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I can't believe I walked by that

I took my family for a weeks vacation at Matoaka Cabins. The mission was to find each of them their first Megs! The first day gave us nothing but a few Hemis and other small teeth. The next time we hunted NSO (not-so-obsessed) my fiance' found a nice 1 3/4" lateral. One down two to go! We went to another spot where my daughter found a sweet 2 1/2" Meg with bite marks on it! Only one more to go... The last day we were there we stopped and started hunting. Several hours later and still no Megs. My son was bummed. I was ready to go but he talked me into just one more trip up the beach. He and NSO went one way and my daughter who now wanted to be called "Meg-girl" and I went the other.

 We were almost back to the boat when something caught my eye.. could it be?  I leaned down to see better. There it was the tip of a porpiose snout. How could I have missed that before? I had to have walked by it at least 5 or 6 times. But how much was there? I touched it and it fell apart in my hand. I wrapped it up to be reassembled at home. I reached back under the block and expected to find nothing, but there was more! I rolled the block off and started to move the shelly sand with my fingers. Note to self..Those shells are sharp!! With my fingers bleeding I kept moving the sand. Finally just what I had hoped for...the back of the skull. It seemed to be all there but only after I got it home would I really know for sure. Well it's been a few long weeks and I finally have it back together. It had been crushed by the block but most of the pieces were there. The only thing missing was the tip of the snout and the very thin material around the brain case. What a way to end a vacation!

 

Location Calvert County, Maryland, USA

ID3015
Memberobsessed1
Date Added9/9/2008

  

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to cool - 9/9/2008
Reviewer : sharkdentist from
Total Rating : 10
that is a awesome post the skull is a awesome find. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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freakin' awesome - 9/9/2008
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Truly the find of a lifetime. 13 yrs of collecting hundreds and hundreds of trips to the cliffs and I've never found more than a few associated whale verts. Congrats Kev. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Nice skull - 9/10/2008
Reviewer : m4 from
Total Rating : 10
Very nice!!! Were there any ear bones with it? Please consider keeping some matrix in a ziploc with it and havinG either the CMM or NMNH folks take a peak at that, just to make sure that its not something new. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10
Sweet find!!! Keep an eye on the spot in case more erodes out.

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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- 9/10/2008
Reviewer : Chris from
Total Rating : 10
Simply AWESOME !! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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WOW!!! - 9/10/2008
Reviewer : svillej from Pennsylvania United States
Total Rating : 10
congradulations on an incredible find and staying with it to find all the pieces and the patience to put it back together Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Too Cool!!!! - 9/11/2008
Reviewer : 2bears from
Total Rating : 10
Man that is an awesome find. Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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