Calvert Cliffs, Maryland
With my wife heading up north on family business and my son away at
school, I made a quick decision
to take a Friday off and head down to Calvert Cliffs for a couple of
This was my first trip down to the cliffs and I had the good fortune to
team up with one of the local
collectors for a time as we searched for exposed beaches to scan. An
abnormally high tide made collecting
a little tricky, but afforded us amble time to chat as we waded from one
spot to the next. I wished him good luck
as he headed further along the cliffs and I settled down to work a
section of beach that looked promising.
With the tides so high, I decided to cut the trip
short, and headed back on Saturday afternoon as soon as the
incoming tide forced me off the beach. Nothing spectacular to report,
but I had a great time and look
forward to my next trip. I will pay a little more attention to the tide
tables next time.
Bayfront Park, better know as Brownies beach to fossil collectors.
Abnormally high tides during the weekend left many areas
This picture was taken just a few hours before low tide.
Collapsed sections of the cliff are constantly replenishing the supply
of shark teeth.
Part of my haul, snaggletooth teeth were plentiful, a couple of makos,
a complete cow, porpoise and a hammerhead at the bottom right.
A little wave action on Saturday and some larger teeth started to show
This meg is a real heartbreaker.
One of the nicer teeth of the trip. This mako is just shy of 1 1/4
The cliffs abound in fossil shells, but they are very fragile. I found
in a recent collapse. I let these soak in a PVA and alcohol solution for
an hour. Most of the shells I collected did not survive the trip back to