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Meeting Canceled Due to
Hurricane Irma

USF will be closed 9/9/2017 due to hurricane Irma.
Our next meeting will be 10/7/2017.

Our monthly field trips to Vulcan & Peace River are also canceled for this month.

President's Message

Goodbye to a Friend
Lou Villei

Before I begin here, I have to tell you that the excitement of TBFC’s 2017-2018 season is tempered by the loss of a dear friend to our club. In this edition of the Chronicles you will read of the passing of Lou Villei. Lou served TBFC as a Director for about the past six years and has been a helpful co-director for fieldtrips with Fred Hendershot.

Lou was just as excited as a kid on Christmas about hunting for fossils and game. Sadly he was just healing up from some health issues and looking forward to getting in the field to hunt for fossils and to put some venison in his refrigerator. Lou experienced a devastating stroke in July and left this Earth a month later.

TBFC will award a onetime scholarship in Lou’s name. If you would like to donate to that scholarship, please send a check or money order made out to TBFC. I will arrange for a presentation to a worthy student at a future TBFC meeting. Be sure to put “Lou’s scholarship” in the memo portion of the check.

Lou will be sorely missed. Rest in peace kind soul.

Welcome Back TBFC!

Welcome back fossil hunters, it’s that time of year again! The kids are heading back to school, the dog days of summer have come to an end, and it’s time to wake the Tampa Bay Fossil Club from its summer hibernation! As usual, you’re TBFC Officers and Directors have already been hard at work preparing for you yet another great season of interesting meetings, informative lectures, and lots of field trip adventures! Are you ready TBFC!

Why Are There So Many Shark Teeth at Venice Beach?
Bob Fuqua
September 9th, 2017

Why are there so many shark teeth at Venice Beach? The answer is not because SCUBA Bob Morgan seeds the beach every morning. It’s a question we get a lot here at TBFC. I’ve heard many answers, and I’ve heard a few people just make stuff up on the spot. So here’s a great opportunity for everyone to get on the same page with some correct answers to why Venice is the shark tooth capital of the world.

Bob Fuqua has written the book on Venice Beach shark teeth, literally (Fossil Shark Teeth of Venice, Florida and Hunting Fossil Shark teeth in Venice, Florida). He is retired from a career in cryptology, so who better to decode the mystery of the Venice shark teeth?

30th Anniversary

As the season begins we will continue to celebrate TBFC’s thirtieth anniversary. There will be more special events to come as we finish out 2017, and, a very special surprise for you folks that remember the Leisey Shell fossil discoveries.

TBFC meetings will move back to BEH 103 for the remaining 2017 meetings. Don’t let this confuse you though, BEH is directly across the street from where we’ve been meeting for the past year, and where we had met for many years before that.

Are you ready TBFC? Here we go…

This one’s for you Lou.
Good Hunting

Michael Searle
President 2001- Present