In the early seventies my father hunted for the unique agatized coral found in the Tampa Bay region. When it is found what you see is not colorful and lustrous. In its natural state it looks more like a small piece of cement that fell into a rough clump of dirt and then dried with dramatic twists, grooves and depressions. The fossilized coral is cut with a wet saw and then slowly polished revealing its inner glow like a flat cut jewel.
This specimen contains the highly sought after "tail light red" color. The location where this brilliant red agate was recovered was in an small, isolated area now completely developed along the bay. Along with its rich color, this fossil also has a stunning cloud-like botryoidal window in the center of the stone. High quality agatized coral from Tampa has become increasingly difficult to obtain. This is an uncommon gem from Florida's natural history.