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Sharks' teeth found in Florida.

Sharks' teeth found in Florida.

Sharks' teeth are like black gold, historically speaking. They're amazing examples of ancient fossils, and some can be very valuable. Best of all, they can be found right on the sand, for free. All it takes is a sharp eye, a little effort, and some luck. I've always enjoyed shelling and saltwater fishing, and I went through a period when I was an avid searcher of sharks' teeth, or "shark teeth," as some people call them. Most of my searches have been on Georgia's barrier islands and the islands and beaches of Northeast Florida, but I'm sure you can find shark teeth just about anywhere that's adjacent to saltwater.

Find Black Gold on the Beach

As an avid beach-goer, I enjoy shelling. My favorite thing to find is shark teeth. Of course, these aren’t shells at all, but since they’re found on the beach as gifts from the sea, they’re usually loosely considered seashells. The teeth can be used to make jewelry, and sometimes groups of them are mounted and framed. They make great conversation pieces.

Many beach towns have souvenir stores and gift shops that sell sharks’ teeth and sharks’ teeth jewelry. If you’ve priced these, you know that they’re usually pretty expensive, especially for the larger specimens. Why not try to find your own on your next trip to the seashore? If you enjoy saltwater fishing from shore, looking for shark teeth is a great way to pass the time while you're waiting for a bite. Just stick your rod in the holder or sand spike and start searching!

About Sharks' Teeth

Almost all the sharks’ teeth you find are not actually the teeth themselves, but fossils of the teeth. Sharks are constantly losing teeth, and as they do so, a new one moves up to take its place. When the lost teeth sink to the bottom of the ocean and become buried in sediment, they begin to fossilize. The minerals in the sediment gradually replace the original tooth material. This process takes thousands of years to complete.

Fossilized shark teeth are different colors, depending on the sediment in which they were buried. Most are black and dark grey, while some are brown or tan. Fossilized sharks’ teeth of unusual colors are rare, and they're more valuable. Fossilized sharks’ teeth you find on the beach or in the water are probably millions of years old. In fact, the shark species the teeth belonged to might very well have been extinct for millennia.

Sharks’ teeth found in Georgia and Florida range in size from less than a half-inch to over six inches. These large teeth are from Megalodon sharks and are extremely rare.

How to Find Them

There are no set rules for finding fossilized shark teeth. If you ask five or six “experts,” chances are that you’ll get five or six different answers. I can only tell you what works for me.

Where to Look

Go to the beach at low tide, and look for tide lines—the lines of debris along the beach. Walk the tide lines and look for black triangles. These are the sharks’ teeth. While not all fossilzed teeth are exactly triangular in shape, most are. Others, like those of the sand tiger shark and the short-finned mako, are more stiletto-like in shape. Lemon shark teeth are shaped like the bone of a T-bone steak. If there are a lot of shells, scoop up a handful or bucketful and sift through them for teeth. You might want to collect a pail of shells and sit in your lounge chair while you search through them.

Another good place to look for sharks’ teeth is at the water’s edge. If you have a lot of competition on the beach, this might be your best chance of finding teeth because you’ll see them before any other collectors have a chance.

If any sandbars are visible at low tide, wade out to them. This is often a great place to find teeth. As you’re walking through the water, feel the bottom with your toes. Sharks' teeth and interesting seashells are sometimes trapped between sandbars or between the sandbar and the shoreline.

If you’re at a beach that has clear, calm surf, try snorkeling to search for shark teeth. I like to float in shallow water and lightly run my fingers through the sandy bottom. I’ve found some beautiful shells this way, along with numerous sharks’ teeth. I need to warn you, though, if you see a flat fish-shape buried under the sand, it’s probably either a flounder or a stingray. Flounder don’t sting; stingrays do. If you gently disturb the sand behind the ray, he’ll go along his merry way, but try not to surprise him. Stingray barbs are nasty—I know from personal experience. I tell that story in my “Killer Manatee” article.

When to Look

Many people find that shark teeth are more abundant on the new moon and the full moon because the pull of the tide is stronger. I don’t know if this is true, but I do know that after a storm or high winds, there will be more teeth and more shells in general on the beach. Also, if you can find an area where dredged sand has been added to a beach or near a beach, this is a great place to look for sharks’ teeth.

Learn About What You Find

If you find some treasures and are interested in their age or from what shark species they came, a quick online search will give you some answers. Also, a local shop will probably be able to help you.

Shelling and searching for sharks’ teeth is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Kids love it, too, and it can be a real learning experience for them. Even if you don’t find any shark teeth, you’ll have enjoyed the beach and gotten some exercise!

Comments

Rose H on July 05, 2017:

Who wrote it first?

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Leah Lefler from Western New York on March 11, 2012:

I was Googling how to find shark teeth since we're headed to Myrtle Beach in three weeks. Great hub, Habee! I have a six year old and a four year old, and I can't wait to comb the beach with them, looking for black triangles!

ross on January 08, 2012:

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joeyjo197613@yahoo.com on November 14, 2011:

i was working at a job site in simpsonvile ga where some dirt was brought in but anyways i found alot of shark teeth and have been hooked on wanting to find more we arent aloud back to the job site so im going crazy on where to go now im in waynesboro ga and if you know where i can go around here or within 50 moile i would love the info so i can take my son on a hunt please help im hooked

PADDYBOY60 from Centreville Michigan on October 23, 2011:

I love the beach, but right now I am stuck in Michigan. So far I haven't found any sharks teeth around here. But after I retire I plan to live closer to the ocean.

bree on October 19, 2011:

i think im rich

John D on September 18, 2011:

I have lots of small sharks teeth from a beach near Sarasota wish I knew where it was my parents took me. I am going to Florida this week.

Chris on September 09, 2011:

looking for teeth on the Connecticut beaches would be a waste of time ,... no sharks swim over here !!!

StephenSMcmillan on July 04, 2011:

Again, another nice hub from you habee! It had fascinating topic.

thedutchman on March 21, 2011:

This is fun.Cool! Collecting shark's teeth. lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 14, 2011:

Yeah, that would be a lot more shark teeth than you'd want at one time! lol

konrel on March 06, 2011:

Habee, that is a nice picture of shark teeth. I hope to go out this summer to the beach and try your tip to finding shark teeth. I just dont want to find any gripping my leg. :)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 12, 2011:

Ha! Funny, Glem!

Glemoh101 on January 07, 2011:

I can find sharks teeth by using Google searching for it

haha!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 03, 2011:

Kirsten, finding those kinds of fossils would be way cool! The only ones I've found are the sharks' teeth.

kirstenblog from London UK on January 01, 2011:

Habee - what a fantastic idea! A few years ago I did some camping on the coast of the UK known as the Jurassic coast to find fossils (we found some really small ones to bring home and huge boulders full of fossils) but I did not think to look for shark teeth. Next time I am visiting the beach I know what I will be looking for (in addition to fossils of course).

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 18, 2010:

Thanks for reading!

thedutchman on December 16, 2010:

enjoyed reading this hub. nice share.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 19, 2010:

Cartloop, thanks for visiting!

Stumbler, have you tried Ebay?

stumbler007 on November 12, 2010:

pretty cool article here, trying to find where to buy some, don't have time to comb the beaches! Thanks.

cartloop from Sacramento on November 10, 2010:

Very cool sounds like fun! Never thought of looking for sharks teeth but I do a lot of diving and after reading this post next time I am out I am looking :) Thanks for the great hub.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 07, 2010:

hi, Todd. Thanks!

toddO on September 05, 2010:

WE LIKE TO GO SHARK TOOTH HUNTING AT "MANASOTA BEACH" ON MANASOTA KEY FLORIDA "not in the keys. THE REALLY NEAT PART IS NORTH OF THE PUBLIC BEACH ARE ALL PRIVATE HOMES WITH NO PUBLIC BEACH ACCESSES. THIS MEANS MOSTLY PRIVATE HOME OWNERS SCOWER THE BEACHES FOR SHARKS TEETH. MANASOTA HOTEL "A DIVE " IS JUST OVER THE CAUSWAY. NO POOL BUT CHEAP WITH A FULL KITCHEN. HAPPY HUNTING.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 02, 2010:

Thanks, Jane! It really is fun...and relaxing!

johan0111 on September 02, 2010:

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Jane@CM on August 30, 2010:

Very cool habee - this sounds like great fun!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 06, 2010:

Best of luck in your search for sharks' teeth, Alya!

Alya rose from From beyond the reeds on August 03, 2010:

Oooooh!now I'm itching to get out there on the beach and find my very own shark teeth!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 02, 2010:

True, Nicks! Thanks for reading!

Nicks on August 02, 2010:

Habee - a useful Hub. The problem, of course, is how to keep kids busy and hunting for shark's teeth strikes me as 'exciting' and something a bit different. Useful!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 01, 2010:

Yep, Keith, I'd think they're pretty rare in WI! Come to the GA or FL coast to find some sharks' teeth.

Keith Schroeder from Wisconsin on August 01, 2010:

Hunting for shark teeth sounds like fun. They are hard to find in Wisconsin though. I might need a little vacation to start my collection.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 01, 2010:

Thanks, Ek!

ek on July 31, 2010:

This is an interesting article

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Air!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Steph, I dunno. All the ones I've found were in GA and FL. Ask AKirchner!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Bd, sharks scare me, but not sharks' teeth. lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Lannie, thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Thanks, Kelly!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Lew, sometimes you have to sift for them.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Thanks a bunch, Shawn!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Happy hunting, Milko!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Yes, Gift, but these sharks have been dead for a LONG time!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Beth, hope you find some!

air jordan on July 31, 2010:

I really enjoyed reading it

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on July 30, 2010:

Love the photo! My kids would love to find sharks' teeth! I wonder if we would find some along the Oregon Coast?

bd160900 from San Diego on July 30, 2010:

Very nice article! I am an ocean lover but sharks still scare be.

Lannie Briden on July 30, 2010:

hey, really cool hub! I've never hunted sharks teeth hehe.

kellydove on July 30, 2010:

great hub

Kathleen Lewis from Southern Michigan on July 29, 2010:

Great hub, Habee! I love shelling, beach strolling, etc. While in Florida a few months ago I kept my eyes peeled for shark's teeth, but did not find any - darn. Hopefully next time.

Shawn Scarborough from The Lone Star State on July 29, 2010:

This is a very interesting hub. I really enjoyed reading it.

milkomeda from America on July 29, 2010:

amazing Hub Habee, I'll try and look for some shark teeth next time I go to the beach. :)

Gift Experts on July 28, 2010:

Neat Hub and photo of the teeth. Hate to have those too close to home :(

BethShay777 on July 28, 2010:

That's so cool. I'm gonna try that next time I go to the beach! Great Hub! :)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Good, Jeanie - let me know!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Rt, maybe they're not on all beaches??

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Lender, I've found lots of them!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Jay, thanks for reading!

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on July 28, 2010:

Nice hub habe. =) I wold definitely try to find one with my baby on the beach. This should be fun. =) I will comment on your hub again if I found one. =)

rt-cal from Australia on July 27, 2010:

I live on the Coast and have never found any, but im might start looking for some.

lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on July 27, 2010:

Wow, cool article! Have you found a lot of them? I've picked up some pretty interesting shells for my collection but never anything quite that unique! I'll have to keep my eyes open next time I'm at the beach.

jay jared on July 27, 2010:

Love the article! I used to do this as a kid at Myrtle beach in South Carolina.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2010:

Cool, Surfer! The Jax area usually has a fair amount of sharks' teeth!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2010:

Bat, keep looking for shark teeth. You'll find some!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2010:

Maybe you'll find some more, Wade!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2010:

Locker, I'm not sure. One of our hubbers said the Mediterranean doesn't have many sharks.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 26, 2010:

Richard, that's a great memory! Thanks for reading!

Surfer Boi on July 23, 2010:

I love looking for sharks teeth after I go surfing. Usually the beach my wife and I go to has a lot of smaller sharks teeth at low tide. We usually come out with about 5 sharks teeth per trip. This is in North Florida near Jacksonville

Bat eyes on July 20, 2010:

I always go to the beach, but I can never find any sharks' teeth. :(

wade11hicks on July 16, 2010:

Wow very interesting, I remember finding pieces of teeth in the sand at the beach but I just didn't know what it was. Gosh, only if I knew, I would of saved them.

Locker from 127.0.0.1 on July 16, 2010:

Not this is some unique Hub!

I don't think I have ever seen one, I wonder if those can be found in the Mediterranean too?

Richard Stephen on July 15, 2010:

This hub really brought back memories of my childhood days in Myrtle Beach, SC. We used to collect shark teeth by the dozens as they washed up on the shore. It never got old! Shark tooth necklaces were popular back then and we would make candy money selling them to the guys that made the necklaces. Thanks for the memories!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 15, 2010:

Billy, this is a great way to entertain the kids for a couple of hours!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 15, 2010:

You're soooo right, Nifty! I love the ocean, the gulf, tidal creeks, and marshes!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 15, 2010:

Hi, Bob!

billyaustindillon on July 15, 2010:

Kids would love these treks for sharks teeth - thanks Habee

nifty@50 on July 14, 2010:

Great hub habee! I think any kind of beach combing has got to be fun! A bad day at the beach.....there's no such thing!

bob on July 10, 2010:

sup

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 10, 2010:

Great, Plapa! Good luck!

Plapa from Portugal on July 09, 2010:

Ahah, finally I got something to do when I go to the beach. Thanks x)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 22, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Leslie!

Leslie Jo Barra on June 20, 2010:

We used to live in NC and look for them all the time. There is a place you can go to at the beginning of the Outer Banks where there is a museum and mounds of earth from a nearby phosporous mine that you can sift through and look for shark's teeth. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2010:

Thanks for the kind comment, Nick!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on June 16, 2010:

Thanks, Warrior!

NickSimpson from Jacksonville, Illinois on June 13, 2010:

Cool, Cool, Cool! What an extraordinary hub!

Thanks for sharing all of you knowledge and expertise,

Nick

PrayerWarrior101 on June 12, 2010:

Cool Hub, thanks

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 19, 2010:

Herbi, look for some shark teeth next time you go to the beach!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on May 18, 2010:

Oooooh I want some. How beautiful!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 15, 2010:

Good, Dobo! Hope you find some sharks' teeth!

dobo700 from Australia on May 15, 2010:

I'm always walking the beach, next time I'll be looking down more. Thanks

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 23, 2010:

Thanks, Konrel! I guess you can find them on most beaches.

konrel on April 23, 2010:

Nice article on finding shark teeth. I found some in a collection my uncle gave me but never thought to look for them on the beach. This summer I plan to shark teeth hunt on the beach like you explained how to. Cool article. Thanks for the tips for shark teeth hunting.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 22, 2010:

Cool, lalesu!

lalesu from south of the Mason-Dixon on April 22, 2010:

Topsail Beach, NC! My favorite place to hunt. Thanks for a fun and interesting hub.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on March 18, 2010:

Good luck in your quest, Shareitt!

shareitt on March 15, 2010:

Very cool, as you can see I love the beach...what an awesome day it would be to find some shark teeth! :) Thanks for the tips!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 18, 2010:

I'm with you, DT!

Doberman Training on February 18, 2010:

Good hub, thanks!

i hope to never find teeth with a shark attached :-D

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 16, 2010:

1berry, we don't kill sharks to get the teeth. These teeth are fossilized - from sharks that have been dead for millions of years. You find them on the beach.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 16, 2010:

Hi, Charlie! I collect spear points, also.