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fifbrindacier
5 minutes ago, Doctor Mud said:

Sorry to hear @fifbrindacier Glad being in the outdoors is also helping you. Everyone on TFF is so supportive.

Thank mate. My next hunts will be on Saturday and Monday in Bidart : Cenomanian and Lutetian. I still hope to find crabs in the Lutetian and an heteromorph ammonite in the Cenomanian.:fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:

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Despite the tough things, I’m leaving New Zealand with some nice memories too. It was great to meet @mamlambo and we had a blast. The sand was covering up most of the precious concretions on the beach so we had to think outside the box/beach.

 

We clambered up canyons and chiseled footholds in to rock to get us a few meters higher to look at in situ concretions. We also kept an eye out for the elusive shark teeth that might have washed out if the silt.

 

We had some nice finds. The big concretions haven’t paid off yet, but @mamlambo hauled a big one up to split.

Keep an eye out for a famous @mamlambo video of our day, but for now enjoy this picture of @mamlambo checking out an impressive outcrop. Zoom in to find some concretions. What’s inside? Crabs? Dolphin skull? Penguin? Or.... lots of rock.

 

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mamlambo

@Doctor Mud Was a great day! Even though the sand level was high, it was such good fun being out and about and also meeting you. Hopefully the ocean helps us out next time and removes some of the sand!

I'll let you know as soon as the video is ready :D

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Doctor Mud
3 hours ago, mamlambo said:

I'll let you know as soon as the video is ready :D

Have fun making it!

I was just remembering your Indiana Jones moment where I had a brain feeeze and started rolling a concretion down the chute without warning you.

Starting shouting pretty quick though!

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After the hunt with @mamlambo I decided to camp on the beach for the night. I haven’t had a fire on a beach in years! Living in Australia there are always fire bans. @Mamlambo couldn’t make it this time for camping.

 

Someone had built an awesome shelter (bivvy) our of driftwood so I just put down a ground sheet and slept on that in my sleeping bag.

 

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I built a fire and roasted cheese Kranksys on a stick and drank some delicious apple crumble cider kept cool in the creek.

 

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Your sausage is almost done!

 

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Here, wash that down with some cool cider!

 

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Boy that was a relaxing night and a perfect way to wrap up a visit. I’m usually go go go on the beach racing the tides so it was nice to settle into the quiet rhythm of the coast. Watch the sunset and sleep to the sound of crashing surf.

I thought about another hunt, but the tides were wrong, and I had the rare feeling of completeness. The crabs will be waiting till next time!

 

I walked up the hill one last time and looked down on the beach, like saying farewell to an old friend. See you next time!

 

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DLB

Wow that looks like so much fun. Deffenatly some memories in the making love to see the report.

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Monica

What beautiful scenery! :wub: I'm glad you feel as though your trip was "complete" :)

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fifbrindacier
On 14/11/2019 at 10:40 PM, Doctor Mud said:

After the hunt with @mamlambo I decided to camp on the beach for the night. I haven’t had a fire on a beach in years! Living in Australia there are always fire bans. @Mamlambo couldn’t make it this time for camping.

 

Someone had built an awesome shelter (bivvy) our of driftwood so I just put down a ground sheet and slept on that in my sleeping bag.

 

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I built a fire and roasted cheese Kranksys on a stick and drank some delicious apple crumble cider kept cool in the creek.

 

 

On 14/11/2019 at 10:46 PM, Doctor Mud said:

Your sausage is almost done!

 

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Here, wash that down with some cool cider!

 

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Boy that was a relaxing night and a perfect way to wrap up a visit. I’m usually go go go on the beach racing the tides so it was nice to settle into the quiet rhythm of the coast. Watch the sunset and sleep to the sound of crashing surf.

I thought about another hunt, but the tides were wrong, and I had the rare feeling of completeness. The crabs will be waiting till next time!

 

I walked up the hill one last time and looked down on the beach, like saying farewell to an old friend. See you next time!

 

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Those are wonderful landscapes, and wonderful relaxing moments, thanks to share them with us.:SlapHands:

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Doctor Mud
On 15/11/2019 at 3:39 AM, fifbrindacier said:

Thank mate. My next hunts will be on Saturday and Monday in Bidart : Cenomanian and Lutetian. I still hope to find crabs in the Lutetian and an heteromorph ammonite in the Cenomanian.:fingerscrossed::fingerscrossed:

Looking forward to hearing about your trip!    Hope the time in the outdoors helps you to process everything. The hunting trips can be a strange mix of emotions right now, especially if you are out hunting alone. 

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fifbrindacier

I couldn't go today because of strong wind, strong rain and storm. I'll go on Monday as planned and one day on the following weeks instead when the low tide hour will permit it.

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Doctor Mud
9 hours ago, Monica said:

What beautiful scenery! :wub: I'm glad you feel as though your trip was "complete" :)

Thanks Monica, the time on the beach has really helped for this trip. Its been a weird mix of emotions. The sense of completion comes from finding some of my dream fossils from this site, but I think also because the body is saying, ok I think I actually need a break from collecting! :rolleyes:

Im thankful for the memories in the outdoors and that I’ve found some dream fossils. There are still many things yet to discover there and every visit brings up new questions about the site.

guess that’s part of what keeps us all coming back for more!

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Doctor Mud
7 minutes ago, fifbrindacier said:

I couldn't go today because of strong wind, strong rain and storm. I'll go on Monday as planned and one day on the following weeks instead when the low tide hour will permit it.

Sorry to hear that nature didn’t play ball. Hope you could enjoy the wild weather from the comfort of home. Sounds like a nice day to be indoors.

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Before I left NZ I took all the straps and clamp off the big concretion after 3 days for the glue to cure. I’m quite happy with how it has fit together with a snug fit and a little glue oozing out from the edges. 

Prepping will be the ultimate test though! 

 

Think I might start a new thread just for this crab to show the process from start to finish. There’s going to be a LOT of rock to remove, but hey, I’m not complaining!

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fifbrindacier

How do you recognize the presence of a crab in a concretion or in another situation ?

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2 hours ago, fifbrindacier said:

How do you recognize the presence of a crab in a concretion or in another situation ?

Tried embedding the video from my twitter account but that doesn’t seem to work. Click on the link and there is a short video of me finding my first concretion if the trip. It broke the drought of the last few days! I might need to start an instagram or YouTube account.

 

The shape of a concretion and the leg circles are what usually gives it away.

 

This is usually after the concretion has eroded a bit. Once the edges wear off the legs are the first thing to be exposed. The concretion also has a distinctive shape, usually once it has been worn a bit, oval, slightly flattened, and tapered at one end like in the video.

 

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The holy grail of crab fossils is to get a pristine crab with no erosion though,with  the tippy tips of the legs as @RJB would call them. This requires fresher concretions with no leg circles and usually you need to split the concretion to find out if something is inside, like @mamlambo recent video on his basketball size/shaped concretion.

 

I don’t have experience of crabs outside of concretions, but I imagine getting your eye in for the shape, and texture of crab shell will help. You then get to recognize when a small portion of fossil crab is exposed in the rock.

 

Hope this helps!

 

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