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Ricky’s Lyme Regis fossil hunt!

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grandpa

Oh my gosh!  What a great trip report.  I feel like I was there with you.  Can't wait to see what tomorrow and coming days bring.  Soak this all in and really enjoy it.  It's quite a wonderful trip.

 

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Darktooth

Nice report and pics!

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deutscheben

Thanks for your report from this historical fossil mecca! It looks like you have already had some really nice finds. 

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FossilNerd

Nice report and finds! Good luck tomorrow and keep us posted! :) 

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Manticocerasman

Great report and finds,

we were there a couple of weeks ago, but we did'nt find a lot ( mostly belemnites ), the beaches near Charmouth were crowded with people looking for fossils.

 

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Mike from North Queensland

Interesting report and finds for first day.

Now that you all have your eye in the finds will only get better.

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gieserguy

Thanks guys! It’s been great so far, and I’m glad you’ve liked my report so far!

This morning we set out bright and early before anyone else got down to the beach, and the goal today was to make it to Black Ven, down the shore towards Charmouth. It took a while to get there, but we sure have the belemnites to prove it! On top of that, some of my favorite finds of the day are some nice sea urchins and ammonite-filled coprolites!

I’ll hopefully be able to post some pictures later in the day. 

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Scylla

Good report so far, I can't wait til you get to the part where you find a complete icthyosaur (hopefully) :popcorn:

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gieserguy
16 minutes ago, Scylla said:

Good report so far, I can't wait til you get to the part where you find a complete icthyosaur (hopefully) :popcorn:

Oh gosh isn’t that the dream? Tomorrow is our last day here, so send me all the good luck you’ve got!

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Scylla
26 minutes ago, gieserguy said:

Oh gosh isn’t that the dream? Tomorrow is our last day here, so send me all the good luck you’ve got!

:dinothumb:

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caldigger
1 hour ago, gieserguy said:

Oh gosh isn’t that the dream? Tomorrow is our last day here, so send me all the good luck you’ve got!

:Luck::d_good_luck: Here's a double whammy!

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gieserguy
2 hours ago, caldigger said:

:Luck::d_good_luck: Here's a double whammy!

I don’t think I can get any luckier!:yay-smiley-1:

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gieserguy

Here are some other larger-than-takeable pieces that just killed me to leave behind. These are from both yesterday and today. 

 

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Big ‘ol beautiful belemnite

 

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Big ‘ol bivalve

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gieserguy

And then there’s this, which I couldn’t even tell you what it is. It spanned from both sides of the rock, at least two feet. 

It might be best if I never find out what it was, or I’ll be kicking myself forever. Already am, but it’s just not something that could be packed. 

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gieserguy

After this, we took a nice little break and ate some crepes. A great time!

Then we headed down the Marine Parade because Brandon (the tour guide, remember him from earlier?) was doing ammonite polishing and selling fossils at a little stand. So of course I had to polish and ammonite! The ammonites he polishes are from farmers fields aren’t quite lookers on the outside, but inside they are beauts! He also brought a piece of green Skye marble from the Isle of Skye in Scotland. I spent a solid 2 hours working on both, I had to make sure they were perfect and I had nowhere else to be. 

On top of that, I bought a few ammonites and a bivalve fossil from him and another stand- a Dactylioceras, Liparoceras, Blockley bivalve, and a Caloceras johnstoni- for somewhere around £15 total. It’s amazing what you can get when it’s all local. 

I don’t have any pictures of the ammonite, marble, or purchases right now, as it’s all tightly packed in my suitcase, but I’ll make sure to post it when I get home. 

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Brandon working on the final step of polishing, using his felt buffing wheel and tin oxide to really make it shine. 

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grandpa

Wow, sounds like you're having a really memorable time.  How fun!

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gieserguy

Brandon told us he had to set up for a fossil polishing event with the Lyme Regis Musuem the next day, so he invited us to visit the museum at night. We were greeted by his friend and colleague Chris Andrew, who regaled is with story upon story of the history of the town, Mary Anning, and just about anything else you could think of. We were able to take in the museum once more, and man is it a nice little museum. They’ve fit so much into it! Everything from a massive Temnodontosaurus head to the 400 year old fire engine to a fun and interactive box on the history of the world (geologically, of course) :P

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Me, Chris, Brandon, Temnodontosaurus (in that order)

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gieserguy

I also forgot to mention that I saw this shark tooth vending machine in town. 

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It was just too hilarious not to do it!

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gieserguy

Day 3

Then came today, the final day! Low tide today was at 12ish in the afternoon, so I went out to the beach at 8! :raindance:

The waters were not that far out yet, but I was the very first on the beach again. It’s a great feeling owning that beach all for yourself, even for just a little bit of time. 

I found a good number of small pyrite ammonites, and I noticed many of the pyrite lumps were fairly cylindrical and seemed to look like a crinoid columnal in the cross section areas. They were all in a decently close area, so I tried collecting as many as I could and maybe I’ll be able to piece back together what might have once been a colony!

Once again, I apologize for the lack of pictures, but it’s all packed away in my suitcase so I’ll take them when I get home. 

After a while I was starting to wind down and be finished, I’d been out there for several hours and the tourists were absolutely cramming the beach (it’s ironic that I’m complains about tourists, right?) So I decided to sit down for a minute and just started peeling apart some shale pieces. I knew there is a low chance of finding anything in these rocks, and even if you do find something it’ll be just a crumbled dusty pile within days as it dries. So I was just peeling it for fun, breaking apart some nice big dry slabs. But as I was peeling one apart on particularly splittable slab, I noticed a shiny black spot. A fossil! I found two more shinies and a brachiopod in these shales. 

I decided to take a little trip on over to the polishing event and visit with Brandon and Chris. I just so happened to also bring those fossils for some ID help as well. 

Turns out one is likely a fish scale, another is indeterminable without a microscope (woo!), but the very first one I found when I was peeling that nice slab is...

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An ammonite beak!

 

Now that’s something I’m very excited about finding, even if it won’t survive much longer. That find really made my whole day (if finding beautiful pyrite ammonites wasn’t enough!)

I have since coated the shale pieces in hairspray in hopes of at least protecting them a little bit. Maybe they’ll be safe, and if not I gave it my best to save it. 

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grandpa

Great find, a nice addition to any collection.  Looking forward to seeing more pictures when you get back state-side.:popcorn:

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