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North Topsail Beach - Fossil Fragments

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NavyDad4

The attached photos are of a variety of fossils found March 5 on North Topsail Beach, off Rt 210 at the public beach access with the large building(restrooms, showers, & concession). It took about two hours and is a better than average haul. Not as good as pre-1997, but reasonable. The nice thing is you get a beautiful day on the beach, no permission required, and go for a swim when you're done!

The upper section of the 1st photo is fossiliferous with the possible exception of the large chunk at the top. There are several ray barbs on the right of the same photo.

Second photo is a closer look at the long 'what ever they are' fossils from photo 1. The third shows 3 teeth that should be able to be ID'd.

The large chunk in the last photo, above the coral, might be a burrow fill-in... not sure.

Happy hunting when you finally make it to the beach!

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masonboro37

I have been to that area. Nice finds! The "whatever they are" are probably rib fragments. Nice coral too!

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NavyDad4

We went again to the RT210 Regional Public Access at MP12 on Mar 9. This time it was mid-tide and the normal position on the beach for teeth(low tide near surfline) was not available. The next best place to look is at the strip left at the top of the beach after high tide. Shells, beach glass, moon stones, & larger chunks of fossiliferous material are found there. We spent about an hour beachcombing.

My wife found her second complete fossil scallop. What a sharp eye!

Pic 1 shows the better specimens including fossil sponge, scallops, clam, coral, and what appear to be fossil bones.

Pic 2 is a closer look at the bones(?) and a suspicious "looking like a tooth" chunk. Are the bone-like chunks from a whale?

Pic 3 is an up close of the upper left fossil from 2. It has an apparent mid-line and wrinkles. I cannot guess what it is other than a fossil.

Pic 4 another look at 3.

Pic 5 is a chunk of non-fossil material that looks like corroded iron (from a ship) but is not at all attracted to a magnet.

Pic 6 is a gastropod and a bivalve in matrix. Found it in the roadway where I live in Surf City.

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MakoMeCrazy

Nice finds!

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Plax

I believe those are Oligocene scallops Navy Dad. Wonder where the giant oysters are? I recall folks filling a pickup with them in the 90s. Keep an eye out for grey sandsone as it may have echinoids in it.

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south1972

my son and i love teeth...but it seems lately we have liked finding shells and coral. love the scallop shells you found, may have to try and hit up north topsail someday.

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NavyDad4

Someone mention giant oysters? These 2 Crassotrea gigantissima oysters were found on NTB at the MP 20.4 public beach access. Be careful when you park there as the sand road leading up to it can bog down non-4wd vehicles. Park on the side just after pulling in. This site is off of New River Inlet Rd, just over the rt210 bridge from Sneads Ferry to NTB.

The fossil sponge, coral, clams, and casts were found at the same location. It is also the best shelling area on Topsail.

The teeth & spines were found further south on NTB. The large chunk of fossiliferous material above the teeth is unknown to me. Anyone hazard a guess?

Happy fossiling!

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Plax

nice finds Navy Dad! the giant oysters I have from there could be used to drive a nail. Same species at Belgrade and Pollacksville are crumbly. Guess the north topsail ones come from more indurated sediment. Am surprised you're not getting the grey sand rock with echinoids there. Or should I say "yet"

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NavyDad4

Went out again today with my wife. She found the nice tooth(Great White?). These fossils were all found on North Topsail Beach at low tide. The teeth were just up from the surf. There are many shells from the same area.

NTBeach has an Oligocene bench of dark material that is best seen north of the public access at MP 20.4. Once on the beach, head north toward the end of the island. About 1/2 mile up you'll see the bench sloping down with its dark sand showing. That's one of the best places in all of Topsail for shelling and teeth at the same place.

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south1972

in your 2nd post...the 2nd pic...i think that is a well worn down, reworked, rewashed meg chunk. we found a few like that..they are different from other rocks or bone pieces...they look and feel different. i know they all cant be megs...but i think it is a well worn chunk of a bigger tooth.

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masonboro37

I am so enjoying your posts and finds from Topsail! Plax right on to look for gray sandstone for echinoids. I have not found a complete one, but part's and almost a whole one with the adoral aspect peeking through. I bet you will find a big one as dedicated as you are to hunting there! Here are few pic's of the specimens I found there.

Libby

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NavyDad4

Here are the better samples of my North Topsail Beach collecting from May. They were all found at the same small spot on NTB. It is a little difficult to find, but once there at about 2 hours before low tide, until low tide, you'll find meg fragments and other cool stuff. Maybe a 2" Meg, as I did last week.

Anyway, a day at the beach is a good day with or without fossils!

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Mark Kmiecik

You could post it in the fossil ID thread on this forum with some photos of the other sides of it on this forum. It is close to impossible to ID it with just that one photo.

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