Found a Huge Bivalve Fossil

Jeff C. wrote:

Did some hiking with my dog around Mussel Rock today. The storms and tide action have caused a lot of beach erosion along with rockfalls and mudslides. Part of the beach about 1/3 mile north of the beach access point is completely gone. The sand is gone and it’s down to the rocks now. Judging from the surrounding beach and cliff area I think about 2′ of sand is gone now. I also picked up a big piece of styrofoam and a huge “shark sized” fishing hook and a bunch of other debris. And found a huge bivalve fossil about 5″ long in one of the mudslides. There were about 10 or so of these fossils that used to be entombed in the cliff that are now on the beach. I suspect that there are hundreds of these in the mudslide itself. The 10 I saw were all rather large and all were better examples of this type of fossil than I’ve ever seen before.

bivalve fossile trash sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same fossil seen on end to show the overall shape. There were at least 10 of these that were highly visible at the base of a mudslide on the beach.



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