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The Oregon Coast gives up some great beachcombing treasures recently
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Beachcombing Updates from Oregon Agates

CrepidulaIt is beginning to look a lot like beachcombing season again! Frank was just in yesterday (December 9, 2010) with a few trophies he wanted to share with everyone. He found what we all believe could be a fossilized sea turtle scull, (yet to get this photo) a very well defined fossilized Crepidula praerupta shell. Frank has also been very busy educating our upcoming pebble pups by doing geological presentations for classes in our Lincoln County School District. Good job Frank!

RoscoesCrepidulaSpring2010The Oregon Coast Agate Club Christmas party was last night, great food and a fun gift exchange was had by all in attendance. We have elected new leadership and hope to see the club continue to grow. Visitors are always welcome to join us for the meetings held the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Central Lincoln P.U.D.(across the Hwy from Safeway) meeting room in Newport. The annual show will be held June 18 & 19 at the Yaquina View School, multi-purpose room.

The photo to the right is of an artifact that was found last spring by Roscoe & Billy of Tillamook.  What is it? Looks like a crepidula...but developed the wrong direction.

TubeAgateDecember 31, 2010 - Frank found this earlier and brought in one the nicest tube agates we have seen in many years.

These are not commonly found here at the coast but this is a beauty. The photos were back lit to better see the patterns that run from the back of the stone clear through to the front. Well done Frank, for a wrap up to the year 2010.

January 13, 2011 - This is quite a beachcomber's trophy. Dee of Wyoming was just in with this spectacular museum quality artifact which is a 5¾" harpoon point carved of bone or antler. She found it washed up on the shore among all of the the flotsam and jetsam. I first thought it appeared to be an Indian fish hook.

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Winter has blessed us once again with better weather than summer! No wind, sunny and bright a great time for beach combing on the Oregon Coast. The rates are low and less traffic to contend with, what more could you ask for? Yes there are agates being found again, just the beaches are shifting and the gravel has been spotty. I have been busy working on not one but two books to be published in the next month or so. Just no time for us to participate in beachcombing or to get the photos up on the blog.

 

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January 31, 2011 - This beauty was brought in recently 5 inches long and it weighs almost a pound. Local beachcomber Kathie found this agate with beautiful red jasper highlights and it is now polished.

Nice find Kathie!

 

 

 

February 5, 2011 - The minus tides have been quite helpful to our guest and Michael of Portland just found this fossilized fibula in a tide pool of a large creature possibly an extinct large mammal the Desmostlus something like a marine hippopotamus or sea cow.

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Here is a sizeable fancy agate another one of our guest found this week.

Two really nice finds for our guest beachcombing on the Central Oregon Coast.

 

 

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February 5, 2011 - Frank, the president of the Oregon Coast Agate Club was out beach combing and found this fossil, of possibly a sea turtle?

 

 

 

 

He also found a couple of nicely formed agates to share with you. A fully agatized gastropod (snail like) shell on the left and an usual agate to the right.

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