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I made a trip out to Douglas Point today and had one of those incredible fossil days that just makes you want to head out over and over again. There were two cars in the lot already when I arrived early this morning but their occupants must have been up to something else because I never saw them and I had the beach all to myself for most of the day.

 

It was a chilly but beautiful morning on the banks of the Potomac.

 

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There's just no better sight at Douglas Point than a nice Otodus obliquus tooth waiting for you in the sand.

 

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And that wasn't the only one -- as it says in the thread title, today was an Otodus kind of day.

 

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#3

 

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#4

 

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#5

 

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Yep, still going -- #6, which was in the best shape:

 

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And finally, lucky #7, which I found on somewhat higher and drier ground:

 

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I didn't only find Otodus today. There were also quite a few nice and sharp sand tigers.

 

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I often find large Striatolamia striata roots with broken crowns.

 

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But this one was complete! It doesn't hit the magical 2-inch mark, but at 1.7 inches, it is my largest sand tiger find to date. You can't tell in the photo, but the blade is sharp and the tooth is in quite good condition.

 

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I found another tooth that at 1.5 inches is also quite large, though this one's more river worn.

 

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Beyond shark teeth, I found a nice ray plate.

 

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There were also beautiful butterflies.

 

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All in all, it was a rather splendid day!

 

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ThePhysicist

Wonderful finds, thanks for sharing! Love those in situ shots.

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Fossil_finder_

love seeing the complete ray plates. nice finds!

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FossilsAnonymous

Wow, what a day for that site! The most Otodus I've ever found there was a maximum of three! Especially, nice find with the ray mouth plate. I found one there recently as well in similar condition.

 

Find any turtle bits?

 

Great finds, FA

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HemiHunter

 Ha ha! Bruce, I saw all the cars in the Douglas Point lot yesterday so I went down to Purse (which was empty). I had the place to myself, too. You made the better choice, though, with all those awesome otodus! I just found one good one. I did better on the croc material, with two nice finds and several more partials.  I also found some turtle shell, the nicest chunk below.

 

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11 hours ago, ThePhysicist said:

Wonderful finds, thanks for sharing! Love those in situ shots.

 

11 hours ago, Fossil_finder_ said:

love seeing the complete ray plates. nice finds!

 

1 hour ago, rand95 said:

Awesome finds.

 

Thank you!

 

11 hours ago, FossilsAnonymous said:

Wow, what a day for that site! The most Otodus I've ever found there was a maximum of three! Especially, nice find with the ray mouth plate. I found one there recently as well in similar condition.

 

Find any turtle bits?

 

Great finds, FA

 

I found three Otodus on my very first trip to Douglas Point last spring and then none for half a dozen trips afterward. I've been having better luck lately, but yesterday was something else! I did find a few small pieces of turtle shell (maybe 1/2 to 1/3 the size of the one in @HemiHunter's photo) and some other random bone fragments.

 

45 minutes ago, HemiHunter said:

 Ha ha! Bruce, I saw all the cars in the Douglas Point lot yesterday so I went down to Purse (which was empty). I had the place to myself, too. You made the better choice, though, with all those awesome otodus! I just found one good one. I did better on the croc material, with two nice finds and several more partials.  I also found some turtle shell, the nicest chunk below.

 

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You did well too. Is the tooth to the right of the Otodus a narrow croc tooth or some kind of fish fang? When I arrived at Douglas yesterday, I was hoping that the first two vehicles would just be sifting near the trailhead. It was a welcome surprise to find they weren't down by the river at all!

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9 hours ago, bthemoose said:

You did well too

I was happy with my finds.  I LOVE croc teeth.  That big croc tooth fragment came from an absolute monster. It's fun to think a whole one like that might be there somewhere.

I suppose it was good we ended up on different stretches--more finds between us to share with everyone!

 

9 hours ago, bthemoose said:

Is the tooth to the right of the Otodus a narrow croc tooth or some kind of fish fang?

Yes, I think it's a fish fang, but I have no idea what from.  My first one as far as I can recall.

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Clint08

Gorgeous ray plate. Looks like a really nice trip and great photos! 

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I had another successful trip along the Potomac yesterday afternoon. The large croc tooth below is missing most of its enamel unfortunately, but it has a very satisfying weight and at 1.8” is by far the biggest one I’ve found.

 

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Love that situ pic, and that is a huge looking croc tooth! My wife will be happy to know the snakes are out now lol.

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On 4/23/2021 at 6:15 PM, bthemoose said:

I made a trip out to Douglas Point today and had one of those incredible fossil days that just makes you want to head out over and over again. There were two cars in the lot already when I arrived early this morning but their occupants must have been up to something else because I never saw them and I had the beach all to myself for most of the day.

 

It was a chilly but beautiful morning on the banks of the Potomac.

 

IMG_0329.thumb.jpeg.325a56712e91476cbc2136ba41cd1272.jpeg

 

There's just no better sight at Douglas Point than a nice Otodus obliquus tooth waiting for you in the sand.

 

IMG_0346.thumb.jpeg.fd575cf99d9164d165e5cf7be5279766.jpeg

 

 

IMG_0349.thumb.jpeg.47e22ed88741ba6ae91e185f15bd39c6.jpeg

 

And that wasn't the only one -- as it says in the thread title, today was an Otodus kind of day.

 

IMG_0361.thumb.jpeg.df3ce079fe5a727107aa9a48cfd32d17.jpeg

 

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#3

 

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#4

 

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#5

 

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Yep, still going -- #6, which was in the best shape:

 

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And finally, lucky #7, which I found on somewhat higher and drier ground:

 

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I didn't only find Otodus today. There were also quite a few nice and sharp sand tigers.

 

IMG_0340.thumb.jpeg.ecedd9007b4c571aea70da37f740fb78.jpeg

 

IMG_0350.thumb.jpeg.1c10e29f7c56249ef80fffe8732271d0.jpeg

 

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I often find large Striatolamia striata roots with broken crowns.

 

IMG_0393.thumb.jpeg.28eaea72385e0a02346b71d379a45a3c.jpeg

 

But this one was complete! It doesn't hit the magical 2-inch mark, but at 1.7 inches, it is my largest sand tiger find to date. You can't tell in the photo, but the blade is sharp and the tooth is in quite good condition.

 

IMG_0394.thumb.jpeg.112e89bc4613fe0e2fced7329eccd6ea.jpeg

 

I found another tooth that at 1.5 inches is also quite large, though this one's more river worn.

 

IMG_0358.thumb.jpeg.483c954b881685a6218d4d4bc68e8cbc.jpeg

 

Beyond shark teeth, I found a nice ray plate.

 

IMG_0385.thumb.jpeg.fd0ef678faafef92dafc3c21e4f1a6ec.jpeg

 

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There were also beautiful butterflies.

 

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All in all, it was a rather splendid day!

 

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Looks like a beautiful day. If you ever wondered, the blue butterfly is in the family Lycaenidae and the yellow is a swallowtail, family Papilionidae. 

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10 hours ago, Clint08 said:

Love that situ pic, and that is a huge looking croc tooth! My wife will be happy to know the snakes are out now lol.


Indeed — and soon to be joined by billions of cicadas!

 

5 hours ago, Crusty_Crab said:

 

Looks like a beautiful day. If you ever wondered, the blue butterfly is in the family Lycaenidae and the yellow is a swallowtail, family Papilionidae. 

 

Thanks!

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