The Spring Season Begins
March 5th, 2005
"Fossil guides discussing the collecting area"
"The other side"
This season, we are on the other side of the mine. This picture shows the
collecting area from last year. The foreground is part of the collecting
area for this season.
"Spring 2005 collecting area"
This image shows most of the collecting area for the 2005 spring season.
The area is a little small, but hopefully will be extended into decent Yorktown
as the season progresses.
"Amy about to enter the mine"
Megalodons are probably dancing through her mind as she stands at the edge. She ended
up finding a small 1 7/8" C. chubutensis.
March 5th was our date for our spring season trip into the mine. The forecast called for
Thunderstorms in the afternoon. Luckily none occurred. The sky occasionally looked ominous,
but it didn’t even rain while in the mine, and the Sun came out for quite a bit.
Anyhow, this season, we are collecting at the other side of the pit that we collected in last
season. The area is a bit small, but hopefully they will extend it further into the mine as
the collecting season progresses.
This spot is mostly filled with the James City Formation. Shark tooth collectors know this
is very bad, since most teeth are found in the other formations, the Pungo River and Yorktown
Formations. At any rate, we had a good time collecting, Yorktown was very difficult to find,
so we spent most of the time in the Pungo River, occasionally wandering into James City.
Since there was very little shark producing formations, we found fewer teeth than we
anticipated, both in size and in quantity.
However, we didn’t let this dampen our spirits. We decided this would be a good opportunity
to increase the size of our “bone garden” surrounding our house. So we had fun digging up
various whalebone fragments and vertebra; always hoping that a megalodon would pop out in the
process of digging up vertebra.
"James City Indicators"
Since this place is chalk full of James City, you may want to know what it looks
like when you are in it. If you see TONS of coral fragments, bleached white shells,
and barnacles, you know you are in James City.
If you find yourself here, and want to collect shark teeth, I would suggest
looking for another spot. Shark teeth are difficult to come by in the James City Formation.
However, Great Whites are found in this formation. (Not the Megalodons, the modern
Great Whites). They are fragile, and therefore are often found with their roots broken.
However, with that said, a very nice 4" meg was found in the middle of some James City
when we were collecting.
"Finds of the day"
Here is our catch of the day. Nothing big. Amy's small C. chubutensis was probably the highlight
of the trip. Also notable was the large amount of modern tiger teeth I found, I usually find
half the amount per trip. Also, Amy didn't find any. Strange? Also, not shown here, is
a nice large whale bulla, a nice Tiger tooth in a chunk of displayable matrix, and porpoise vertebra in a chunk of
Pungo limestone with most of its processes still attached.
"Bones for the fossil garden"
We also ended up lugging 70 pounds of bones out of the mine. Most will be added to our growing
fossil garden. By now many of our neighbors think we are serial killers that deposit the
bones of our victims in our yard.
A few will of these will given away, and some will be put in our collection, such as a large
chunk of ulna with serrated bite marks in it.
A closer pic of the little C. chubutensis Amy found.
Since the collecting area is filled with James City, great whites are a bit
easier to find this season. Here are two chipped up ones we found. Great whites
often are found with the roots broken, since their roots are very thin and fragile.
This is a fish skull. When we asked, the guides said it is probably some kind
of Robin fish.
And, of course, we stayed at our little B&B while down there.
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