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I had fun this past weekend on Sat (Day 3) collecting in the mine.  I was really excited when I heard that the area had received over 3 inches of rain earlier in the week.  That meant the old footprints from the first weekend would be washed away, and new fossils exposed!  Well, I'm not so sure that was the end result.  I covered an aweful lot of territory, stopping frequently at what looked like really awesome Pungo hills which normally have loads of smaller teeth - but I just didn't see the volumes I was expecting.  That being said, I did find a nice variety of the usual teeth - no big megs, no parotodus, no hexanchus, nothing really rare.  During my travels in search of the elusive Yorktown piles I did cross over several areas or pockets of James City formation.  I slowed down long enough to see if I could spot a potential great white.  I don't know if it was the heat that got to me, but all of a sudden I found myself mesmerized by some strange looking shells.  I picked a couple up, some I've never seen before, and kept picking them up one after another.  I got a decent sand dollar, a shell I think is called a tea-cup saucer, and several really thin, twisted, spiral, and other oddly shaped shells.  It's always fun to expand ones collection, even if it is with shells. I'm particularly interested in the one pair of shells that are shown below in the separate pictures.  These are the first I've ever seen.  If anyone knows what they are or if they are rare please let me know.

I must also mention that  I stumbled upon a bright green frog about 2 inches long.  I startled him, and vice-versa.  I was hoping to find a Meg in the "Weed", but found an amphibian instead.

The pics below reflect my nicer finds.  You'll also see a couple shots of the mine this year, and in particular the "rocky - ramp" entry way into the collecting area.  This is the same ramp that got washed away a few times last season.  It seems a bit more solid this season and will hopefully hold up through the end of the season. As many of you already know, the quantity of fossils dwindles from week to week unless there is substantial rain in between. Nevertheless, there is always the infamous Pungo crawl that I think many will resort to soon, so I bet we'll start to read about more smaller and rare stuff like brambles being found.

Thanks to the guides for all the help and thanks to PCS for the opportunity to collect!


Location Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina, USA

Date Added10/7/2008


Leee Creek and the green turtle mojo
Leee Creek and the green turtle mojo
Singning in the Rain on opening day in Aurora, NC AKA Lee Creek
Singning in the Rain on opening day in Aurora, NC AKA Lee Creek
The Name Game
The Name Game

James City is alive and well!! - 10/8/2008
Reviewer : pat y from United States
Total Rating : 10
Daryl, At first I thought you were in the upper YT, but that sanddollar is great!!! Too bad you didnt include a map to your collecting spot-but I'll be looking fo it. Great pictures! Pat Content Quality : 10 of 10

Drool Quotient : 10 of 10

Picture Quality : 10 of 10
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