You’ll find teeth from the prehistoric megalodon sharks, lemon sharks, great white sharks, mako sharks, sand tiger sharks and bull sharks. Predominantly, we find the megalodon teeth in our area. The megalodon shark (Carcharodon/Carcharocles Megalodon) was a natural-born killing machine that was the largest carnivore known to have ever existed at 50 to 60 feet long. It roamed the seas millions of years ago feasting on fish, whales and each other.
The principle teeth of the megalodon shark could be as long as 7 inches (you’ll need some scuba gear to find those teeth) but, you will find examples along the beaches up to 3 inches long. Paleontologists suggest that this behemoth creature went extinct about 1.5 million years ago after dominating the oceans for millions of years.
The tooth photographed above was found at Barefoot Beach Preserve (Bonita Springs, Florida in Collier County). Don’t ignore the piles of shells and collectibles that are way back from the water line that were left there from a high tide – that’s where the one in the picture was found. It was just sitting there on the top surface of shells and fragments. You have to check everywhere in between the high tide line and the beach itself.
Train your eyes to notice the shape and the patina that distinguishes shark teeth from shell fragments and stones. You’ll be amazed at how small a tooth you’ll find amongst everything that washes up onto the beach. Recently, we found 11 sharks teeth of different varieties on the Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach in about an hour of strolling the beach during a low tide. Another good place where we have found sharks teeth is around Access #8 along Hickory Blvd. (Bonita Beach, Florida about a mile and a half north of Doc’s Beach House).
Happy hunting – the sharks teeth are there! Call or text us at (239) 272-4848 for more information or to get the latest tips on our recent findings.