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Fun day at the Beach - EDIT NEW PIC ADDED

I had a great time collecting with my daughter recently on our trip to the Bay.  At least now I know that my next fishing trip won't get hexed!  I also met two BRF members, Daryl and Johnny.

My daughter and I were working our way slowly along the cliffs, she going faster than I like a shark tooth vacuum cleaner.  That means that I have to be more thorough and when I saw who was ahead of me I realized that I'd have to go even slower.  Up ahead was a figure that I recognized carring a sifter and a shovel, our BRF friend Daryl.  My daughter urged me to move ahead of him and I said that I thought that I knew him, so I'd like to catch up to chat, but not pass him.  Instead, my plan was to work back the other direction (she didn't hear me say that).  Daryl moved pretty quickly ahead presumably to sift a favorite spot of his while I tried to catch up.  In doing so, I climbed over a log put one leg on the other side and shifted my weight, only to find myself collapsing in deep mud up to my hip with my other leg still on the log, and the only thing keeping me from eating mud was my elbow on a tree limb 6" under the water.  With mud in my face, I managed to get back to my senses and catch up to Daryl to say hi.  We chatted for awhile and then went back to our collecting.  I also found out later that my daughter found that same mud hole!  Anyway, it was a pleasure meeting Daryl and look forward to seeing him in the field again.  I went back the other way thinking my daughter would do the same but she went the other way. 

Daryl eventually worked his way back and said goodbye after another short chat and I caught up to my daughter and collected for awhile longer.  We just about had enough and on our way back she decided that she wasn't quite through and wanted to turn around and try again for awhile.  About that time another collector caught up to us and asked if I posted on BRF.  I said yep and he introduced himself, Johnny, a BRF member.  We had a nice chat then and crossed paths on the way out too.  Nice to meet you Johnny! 

The finds for me were pretty much the usual mix except a little less with my daughter the vacuum cleaner working ahead of me all day, and Daryl too, but still had some pretty cool stuff including a large Hemi that is my centerpiece for the trip. Even though it's really one of the bigger ones that I've found there it has a little damage, but still pretty cool.  I thought that I had found a big meg when I spotted a root in the sand.  I reached for it expecting to re-enact Daryl's video when all that came out was the root...DOH!  Another "fragolodon" as Daryl calls them.  But it did make me realize that it could happen just the other way too, ya never know.

My daughter found pretty much the same type of stuff, maybe even more variety, including a beautiful perfect hemi.  But in my opinion, the find of her trip was a ratfish plate.  I didn't realize that they were found here, but now I know that they are.  I don't have a good pic today but will post one soon of it, but you can see it in the pic of her finds below.  It's the second specimen from the right above the top row of tiger sharks.

Anyway, I had a blast, met some great people, and spent time with my daughter again doing what we both love to do.  It's really not about the stuff we find, it's the act of finding and to me, sharing it with her, that makes it so fun for me.

EDIT:  I added a new pic of what I thought might have been a ratfish plate, but I guess it could be a ray or some sort of fish pharyngeal plate...I think that the texture isn't like any of the ray material that I've found, but I'm going to go back and examine some old stuff that I collected.  I'll post in the identification section and see what comments y'all have..

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Location Calvert County, Maryland, USA

MemberFat Boy
Date Added4/2/2010

My finds for the trip
My large hemi
Another pic of my hemi
My daughter's stuff
And a pic next to the "Shark Tooth Vacuum Cleaner". This is what it's all about for me.
Ratfish, ray or fish plate?
other side...kinda looks like a ray plate from this angle
side view

never hurts to repeat your steaps  5-29-07
never hurts to repeat your steaps 5-29-07
Reading The Cliffs
Reading The Cliffs
Fathers day finds
Fathers day finds

- 4/2/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Hi Kevin. It was great finally meeting you, and your daughter at the beach the other day. I didn't get to meet Johnny though. He must have showed up after I left. You and Riley found some nice stuff. Take a closer look at the "ratfish" specimen. Make sure it isn't a really worn piece of stingray mouth plate. I have found some small sections about that same size, all black and worn with maybe three or four rows of stingray teeth. The pic is a little hard to see the finer details. There definitely are cretaceous specimens down there though. The same day I saw you and your daughter I found a serratolamna serrata, and last month I found a small worn squalicorax kaupi. I'm impressed with how much youre daughter found considering the tide was really coming in while you were there. She managed at least 30 tigers plus a bunch of other stuff. Not too shabby! Great father-daughter team & pic. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 4/3/2010
Reviewer : johnny from
Total Rating : 10
Nice to meet you as well Kevin. I like the large hemi's you and your daughter found. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Looks like a ray, smells like a ray, tastes like a ray... - 4/3/2010
Reviewer : Daryl from Maryland United States
Total Rating : 10
Yep, that's a piece of ray plate for sure. I have several worn pieces like this one. It's easy to miss-ID stuff when it's so worn and abraded. Thanks for adding the extra pics to help with the ID. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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