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!
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