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Chesapeake Sweetness

On Saturday I had the whole day to myself. The wife and kids were heading up to visit her parents, so not only was I able to hit the beach, I had no time pressure to be back at a reasonable hour. I got to my favorite beach around 8 AM, and found it deserted. Highly unusual for a saturday, but the tide was at full high, and the early birds with their flashlights had probably already left.

The last few times I had been at this beach, the finds were disappointing, but this trip made up for them. I went up and down the productive stretch four times, each time finding some great fossils. The 1 1/8th Meg came first, followed by some nice Hemis. The big Mako, at 1 3/4 inches, came about a half hour later. The best find of the day came right after I found the Mako. The tide was heading out at this point, and I spotted what looked like a flat black rock sitting just below the high tide line. Something about the parallel sides and the regularly curved edge drove me to check it out further. I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I realized what it was- a huge Ray crushing plate in beautiful condition! It measures almost three inches wide, and is by far the biggest Ray plate I've ever found. I put it back on the ground in the same indentation I found it to snap the ground shot. The photo may not be a true ground shot, but it accurately shows the plate as found.

After heading back down the beach again, and the water level still dropping, it was time to break out the sifter. After a decent amount of shoveling, the upper I. desori tooth found its way onto my screen. It measures 1 and 11/16ths, and was in near perfect condition when I found it.

I was starting to get tired and hungry, so at about 3:30 PM, I decided to finally head in. On the way back, keeping my eyes glued to the surf line, I spotted a suspicious-looking rock that I just had to grab. It turned out to be the largest tooth of the day- a 2 and 5/16ths Meg. It's a bit chipped and worn, but it was the perfect way to close out a great day! Sob story of the day- I accidentally dropped the desori tooth onto a tile floor when I got home, snapping off a root lobe and dinging the tip a bit. A little Elmers put the root lobe back on, but the sound of that tooth hitting the tile broke my heart.

Good hunting to all, and only play with fossil teeth in a carpeted room!

Tom

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Location Calvert County, Maryland, USA

ID3624
MemberTom
Date Added3/8/2010

The day's finds
The big Mako
Monster Ray plate as found
  

Links
July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 3
July 2005 Chesapeake Bay Excursion - Day 3
Long Time, No Bay
Long Time, No Bay
Sometimes it pays to stick close to home ...
Sometimes it pays to stick close to home ...
  

Comments
Alas, poor desori, I knew it well... - 3/8/2010
Reviewer : MikeDOTB from North Carolina United States
Total Rating : 10
That's too bad about that tooth, I would have cried if thathappened to me! Grat finds though and that crusher plae is huge!!!! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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wow - 3/9/2010
Reviewer : Govinn from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
Great report Tom. I'm sorry for your loss, but great find with ray grinder plates. I've been hoping to find something like that for a long time. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 3/9/2010
Reviewer : Flex68 from Virginia United States
Total Rating : 10
You surely did have a good day! That crusher plate is impressive, and that big Meg doesn't look in too rough shape. Sorry to hear about the Mako, though. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 3/9/2010
Reviewer : Down by the banks from
Total Rating : 10
Nice! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 3/9/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
I love that ray plate Tom. Great stuff! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Nice Ray Plate - 3/9/2010
Reviewer : Fat Boy from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Nice report too Tom. Sorry to hear about your Mako, that's a pretty tooth. Hey, that little meg's pretty cool too! Content Quality : 10 of 10

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