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8/12/17 Matoaka Beach

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Yesterday I went on a pretty great hunt. First off let's start with Matoaka Beach, which is not incredibly crowded and had pretty views. Swimming however wouldn't be great since the water was overrun by jellyfish. I hunted for two hours and filled up a cardboard box (bad idea, gets soggy) with fossils. I'm a complete noob so I don't own a sieve (I'll probably get own eventually) so the hunt for sharks teeth was quickly abandoned (except for the elusive meg, one of which was found the day before I heard, 'bout 5 inches. I found none.) this place is SO much better than Calvert cliffs because you can actually hunt in front of the cliffs rather than the fossils having to be washed south (in the process being broken) my hunt for Ecphora was fruitless, only pieces. I have so many complete chesapectans I'm gonna have to make some sort of display case for them, I might have to do a contest because they are taking up to much space! I did find one top and bottom chesapecten (nefrens btw). This is all Choptank formation, I believe once you get to the power plant, the Calvert formation has dipped under. Without further ado, here are my finds from the first half of the day (might be a while before all are uploaded):

 

1) Astrhelia palmata

2) Panopea (sp.?)

3) chesapecten nefrens

4) stienkern with a little shell, don't know the genus/species

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Biggest scallop of the day, 5 inch width and height (at widest and tallest of course)

i would use a ruler, but I have a crappy one (:fingerscrossed: maybe I win @aerogrower's contest. If not I'll have to buy a cube (boo!boo!:P)

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Smallest about on centimeter both ways

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Echinoid?

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Clam of some sort?

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^top and bottom^

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Turritella sp? Feel free to give IDs btw

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Ootolith?

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Ecphora pieces

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Another echinoid:

 

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Shell? Stienkern? Coral?

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Lingula, modern? Hinge still flexible

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Tied for smallest scallop,attached to a sandollar

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Only bone of the day, don't now what or where in the body it's from.

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Ray tooth, only chondricthyian

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More Ecphorae

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Lingula?fossil?

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Clam?

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Perfect hole, boring sponge?

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Biggest turritella, bout an inch

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Due to the lag this amount of pictures is generating, that's all the matoaka finds I'm gonna put up here. Except for this last oyster, and the friendly neighborhood venomous snake. You almost wish it was a rattler so you knew it was there, scared me half to death (if it bite me may have been the other half) not sure the species, brain screamed copperhead and cottonmouth out at me, could just be a water snake though. Any way, after this hunt i decided might as well take a look at Douglas point while we were down south. I'll post that shortly on a new thread. Cheers!

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WhodamanHD

 

This isn't to the finds of the other half of the day

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ynot

Looks like You had a nice day.

Thanks for sharing.

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23 minutes ago, ynot said:

Looks like You had a nice day.

Thanks for sharing.

Yeah, it was really fun! Thanks for the reply!

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Al Dente

Looks like a good day. Your echinoid pieces and otolith are all pieces of Abertella. The hole in the shell was drilled by a gastropod. The long bivalve are a type of clam, not Lingula. Lingula are hinged in the rear.

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2 minutes ago, Al Dente said:

Looks like a good day. Your echinoid pieces and otolith are all pieces of Abertella. The hole in the shell was drilled by a gastropod. The long bivalve are a type of clam, not Lingula. Lingula are hinged in the rear.

Thank you! All the information is much appreciated!

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Al Dente

The snake is most likely a Northern Watersnake. It's harmless.

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Just now, Al Dente said:

The snake is most likely a Northern Watersnake. It's harmless.

Well that's good, I can go back without fear of snake (although there probably are some venomous ones out there

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Peat Burns

Nice finds!

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Darktooth

Nice report and finds! Glad you had a good hunt.

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1 hour ago, Peat Burns said:

Nice finds!

 

1 minute ago, Darktooth said:

Nice report and finds! Glad you had a good hunt.

Thanks everyone! Was certainly a good time!

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Jeffrey P

A nice selection of shells from the Cottages though a few of them I suspect are modern, but most are definitely fossils. Congratulations. The Chesapecten is especially impressive. Glad to hear that it turned out to be a good time, in light of your previous disappointing experience at the Cliffs. Did you collect any tree oysters? They're huge and impressive, but very fragile. I picked up an excellent specimen last time I was there and it split right in half. 

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9 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

A nice selection of shells from the Cottages though a few of them I suspect are modern, but most are definitely fossils. Congratulations. The Chesapecten is especially impressive. Glad to hear that it turned out to be a good time, in light of your previous disappointing experience at the Cliffs. Did you collect any tree oysters? They're huge and impressive, but very fragile. I picked up an excellent specimen last time I was there and it split right in half. 

Yeah it was fun, I'm probably being to critical of the cliffs, I just hated the rules. You mean these:P they are also called tree oysters I found those at Douglas point. Under are more pictures of what may be tree oysters, I'm slightly confused as to what they are

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Jeffrey P

Check the Calvert Marine Museum's excellent website. They have a fossil ID section that's good for the most common finds on the Cliffs. Tree oysters are in there. 

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14 minutes ago, Jeffrey P said:

Check the Calvert Marine Museum's excellent website. They have a fossil ID section that's good for the most common finds on the Cliffs. Tree oysters are in there. 

Thanks fo that, now I can id some finds better! The orange one at that top there I think is worn one, that's the only one I have. I don't remember seeing a ton of them, but I was mainly focusing on looking for megs, Ecphoras, and vertebrates. Next time I'm there I'll look for one.

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