not a deal breaker) Other attractions in the area. I have been recommended so far: Aurora Fossil Museum including Fossil pit Shark Tooth Island Top Sail Beach Onslow Beach (Acess is not a problem) South Beach Colonial Beach Westmorland State Park York River state park Matoaka Lake ( I have this listed I cannot find who told me thou) Colonial Park Fossil pit on Roanoke Island Currently Colonial Park Fossil Pit is winning due to fufilling most of the requirements... Could anyone please share their thought on these locations for the above described scenario? Does anyone one know how successful the Fossil Pit on Roanoke Island is? I did call the park and it is still there but hasn't got new material since last summer.(probably won't by the time I get there also) We don't need to find record breaking fossils tiny or common is ok as long as the success rate is pretty high. I can source plenty of hand tools for them to use and am currently building atleast 10 kiddo sized screens in 1/4 and 1/2 inch screen so they all will have one to use then take home. Can anyone recommend some kiddo specific gear I also might want to line up? Thanks!
  10. Outer Banks Coral

    Here are photos of today's find. Will you please advise? Is it Astrangia Lineata? Also, how does one determine if something is a fossil or how old it might be? Thank you very much!
  11. OBX: Surprise, Surprise!

    Last week, we went out to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for some wind-and-water sports. Only one problem: no wind. So, we combed the beach most days. It'd been a week since Hurricane Matthew tore through the Caribbean and Southern US. The Outer Banks are not generally considered a hot spot for fossils, though seekers of modern shells love the place. When we went out, I told myself I had enough modern seas shells. I wasn't taking anything home unless it was at least 10,000 years old. That should be enough self-restraint to send me home with empty pockets. As luck would have it, Matthew carved into the Pleistocene shelf on which the islands rest and churned up chunks of shell-laden sandstone off the coast of Avon, on Hatteras Island. Some of the ancient shells are so well-preserved that I'd not recognize them as any older than a few years -most of it while they were inhabited - if not for the sandstone firmly affixed to the shells. Some were conglomerates of identifiable shells. Some are agatized. One had grown a calcite (?) crystal lattice. No empty pockets for me! I am definitely no expert. Or local. My guess was that my finds were relatively recent. Digging around with the kind help of Abyssunder, I came up with Pleistocene era. A few other goodies from the day include: an echinoid sand dollar, probably Mellita sp. Argopecten gibbous cluster and another scallop Mercanaria sp. with a small, agatized bivalve embedded on on the inside clockwise from upper left: Astrangia lineata, an unidentifiable bivalve, Solenastea bella, and Septastrea marylandica
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