An amateur fossil hunter discovered this prehistoric whale skull in the Calvert Cliffs area and paleontologists at Calvert Marine Museum are carefully chipping away at it. Image: Cheryl Costello

VIDEO: How to Make Your Own Fossil Discoveries on the Bay

Two amazing discoveries along Southern Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay shoreline have captured the nation’s attention in recent months: a massive fossilized whale skull and a megalodon’s mega-tooth. Both were uncovered not by paleontologists, but amateur beachcombers including a 9-year-old girl.

Cheryl Costello wades into the surf with fossil hunters to get their insider tips—plus we get a new look at that whale skull as it’s slowly excavated. Watch below: