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Makos but Meg-less   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

      Early in November I took a trip to Calvert Cliffs in Calvert Cliffs State Park.  Now, the park has a pretty tiny beach, but it seems to be less crowded, especially in the fall and winter because of the 1.8 mile hike to the water.  It was cold and windy but I managed.  I found two good makos; the first was 1.25" and the other was 1.85", both were of Isurus hastalis.  I als...

Mixed bag from the bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

When going down to the bay this morning I didint get my hopes too high.  The last fossil hunt I was on was at the famous Lee Creek mine in NC, and it would be very difficult to top that.  The bay has been pretty picked over this summer/fall but I was hoping that some of the strong winds we had from the other day would release some new finds.

Over all this was a good hunt.  Nothing very large but some real nice...

Midnight attack on scientists cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Wednesday morning  540 AM standing on matoaka cabins beach looking out at the bay. It was dark cold and the moon was out but not that bright Windy north 8-12 knots. I said a prayer and jumped in the kayak and started the long journey  to scientists cliffs. Well that was the plan at least. After about a mile of waves crashing into ...

Dead Deer Smell Bad   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
This was our first trip in awhile and was worth the wait. Between me being sick and working on our living room we have havent been fossiing. The last time we did go it was in the low 70's !!! we were wearing shorts and i was barefoot. It wouldnt have been good for me to go barefoot, the high was gonna get to 43 and cloudy. So we layered up to keep nice and warm. Thanks to an accident are trip was delayed a few extra minutes but we were still on time to get there before low tide. On the first wal...
A cold day at the Bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
11/9/2007

This weekend was suppose to be a quite time at the bay with just me and porpoise girl, however Jayson and Amy decided at the last minute to come down and Paleoscan was able to make it on Sunday so it became a fossil trip after all.

Low tide was in the morning and I had access for the weekend north of Paleoscans pad. Went there first and found one tooth. Thats rigth, one tooth... The water was wind driven and there was lots of sand on the be...
The best day I will ever have   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

After a short stay at one of my favorite beaches where I had no luck except for a inch long upper hemi. I went to another beach a few miles south. Private community so i was hoping even though I was late getting there I would be the first one on the beach. No luck at that I saw footprints walkin the entire beach. I however didnt focus on the beach because the water was extremly low! I was picking up some good size bones and all the sudden.....A sweet 2.5 chubby just laying on the bottom...

damn it feels good to be a digger   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
So basically it was a windy friday moning at one of my favorite spots on the cliffs. Tide was pretty far out but as i made my way down the beach I saw something that made me forget all about the tide. A FRESH FALL AND A BIG ONE. Well not a big one but a nice one. I walked towards it and hopped up. I could tell i want the first one to see it due to the fact that someone had already dug some of it up. But never the less I found some area that looked potentially promising. So about 30 minutes into ...
The drought is over !! My cup runneth over !!!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Like many of my east coast counterparts, there has been quite a drought
here in Maryland for the last few months.  Fossil colelcting wise, there
has also been a bit of a drought finding any kind of quality size teeth.
Well, last week it finally rained for three and a half days, with some
heavy downpours mixed in.  I was chomping at the bit to see what the
resulting impact would be on the cliffs ...

Nice little crab   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
well we thought that the winds were going to be alot worse then they really were and stopped by Brownies before heading out on the boat. Brownies was boring as usual, hardly any teeth and a bunch of people, when we got to our usual location( Chris was there, his trip on 9-13-07), we did quite good, I found a nice mako and some hemi's, 4 BROKEN MEG'S!!!!! and a crab, its the thing 2nd in at the top right. I even found a nice porpoise jaw section. The worst part is this trip would be the start of ...
Maybe a bird skull???   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Hit my favorite beach this morning, and I got there real late with the great beltway traffic.  To my surprise I was going to be the first one down the shore.

The conditions looked great, and I had a nice trip (was hoping to grab a meg...but not today).  I did find a real nice 1.5" hemi, an angel shark tooth and a real nice vert, but the interesting find is what looks to be a fossil bird skull.  I could be wrong, a...

Old trip from february.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

There was a cold northwest wind a first light. I was the crazy boy in his waders piled with layers of clothing and just as happy as could be. The first thing came from the swwet meg staring me in the face laying on some clay pebbles about two feet from where the normal surf line would be.....WOULD BE.....but today the wind had dragged the tide out about 50 feet. The beach was plentiful with tons of lil teeth I found over 300 teeth in total 30-40 tigers and contortus. The super nice thin...

A first from the bay for me   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Just the other day I tried a new spot a little further down the cliffs than I usually look for fossils. At first I thought I had wasted my time only 5 small teeth after almost a mile of walking then I came to a area of cliffs with the water splashing up against them. I pushed on wading in waist deep water. After a hundred yards there was a small stretch of beach with huge blocks that had fallen from the cliffs. I kept looking in the surf and still had found very little. Then I glanced u...

The luck of the waves   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

This post is from a little while ago. I went to my favorite beach and was lucky enough to be first. I found only some small worn teeth while walking down the mile or so to the end of accessible beach. On the way back up I passed 4 other collectors. Just after passing the last of them and being almost all the way back to the beginning I found a really nice Mako and then only a few steps further I saw the tip of a root sticking up out of the gravel. I knew it wasn’t a shark too...

Extended lunch break   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Here some finds from an extended lucnch break.  Every week I have one day that takes me close enough to hit the fossil beaches, and on this day a variety of neat items were found.

A porpoise tooth, ray scute, a couple of half way decent makos and snagletooth teeth are the highlights along with half of what would have been a nice 3" meg.&n...

Matoakas good for something.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I'm Tony and this will be my 1st post. I do all my hunting in the bay area but do to the lack of a camera I can only post certain trips.

On this day I went alone down to a place called Matoaka Cabins. I had been there before and if your the type of person who likes to comb the beach for fossils...STAY HOME. Or go somewhere else. To ...

Cow and meg   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I decided to try a trip to a different part of the bay.  My normal spot is getting hit so hard it really has been very poor for a couple of months now. 

I broke out the little boat that has been dormant in my garage for a couple of years now.  Had to get a new battery and put some fresh gas in it.  Like my Honda CRV, the Honda outboard fired up like I had ran it yesterday! I like my kayak but traveli...

Paleoscan is my lucky charm   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Paleoscan, I and our better halves got together for the Labor Day weekend for three days of fun along the Calvert Cliffs.  The wives spent lots of their free time with our jet ski and we used it when they weren't for quick trips to exposures.  Since it was a Holiday weekend and the beaches would be crawling with people we decided to go to spots that you could only get to by water.  On Sunday we headed south to Chopt...

Slow on the bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

This post actually represents three trips to the bay!! 

The first trip was about three weeks ago and was a complete bust.  I did finally get a chance to meet Daryl, the Daryl from this site.  This was cool, its always good getting some pointers from a bay veteran, but its not always good following this veteran down the beach...slim pickins!!

First point from bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

The lack of quality, or any arrowheads for that matter, is what got me into looking for shark teeth.  Last week, while looking for giant megs,  I finally found my first Maryland point. 

Its made from a poor quality material, most likely Argolite, but the craftsmanship looks good.  Had the Indian who made this had access to good quality flint, like you find in New York, this would have been a very nic...

PCS warm up from 5-11-07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I was leaving for PCS in the evening and thought I would give my eyes just a little more training. I headed down the beach and after 15 minutes I saw the tip of a root sticking up out of some gravel. I pulled it out slowly to find a nice meg. Later it would measure 2.5 inches. I continued on and at the next good pile of gravel found a piece of a Squaladon. The day was rounded out by an internal clam mold and a nice vert. Along with the small stuff. Good Hunting obsessed1

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family fossiling trip   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
family fossils has never really worked out for us, the first trip we really never found anything and the last time we tryed to go inour boat and my mom was afraid that the boat was about to sink in the waves so we scratched the trip. This time i was expecting the same reaction from my mom but she had no problem about the waves this time, I decided to head ashore and try to lower the weight on the boat, the beach leading to our spot is always boring to walk but as long as i got to fossil i was h...
My first skull..From trip on 4-4-07 and 4-6-07 By obsessed1   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

      I was able to leave work early so I figured I would run down to the cliffs for a quick look around. I didn't find much on the way down the beach just the normal small stuff and with the rather large waves didn't figure to do much better on the way back. But then I saw some bone in a block of clay. I took a better look and realised that this was at least part of a skull. The tide was...

Sweet Megalodon from Chesapeake Bay!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Its taken me just about six months since I started shark tooth hunting to crack the 3" mark for the bay.  I have come very close on two occasions and did best it with a tooth from the Potomac in Virginia, but it was badly worn by the river.

My latest treasure checks in at 3  3/16".  I know this is not a particularly big tooth for some of the southern locations, but for Mary...

Dog days of summer   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I have learned a lot about "toothin" this year. I think one of the more valuable lessons learned is the winter and early spring rule.  The water is colder, and you need to wear waders, but the water is also much clearer and you don't have to battle all the people looking for that big one. 

Here are the results of two small trips.  The first was a quick "lunch" to a new are...

Beats watching T.V.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I hit my favorite beach the other day only to find that I was probably the third person to go down it.  Luckly for me the tide was still going out and the conditions seemed to be getting better by the minute.

This beach is my favorite because if you really look close and take your time you can find a great variety of treasures, even being "third up to bat".

The water wa...

A megalodon is a megalodon (6-8-07)   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Wasn't much around and the tide was high because it was one of those transitional tides where they seem to be all weird. I was lucky enough to find some huge gravel sections and put my rake to the test. No megalodons but a 2 nice makos and a nice hemi. were found which were my best fossils for the whole day. My dad on the other hand had himself a small megalodon. For my dad he neer likes to sit still and wait for something to come to him so he started to head down the beach and over the large tr...
Fathers day finds   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

My wife asked me what I wanted to do this fathers day, so I took full advantage of this opportunity.  I called my dad up and we both headed out to the bay to just relax.

Fishing, exploring, testing out his new homemade potato launcher (this thing is REALLY cool), and fossil hunting were all in the plans. 

I timed it so my father would drop me off at a totally new cliff ...

Reading The Cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Friday, 8 June 2007 - I finally got a 3rd opportunity to go to the cliffs and finally started having better luck. It started with finding a pretty nice vert right at the start followed by a detached growth plate. I'm not sure exactly why, but I have been really looking to find one of these after my brother started pulling them out of the ground down there in South Carolina. Soon after, I found a very nice fish vertebrae while all along the way finding the smalli...
never hurts to repeat your steaps 5-29-07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
The day seemed perfect for a fossil hunt. I headed right my father headed left. Usually by this tiem some local person would be reaching the location that my fatuer and i were at but today no one came(for now). I found a few nice teeth the nicest was a croc. tooth or was it. As i walked in the direction of my dad i picked up some nice makos just uncovered after my dad passed them. Right before i got to my dad a tip off a croc. tooth washed up in front of me, i get to my dad just after that ...
dug up a cow 5-13-07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
we didnt find much in the means of good teeth. There ware tracks from someone who had been there before us so thats probley why the sea didnt provide as much as we wished. We tried everything to mabey with a little luck have something pop up for us to grab and make the day seem better then it would be, but no luck. The gravel was there but there were no large teeth in the spots. There were some smaller makos and a few hemi's but nothing shocking. After a while i got bored and went out looki...
Footprints 4-29-07   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
We arrived at our normal spot soon after sunrise with an hour to low tide.The beach was mostly sand covered with no waves coming in ,it didn't look good. We headed opposite directions from the boat so we could get a pass in before someone showed up. I found bits of bone ,small teeth and 2 1 1/2 " makos .My son did a little better finding several makos ,2 squads and a broken chub . we wern't alone after that someone from the mgs had came down the beach. I guess she wasn't watching the groun...
M4 Megalodon Alert!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Well, after 16 years of looking for a honker it finally happened, just not as expected.  For years I only knew of and/or had access to one place to fossil hunt.  During those first painful years the best area was a long 1.5 mile one way walk northward over a long, flat stretch of beach with little finds to an outcrop that always seemed to produce some fossil goodies.  It was always disheartening though to walk the 1.25 miles to see a local come down 100 yards ...

Fuel for the fire   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

You can't find a whole meg every trip, but you can sure try!  This fossil adventure is more about what could have been, then what did happen.  It still was a good trip.  I found a couple of half way decent ecphora, a nice sand tiger, a small but nice mako, a large portion of a skate mouth plate, and a real nice ear bone.  The beach provided just en...

Size doesn't (always) matter...   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
The day began heading to the Calvert area a few hours before low tide. After finding one spot closed, we stopped for lunch and found the locals quite helpful with pointing out some spots. Arriving on the beach we were met with the surreal image of a silent but pretty crammed beach full of people with heads in collanders. At that moment, I realized the possibility of finding ones like I did with my brother in Summerville just reached  nil.
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Variety is great...but MEGS still rule!!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

Three days have past since half of the eastern seaboard experienced the "perfect storm", at least for this year.  I had an opportunity to hit my favorite beach this morning so I set the alarm a little early.  I made my way down even though I knew the tide was going to be a little too high, and the wind was still going to be a little too strong.  ...

Wonderful April hunt   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
The day started off very calm, and clear and the tide was low with no waves, close to the boat my father found 1 beautiful croc tooth and another that was a little worn, for me i found a 1.5in mako and a hemi out in te water aways burried under a little bit of sand.  As the day went on it seemed as if there was not to much to find untill in front of me i found a nice megalodon tooth with no root and the a large chunk off a chub., so i go to tell my father about this section of some ok g...
not much around today   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
We wanted to get a good start to the day in the right mood for fossiling.  After we left for our favorite spot we seemed to notice that the day may not be as great as we thought it would be.  The waves were rolling in and only scraping away at the sand that was covering the stuff under the beach.
Casting off with "USS Fossil"   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
This was going to be only my second adventure for my new kayak which a friend dubbed "USS Fossil".  I was to hit the beachhead at daybreak, again at a new spot (most of these places are well know areas on the bay, but for me they are "new spots").  The day actually started off a little disappointing.  The tide was right, and the conditions looked good, but the teeth were not cooperating.  Eventually I started getting some finds for my new c...
Whale of a Cow...oops... Whale AND a Cow.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I recently broke down and bought a kayak for the sole purpose of harvesting 6" Megs from various regions of the bay and Potomac river.  This was going to be my first trip to a completely new area along the bay for me, and any time you get to hunt a new place its exciting.  Knowing that a 6" Meg was probably not in the forcast, I was just hoping to have a good morning and not encounter as many people as I do at my normal haunt.  A good d...

You can't beat Brownies for breakfast.   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

I have had a tough work schedule lately.  Only one fossil adventure over the past two weeks. This morning I thought if I played my cards right with work I could get a quick hunt in at my favorite beach.  I got up extra early and made my way all the way down to the hunting grounds only to find that a guy from Syracuse, New York left at 10 pm last night to hunt this beach!! (tru...

Thats not a tooth or is it?   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
We got a late start to the day not expecting to go but we couldn't pass on the low tide.  As we went by the cliffs to our fossiling spot it was obvious that we wern't alone.  A group of around 13 people from the Calvert Marine Museum we there for the same reason we were but luckily for us only about 4 of them choose to get to my father and I's favorite section.  Me and my father went are seperate ways each of us finding tons of bones and vertabraes around the same time...
Presidents Weekend Bay Trip   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Went out for a cold walk on the beach with paleo scan. Found these at my favorite beach. Neither of use found lots of teeth but we found tons of bone - over 25 vertebra between the two of us. The few teeth that I did find were nice. The cow shark was found in a footprint that had unfortunately broken the root, but it was lying right there so was easy to notice and reattach. The hemmie has classic color. The squalodon molar is the find of the trip and the first molar from the bay that I get t...
July 2006 Bay Trip   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
This was fossilguy and my annual post-education event weekend at the bay. We had visions of multi megalodons but ended up with none between the two of us. We searched over 20 miles of beach area over the 3 days covering 40+ million years of marine history. My finds of the trip were both firsts for me, a small nurse shark tooth and an intermediary tooth (minus the root) from the early Miocene (?). Not much in the way of large sized finds but we had a blast. The finds above the ruler are fr...
Skull Report   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
After years of finding cool stuff along the cliffs and calling local museums to quarry skulls that I had spotted, it finally happened - I spotted a skull that was fair game for myself!! Only the very tip of the snout was sticking out of a huge block of zone 11 in the wash zone on the beach my friend calls “the batan death march”. With no plaster with me, I decided to just remove it in a block. Easier said then done… As with most skulls along the cliffs that are found in deep water environm...
A Squalicorax that floats?   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
These fossils were actually collected outside my house on the Chesapeake Bay. I was waiting for something nice to go with Croc teeth before I posted. Within about 2 weeks, I these two croc teeth and the two others shown in a previous post. The mako I found on a trip out in my boat the Squalicorax. Notice the pathological bulge on the side of the tooth....
Finally - One to Keep!   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
After years of hunting the Chesapeake Bay and looking for a “keeper” sqaulodon tooth I finally got one. The conditions were right – they were calling for highs in the low 50’s with a 30-40 mph NNW winds so I took the day off work and headed to the Bay. I arrived at 7:30 and hunted my favorite stretch of beach. Found a bunch of nice hemmies and few makos and was ready to turn around to head back when, for some reason, I decided to keep going, past where I usually stop on each trip there. Af...
Calvert Cliffs Fossil Hunt Feb. 6 2006   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Well, it had been months since my last trip to the Bay and with the pending snow storm in the afternoon and a nice low tide in the morning this was going to be a search and dash day trip. I went to my favorite beach and it was prime. Gravel everywhere, nice low tide and no one else in sight. The water was cloudy due to recent falls so that could be the only condition to complain about on this trip. I didn’t find a Meg but I did find a large, uncommon porpoise tooth in excellent condition and...
Sometimes it pays to stick close to home ...   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Mrs. Paleoscan reporting. Himself was waiting for some decent Bay finds before we posted. The invertebrates are especially for the SC boys! Himself was particularly happy with the croc teeth. The bison tooth was from a couple of weeks earlier. These fossils [land mammals in general] are fairly uncommon here so we wanted to make sure it was not a 200 yr old cow before we posted....
Long Time, No Bay   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Well, it had been months since my last visit to the Miocene beaches of Calvert County. In fact, it was all the back in July with Fossilguy and Paleoscan that I was last able to sample some of the fossil treasures of my favorite beach. I visited my favorite site at first light and again at the end of the day but not much to speak of. I did find my nicest crocodile tooth from that particular site today. I only have three complete ones from that beach. Seems that the closer you get to the youn...
July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 3   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Day 3:

Site 7. This was a day spent on land. After 7 hours sleep (woo woo!!) we went to my favorite spot on the bay and found some teeth. Same spot that ditchweezil found his C-bay tooth at when he visited us yankees a few years ago. We were beat to the beach by a kayaker by just under 10 minutes and he found a nice small Chub not 20 feet from his pull in spot. I ended up with 2 small chubbies and fossilguy was down an agitated 0-3 in the Meg department. That didn’t last long...

July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 2   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
I was on much of the mega trip with m4 and fossilguy in July to the Chesapeake region. I am happy to anounce that despite their best efforts on the PAX, they did not tip over m4's boat. The collecting spanned about 50 million years of geologic time which is why it is great to be in this area. I live on the Chesapeake and can pratically pee on cliffs of the Calvert Fm from my deck. As the fossil gods smile upon me, I will post pics and descriptions of the enamel which comes my way. ...
July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 2   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Day 2:

After getting 6 hours sleep (double the amount from the previous day!!) we headed out with a fellow (from here on know as Paleoscan) who is a long-time visitor to the ditchweezil site. Maybe we should get him an on-line name DW - what do you think? Anyway, we went out to some sweet spots on the Potomac River. Paleoscan has a few intermediary teeth, a crossover between otodus and ariculatis and we were hoping to add one of those to someone’s collection.

Site 4....

July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 1   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Background:

FossilGuy and I made plans months ago for a weekend at the cliffs. This was to be our reward for assisting at a daylong fossil event for a local council of cub scouts. No wives, just the Bay Mistress (my little 14 foot boat) and lots of time to scour the shores of the bay and surrounding areas for fossil treasure. The trip did not start off well. Fossilguy’s car died not soon after he arrived at my place. It limped to a garage and was repaired while we were away, ne...

An Aurora Appetizer - Calvert Cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA
Well it was that time of year again for the pilgrimage down to Aurora, and I really wanted to make the most of the trip by getting in as much fossiling as I could along the way. My wife was working over-night Thursday into Friday which meant I couldn’t leave any earlier than 5:45 AM, and I needed to be back Saturday night for a family event on Sunday. 42 hours of “cart blanch” fossiling! My first stop was at Calvert Cliffs to meet up with M4 and a buddy of his. I had never been to the cliffs, s...
Finally! A Shot at the Cliffs   Calvert County, Maryland, USA

We went on vacation to Williamsburg, VA, and that's too close to some great places not to do a little fossil hunting. I had my wife's stamp approval, so my dad and I mapped it out with m4 and fossilguy way in advance. (be sure to check out the razor time precision in the end!).

  1. meet at bowling alley at 7:00 am.
  2. walk cliffs at one spot until 9:00 am...
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