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2+ Million Yr Old Sharks Teeth

Discussion in 'Fishing Chatter = anything to do with fishing' started by Rich M, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. Rich M

    Rich M Sailing Master
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    Went fossil hunting and found some.

    Fun stuff.

  2. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Did you find all those in one trip?
  3. Very nice collection.
  4. Rich M

    Rich M Sailing Master
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    Mak - Yes - My cousin lives down that way and they are learning how and where to do this. So they took the learning curve off quite a bit.

    Some folks were walking the beach and finding teeth along the edge of the surf. Very neat.

    Thanks Shrimp - never knew this was possible.
  5. Saltgasm

    Saltgasm Seadog

    Finding them on the beach can vary drastically. Years ago, my wife and I had sharks teeth coming out of our ears just sitting on the beach in one spot. Never saw that again, usually have to walk around and do some raking.
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  6. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Cool. Never would have guessed you could find that many in a day.
    So what’s the trick to shortening that “learning curve”?
  7. Volleybum

    Volleybum Master Gunner

    Great days find! The trick to finding that many is to be lucky and put your time in!! I have a half way decent collection of teeth I have found over the years. The trick in all honesty is to know what you are looking for. Most people are looking for white large teeth. They think every tooth should be out of the Jaws movies. When in reality, they are much smaller and usually black or brown or even some are reddish. Some of the people who are really into it will get a floating strainer and use a shovel and dump material onto the strainer and let the water wash away all the sand until it down to shells, rocks and hopefully a tooth or two. Those work great on the west coast. I went to the dollar store and bought a pasta strainer and just used that as my own shark tooth finder. Some people will actually use sand flea rakes and look that way. Other people just walk the beach looking. The really serious tooth collectors will use scuba gear and look for the megalodon teeth. Those are the huge ones you see and hear about all the time.
    On the east coast, there are usually teeth here too, but you have to look a little harder for them. St Augustine up to Jacksonville is a great location where many have found teeth. Just not as many as west coast in particular Venice Beach area. Heck, Casperson State Park has more teeth than they know what to do with. They actually have teeth emended in their sidewalks and concrete there just to show people how many teeth are around.
    Mostly, I look at it as a great way to waste a few hours wondering the beach or giving me something to do as my bait is soaking away since I can't sit still very long.
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  8. robthetimekeeper

    robthetimekeeper Sailing Master

    This guy has tons of cool videos on YouTube. He finds more fossils on dirt roads than at the beach.

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  9. Rich M

    Rich M Sailing Master
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    We were looking in the wash zone - wave comes in and stirs up the bottom, then you get the undertow. Have rake down where the undertow is pulling everything into the trough and pull it up full of sand - rinse sand off in rake, then dump rake full of shells and shell fragments onto a sieve of hardware cloth and finger thru the shells. The teeth we found were mostly black.

    We did find most of the teeth in a small area of beach.

    Looking forward to going back when it is warm enough to go in the water. I'd like to find a couple whole teeth about the size of a quarter.
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  10. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Great information. Thumbsup1:::1 Will have to get my son and family hunting them next time they visit.
  11. Rex Russo

    Rex Russo Pirate

    If you ever get down to the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can find plenty of them there.
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  12. Volleybum

    Volleybum Master Gunner

    When your family is here, take them to Washington Oaks State Park on the beach side. Lots of teeth there supposedly.
  13. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Thanks for the tipThumbsup1:::1
  14. shrimpmansteve

    shrimpmansteve Seaworthy

    All very cool stuff. Thanks guys
  15. FLJNR

    FLJNR Blackbeard

    We have walked the beach and found quite a bit just at the edge of the water in Amelia Island. Mostly small black ones. Once you finally eye your first one rolling in the surf, they become easier to spot. It was funny when we first started cause we were picking up anything we thought closely resembled a tooth shape. It wasn't until we seeked the advice of what looked like an expert tooth hunter on our catch that we found out we didn't have a single one yet. She took the time to show us and actually found one with us standing there. It was on from that point. Very nice local Floridian!
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  16. 311sarge

    311sarge Deckhand

    That’s pretty wild to find. Never really thought to look for them while walking along the beach.

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