I’ve told you in previous posts that I shark tooth hunt when I’m in Florida and I’m planning on doing it again sometime this summer. I wanted to share an image with you of a shark tooth that is on display at an orange grove that sells the best ice cream…made from oranges that they grow themselves. This is a Megalodon shark tooth..a full sized tooth.
I should say that this shark lived a LONG time ago…..I imagine that the only thing that comes close to the size of this thing is a great white today….but I may be wrong….if you know better, please educate us all….I love to learn something new. I spent quite a bit of time this past week shark tooth hunting and only found around fifty-five…but I’m o.k. with that…I’ve had lots of good luck other times….just glad that I didn’t meet up with a shark with a mouth HALF the size of this one…I’m also happy that I didn’t meet up with the owner of that giant eyeball that they found washed up on shore in Florida last week….eeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkkk! It would have scared the tutu right off my head!
O.K….so you know I’ve been pre-occupied with Mother Nature lately…
enough about that…..I have just a few random thoughts that I want to put
out into the universe….I’M IN LOVE!!! I HAVE FOUND THE BOAT OF MY DREAMS!!
I told you that I love to collect shark’s teeth and that I have acquired over
21,000 at this point….AND I’M NOT DONE YET!!
The people on the beach have not yet experienced enough shock and awe…
each trip to the beach provides me with fresh victims….poor unsuspecting
individuals who are doing nothing wrong, minding their own business.
Little do they know that their day is about to turn….WEIRD….
When they meet me on the beach, they have become one of the rare and
special people of this world…who met the WACKY LOOKING BEACH LADY…
and lived to tell about it….
I must explain…I suppose….I am protective of my pasty, white skin…
I am a sight to behold when I set out for a few hours of shark tooth hunting…
I wear a long-sleeved shirt designed for fisherman who spend long hours out
fishing in the waters of the Florida Keys….I wear a GIGANTIC hat to protect
my head and face, elbows and knees…(I said, it was a big hat)…
I wear lovely little beach knickers that come all the way down to the
middle of my calf….and I have suntan lotion on under all of that.
Now this hat is a wonder…..it likes to collect the hair on top of my head
and weave it into its straw fibers while I’m busily scooping for shark’s teeth.
The hat’s motive is to gather as much hair as it can, so that when I take the
hat off….it rips out lots of lovely hair off the top of my head….
It’s hot searching for shark’s teeth…at least it is for me….those
people in shorts and bathing suits always seem to look so cool
and refreshed….because of all of my attire, and the exertion of the hunt
and the hat that always finds a way to hang upside down under my chin
when a breeze blows…my face is usually beet red, my face is all sweaty,
my glasses are fogged up and smeared with protective suntan lotion
and I have tons of ripped off hairs stuck to the lotion on my face…
Now you know why people’s lives are changed forever when they
meet me on the beach….they’ve never seen anyone who looks
like this before….I’ve even been asked to pose for a picture with a nice
visiting Russian family…and a little boy who wanted to help me
look for teeth….I think his grandmother was really going to sell
this photo to a magazine with the caption…”Freaks on the Beach”.
Now just remember….you know me by now….you know this is exactly
the sort of thing I would wear..and the sort of thing I would do….well..it’s
all true…Russian family and everything…and to put the icing on the cake…
it was Halloween day.
However, how did I get so far off topic…..as I said, I have found the boat
of my dreams…..here it is….
And now I will introduce you to a passion of mine….SHARK TOOTH HUNTING!!
Whenever I get the chance to go to Florida, there is never any doubt that I will spend
at least part of my visit, shark tooth hunting…
I’m still not sure why the area that I visit, Venice Florida, has so many shark’s
teeth…but there is a fossil bed that runs under this area of land.
After a shark dies, all that is left eventually are the teeth. They get buried under the sand and over
the eons of time, they become fossilized. As the tide washes in and recedes, these
teeth are uncovered, wash in, and then are swept back out to become covered
with sand once again.
There are parts of Florida that were not under water at one time and animal life
lived and died in this area…those areas,eventually were covered with water
and the bone from these animals became covered with sediment and eventaully
fossilized…So in addition to finding the teeth of sharks, you can also find fossilized
It’s pretty cool to think that you are the first human to touch these teeth
after millions of years have passed.
This is a sport where SPEED AND AGILITY are crucial…(Well, not always)..
But most of the time, these teeth wash in with the waves, and are pulled right
back out, so you’ve got to grab it fast…I use a “Florida snow shovel”, to scoop
along the edge of the water. You dredge up a bunch of sand, shake it up and down
in the water to wash out the little stuff, and yahoo!!!, if you’re lucky there will
be a shark’s tooth in amongst the shells .
Several years ago, I was thrilled to find a Megalodon shark tooth while wading
in the water…no scooping was involved, I just looked down and there it was!
The image you see on this post will show you the size of the tooth,
compared to what I normally find. This tooth is a “baby tooth” for this shark..The Megalodon
would grow to be up to 60 feet long and was the largest shark that ever lived.
I now have over 21,000 sharks teeth, tiger sharks, bull sharks, lemon sharks,
mako sharks, etc. and I am going to start rehab any day now
to conquer my addiction. (heehee). I know you’ll think I’m kidding, but I’ve
actually had people ask me if I pulled the teeth out of a shark’s mouth…
This is my serious post of the day….Oh! And just to back up my story, here’s
a short video...http://youtu.be/hcFlDQozc6g
Also here are some facts…http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/fossils/megalodon.html