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Fossi Hunting Along the Calvert Cliffs

Sunrise in January along the Bay.  It was actually very warm, shorts and t-shirt weather!

Sunrise in January along the Chesapeake Bay. It was actually very warm, shorts and t-shirt weather!


Clavert Cliffs Trip Report

I decided to head down to the bay with some fellow hunters for a new year's trip. I wanted to collect and also to check out the prep work on the Squalodon skull I found on an earlier trip.

Our first stop turned out to be the best stop. We hit a place near Brownies beach for our 1st low tide. As it turned out, Paul found a decent 2” mako (Giant White), and I found a nice 2.25” meg within the 1st half hour of collecting. Those turned out to be the best finds of the 2 day trip!

The second low tide was well after dark, so we killed some time at the museum checking out prep work being done on my squalodon and some other skulls. We then hit a spot near Governors Run. The conditions were perfect, the water was crystal clear, there was very little wave action, and we could see every little thing for a few yards out into the bay. However, there were NO teeth! (Well, Paul found one little 1/2” tooth ).. Since low tide was after dusk, our plan was to hit the beach we were at in the morning with an array of spotlights! Visions of fossils hiding in the darkness only to be revealed by our artificial midnight sun ran through our heads. So, after our disappointing jaunt near Governors Run, we went back to our morning spot. As dusk quickly approached, we were finding very few fossils. In fact, we weren’t really finding anything… Disgusted at the situation, we decided the midnight sun wouldn’t help us find fossils if there were no fossils to be found. Instead, we retired early for the night.

On our second day, there was one low tide in the morning. Our plan was to meet up with another fossil fiend, and take a very long walk to a spot that usually produces nice fossils. After the long walk to the spot, we found all kinds of things, smelly dear carcasses that fell off the cliffs, bird poop that paul accidentally put his hand into, dead fish, sea shells, sand… All kinds of stuff but fossils!! Somewhat disappointed, we all headed home!

Below are pictures of the trip and the fossils



Here are Pauls better finds of the trip, a nice 2 inch mako (Giant White), and a small chipped megalodon.



Here are my finds of the trip. Not much, but I did find a small 2.25 inch megalodon shark tooth.



Here is a pic of the hurricane aftermath, months later.. This debris field use to be a paved parking lot near the beach.



This stairway to nothing use to lead up to a big concrete boat ramp, which has been picked up and carried a short distance down the beach.




Recommended Books and Fossils:





Shark Tooth Hunting on the Carolina Coast
By: Ashley Oliphant, 2015
A guide on how to find and identify fossil shark teeth on the North and South Carolina beaches. It also has an easy to use section for shark teeth identification. If you want to find shark teeth in the Carolinas, read this book first!




Get Your Very Own Megalodon Tooth:

These are Authentic Megalodon teeth sold by Fossil Era , a reputable fossil dealer (that I personally know) who turned his fossil passion into a business. His Megalodon teeth come in all sizes and prices, from small and inexpensive to large muesum quality teeth. Each tooth has a detailed descriptions and images that include its collecting location and formation. If you are looking for a megalodon tooth, browse through these selections!


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