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Sliced Agatized Coral Head, Honeymoon Island, Fl

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verydeadthings

Hello, fossil hunters! A couple years back I found some agatized coral at honeymoon island, and I found one piece that looked like a relatively complete coral head. I could tell that it was partly agatized, so a couple of months ago I decided to cut the thing open with a rock saw I borrowed from my university geology lab. I was wondering if it would be possible to identify the species of coral...I might try to send some of these pictures to someone that specializes in Florida corals. Also, it looks like a clam bored into the coral head. I went back to Honeymoon Island recently, but I didn't have much luck. It might be getting hunted out, but maybe the area just needs a good storm to wash up some new specimens. I cut the coral head into 4 pieces, here are the results-

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verydeadthings

here are some more pictures, including the other end of the coral head, giving an idea of what it looked like before I cut it open-

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verydeadthings

I'm trying not to spam this post with pictures, but I just wanted to include one higher quality picture-

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Auspex

Getting all the way to species on coral often requires a microscope, and sometimes thin-sections.

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