I had a work event in the Wilmington area a few weeks ago so afterwards my goal was to do some collecting along the C&D Canal for a few hours. Unfortunately for me, strong severe thunderstorms were predicted that day, and as my luck would have it they began as I walked out of the door for work. I headed to the collecting area anyway hoping for a break in the weather. My first attempt lasted about 15 minutes as I gathered up as many belemnites as I could find while dodging lightning bolts until giving up and deciding to wait a bit longer. After some time listing to local talk radio and watching the ships move through the canal, my break would come. I had about an hour to collect before the next storm would scare me off. It was quite nice though even though it was a nice rain, I was comfortable. I managed to find some belemnites and collect a few Cretaceous mollusk specimens, although my goal was to find shark teeth. That proved difficult given the severe whiplash neck pain that I was experiencing every time a loud clap of thunder would startle me. My favorite find was a nice pathological belemnite. I had fun despite the weather but it was a long ride home though the storms!
|C and D Canal, Delaware, USA
|My favorite is the deformed belemnite. Not a bad haul despite the storm activity!