This is Shark Week on the Discovery Channel and the movie The Meg releases next week. Everyone is buzzing about the prehistoric Carcharodon Megalodon shark. This extinct sea creature was the size of a school bus. Since sharks are cartilaginous, all that remains of these sea monsters is the teeth. The Meg's teeth are prized and valuable, selling for thousands of dollars for specimens over five inches. The condition is important, as is the color, completeness and if the tooth has serrations and enamel.
Many of you know that I am a fossil and treasure hunter. Florida, my new home state, is one of the truly great places for hunting for sharks teeth. Every time my husband and I go digging, we are hoping to find a complete tooth from a Megalodon shark.
But Jenna, you haven't actually found one of these teeth! Well...yes, I have!
And not only that, I've found teeth from Mako, Sand, Tiger, Great White and Hemipristis sharks. Guess what else we found? Whale vertebra, sperm whale tooth, gator tooth and the tooth of a bear.
The hunt can be at the sea shore. Venice, Florida, calls itself the Shark Tooth Capital, and there are many small teeth to be found in the surf. Divers head from the beach out to into the Gulf to hunt for larger specimens. We have had the best luck on private property. Sharks teeth are heavy. All fossils are heavy. They collect in rivers and streams. Field collection of vertebrate fossils in Florida may be conducted under the authority of a permit. Check your state for rules and regs. before collecting.
There are outfits that will take you hunting. Some are very family friendly. Like to find your own shark's teeth. Try these operations and outings...
Here are a few.
Florida: Megalodon Expeditions
Florida: Venice Shark's Tooth Festival
South Carolina: Low Country Fossil Excursions
California: The Ernst Quarries
Have fun fossil hunting! I hope you find a big one.