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Humpty Dumpty

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Fossil-Hound

A few weeks ago I went to one of my favorite secret spots at Calvert Cliffs where I had recovered some Ecphora's in the past (all fairly beat up). That day I recovered a pristine Ecphora in the mud. I carefully extracted the shell nearly 1.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches in height and proceeded to clean the shell in the nearby surf when to my horror a particularly strong wave knocked the shell from my hands and I watched the shell dash to pieces in the surf. I quickly recovered all the pieces I could find but alas I have give this gastropod the name, "Humpty Dumpty." It appears that despite numerous patches with superglue and careful removal of dirt and sand, I simply do not have all the pieces of the puzzle, so without further ado I present my best attempt at preparing and restoring of this once proud shell. The picture with most of the shell exposed and the opening really doesn't look to bad and I might keep it because these are not easy to find from the location I was at (at least not whole).

 

 

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WhodamanHD

Even in pieces, it still quite beautiful. I have yet to acquire one myself, they are nor,ally expensive. It is starting to look like I'm gonna have to go down there and find one myself.

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Ludwigia

You live and learn. Next time straight in the bag, right?

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Ptychodus04

@Fossil-Hound that's terrible! I have had terrible luck in the past as well that resulted in the total destruction of the specimen in question. It's a tough pill to swallow but I'll bet you don't wash them in the ocean again. :P

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Fossil-Hound

@Ptychodus04 yeah it was one of the larger Ecphora's I had seen from the area and in my excitement decided to do the dreaded "prep in the field" routine. :mellow: 

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Ptychodus04
1 hour ago, Fossil-Hound said:

@Ptychodus04 yeah it was one of the larger Ecphora's I had seen from the area and in my excitement decided to do the dreaded "prep in the field" routine. :mellow: 

Everyone makes that mistake at some point.

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