Introduction: How to Find Shark Teeth

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Do you live near the beach? Love the outdoors? Are your kids full of energy? Do you want to get them outside to explore, learn and get some fresh air? Maybe you're looking for some fun on a budget? Are you individual with a thirst to learn hands on? Or do you simply love to hunt for objects, live for the quest? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then looking for sharks teeth may be a great adventure for you.

Recently my wife, kids and I have been spending a lot of time at the beaches near our home looking for "black gold. " Shark teeth fossils are in abundance at nearly every beach I have been to in Northeast Florida. There are definitely some that are better than others, but if I look hard enough I can usually find a handful of sharks teeth to add to our collection at any beach. This Instructable will go over the basics of finding sharks teeth and how to get the whole family involved. So lets start searching!

Note: This is my largest Instructable to date and I have added many notes of the pictures throughout. The notes on the pictures only show up on a computer when you click on the image to view it (They don't seem to show up on mobile devices). Just want to make sure no one missed out!

Step 1: Exploring the Science Behind the Teeth!

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Sharks are majestic predators of the deep that have fascinated the masses for time untold. Believe me, I am hooked on finding out more about them. That being said I am by no means a paleontologist, but I have done a decent amount of research to increase my knowledge on the subject of finding shark teeth and answering the 5 W's (who, what, when, where and why) about shark teeth. Here are some answers to many frequently asked questions regarding shark teeth.

Who do the teeth belong to?

The shark teeth that we are finding and collecting are not the sparkling white teeth you would extract from a modern living shark, but beautiful, glossy black or brown fossilized teeth of their ancient ancestors. These teeth are 10,000 years and older and have been hardened with the test of time. As a whole Shark teeth have changed very little over the years with very few differences between the different geological eras and periods. This makes identifying the age of the teeth hard to do without knowledge of where they had been found.

What species did the teeth come from?

Identifying the species of shark that a particular tooth came from can be tedious, but fun. There are dichotomous keys, diagrams, and guides written to help to determine which tooth belongs to which shark. Some of these quick reference guides may also give a rough estimate of age, but it is just an estimate. Most are written based on the physical descriptions of the tooth, but the geological era and/or period are also important key factors in determining the specific species and age bracket. Some guides are written for specific search areas for just this reason. Pictured above are a couple of the guides I use to identify teeth in my collection.

When were these teeth deposited? How old are the teeth I find?

The easiest way to find out how old the teeth are is to look at the sediment layers where they were found. Above are the geological sediment maps of Florida. One is the whole state, and the second is of the northeast area where I focus my searching. A Google search for geological sediment map of your area will provide you with a map. Note: Sharks themselves are not very good indicators of age, because shark evolution as a whole is a slow process. Many of the species found in today's oceans have been around for millions of years. A better indicator, if geological maps are not available, are other fossils fond in the area such as invertebrates, reptiles, mammals, and birds. But that would require you to find the other fossils, do more research to determine the species as well as their geological age, and then compare the information to the shark fossil record for the area. Maps are WAY easier.

Why are there so many fossilized teeth?

The first reason there are so many fossilized teeth is that there are simply so many shark teeth, it’s bound to be one of the most common fossils. The reason for all those shark teeth is that sharks have multiple rows of teeth that are constantly being shed to maintain their razor sharp bite. EACH individual shark can shed more than 30,000 teeth in its lifetime. Multiply that 30,000+ teeth by every shark of every species that has ever lived over the past tens of millions of years, and you get a staggering amount of teeth that can be fossilized! Of course, not every tooth is lucky enough to fall to the seafloor and be swiftly buried in the sediment. Those teeth that are not lucky enough to be safely ensconced in the sediment will be broken down by either weathering/abrasion or decay from oxidation and bacteria. This leads to the second reason there are so many teeth. The teeth are made of dentin, which is harder and denser than bone. This allows more time for the teeth to be protected in the sediment before eroding away. Those teeth that were sheltered in the sediment slowly became fossilized over several thousand years. These are the teeth that are found along beaches, in muddy stream beds, and buried within sedimentary rock.

Why are these teeth black?

Since these teeth are fossilized, they no longer look like teeth freshly extracted from a living shark's mouth. The color of the fossilized teeth is dependent upon the minerals that were present when the tooth was lost. As the teeth would settle into the surrounding sediments and permineralization would occur. Water would seep through sediments picking up minerals before flowing over the teeth. Those minerals would then be deposited into the porous structure of the teeth, forming a fossil. Colors of teeth will vary based on the minerals deposited in the teeth and how they react with trace amounts of oxygen.

Why do we find mostly teeth and not much more of the shark?

Sharks are cartilaginous fish, meaning that most of their skeleton is cartilage rather than bone. Cartilage does not mineralize as well as bone and therefore breaks down faster than bone. This makes it much harder for cartilage to fossilize. For this reason, There are very few fossilized skeletons of sharks, but they do exist. The denser the cartilage was, the more likely it was to be fossilized. Examples of other shark fossils are the shark's vertebrae, jaws, dermal ossicles, fin spikes, rostal nodes, and even feces (or coprolites)! Later in this Instructable you will see what fossilized feces and vertebrae look like.

Where are fossils found?

Fossils can be found in sedimentary rocks or unconsolidated sediments, which are loose materials ranging from clay to sand to gravel. In Florida, many of these sediments have not been around nearly long enough to compress into solid (sedimentary) rock, so they are still loosely packed. Sea levels were much higher in the past and what is now Florida was once covered by sea water. Sharks inhabited those waters and subsequently deposited large amounts of teeth there. The teeth settled into the sea bottom, and the fossilization process started. Later, changes in climates caused the sea levels to fall, exposing the sea floor and creating what we now call Florida. The unconsolidated sediments that were originally deposited on the sea floor long ago may now be exposed. Within those exposed sediments or sedimentary rocks, lay the fossilized shark teeth found today. This sedimentary layer can easily be located on beaches in most of Florida. Also knowing where specific sediments are based on age will help pinpoint the areas to start exploring. The geological map of Florida is a great reference to locate this information.

Where can you find out more?

Please check out these very well written and informative webpages!


Step 2: Where to Go?

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First, I would like to say that shark teeth are not found exclusively at the beach. Since the ocean used to be further inland, you can also find larger, older teeth buried deep in the soil, especially along creek beds. In this Instructable I will be addressing how to find the teeth along beaches without tools or implements.

Beginners should start off at known beaches where shark teeth are commonly found. A quick Google search can help guide you to a beach where teeth are known to be found. This will help to motivate you because you will most likely find a few your first time out. Nothing is more discouraging than toiling away for zero results, not knowing if you just stink at finding them or if they simply are not there. Keep in mind that the more often you go, the better you will get, way better. You will also develop your own techniques as you discover what works best for you (covered in the next step). The first place we started to explore was Mickler Beach in Ponte Vedra, FL. This is a well known beach inhabited by a plethora of people hunched over with necks craning to find the tiny little buggers. We find lots of teeth there, but the teeth tend to be on the smaller side. It is still a great place to take the children because there are gentle waves and lots of open beach for them to run.

Once you train yourself to find shark teeth in known areas, it is time to find a less populated beaches. Try the same beach, but walk a mile or more away from the popular area to more virgin grounds. These areas are not as likely to be picked over, thus you are more likely to find more and/or larger teeth.

Be sure to keep track of where you are finding the teeth. What I mean by that is, are there features (man made or natural ) on the beach that cause the teeth to collect more in a particular area? I find that points (areas where the beach projects out into the water) are a great place to focus on. The hydraulic effects of the tides rising and falling tend to deposit teeth leading up to and away from the points. Also, I find that harder packed sand holds more than soft foot sinking sand. Note: Jetties (long rock walls that project out into the ocean, typically around the mouth of rivers) seem to inhibit my success so I shy away from them.

Along the beach, you will also see lines of sediment. These lines are usually full of broken shells, jellyfish, drift wood and trash. There are reasons why it's there, which I address in a later step. If shells and other debris are there, then shark's teeth will surely be there too. In fact, the easiest place to find teeth for me is to look where you see lines of sediment. These sediment lines run parallel to the water and are generally a different color(red in NE Florida). You may also see lines that are perpendicular to the water, these typically form where there are high and low spots along the beach. These perpendicular lines tend to hold teeth at the top or bottom.

In the northeast area of Florida, you typically find three distinct parallel sediment lines. One is visible at low tide, one halfway up the beach, and the third one high up near the shore. I tend to find shark teeth in each distinct line, but each line tends to hold different sized teeth. From my observations, the low line, which is exposed at a negative tide, tends to hold smaller teeth. The middle lines tend to hold small to medium sized teeth, and the top seems to hold larger teeth. Now, I am not saying that this is true all of the time, but it is a good guide. For example, my wife has found some of her largest teeth at the waters edge as the waves recede and my largest was found high up the beach. Also, teeth are not only found in the lines of sediment. They are also found sporadically spaced out between the lines. The lines are simply a good place to start your search. I will show examples of lines throughout the many pictures in this Instructable (check the notes in the pictures).

If you do not see distinct lines and debris is everywhere , start by looking at the waters edge. These types of beaches are very hard to scour, and I typically only find teeth around the edge. In the many pictures throughout this Instructable, there are distinct red sediment lines that can be seen. Again in Northeastern Florida, red sediment lines equals shark teeth.

Step 3: When to Go?

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The best time to go is all relative. There are three main things to look at when determining when to go. First and foremost, look at recent weather conditions, then look at tides and lastly time of day. Now for some further explanations.


It is definitely a good idea to go after a large rain storm since the turbulent winds and waters helps to stir up the sand and debris on the beach, exposing more virgin grounds. Another good time to go is when there are large offshore storms like a hurricane, but there are some definite safety issues with that. Be careful getting in the waters after storms or when storms are offshore, as rip currents may be more extreme. It is always a good practice to check posted beach conditions or to ask a lifeguard if the beach has one. Sweet Trick: Go when the surfers are out, they have a special sense for knowing when the swell is up!


Now, I find teeth at nearly every tide level, but some are easier than others. I have friends who swear by a falling tide. They say that when the tide is falling you do not have to fight with the waves as much. The idea behind that is as the tide falls the waves wont reach as high after each progressive set and "new grounds" will be exposed. I again go when I can, I do like to go more towards a low tide because more beach is exposed, therefore more teeth will be exposed. Tide times will vary from day to day, so it is a good idea to look at a tide chart for the beach you plan to search. Pictured above is an example of a tide chart, for a specific day. This data can come from a tide book, phone app or a simple internet search. The tides are always a prediction because there are many factors that can change the times, this includes but is not limited to, moon phase, wind direction and offshore storm activity.

Time of Day:

A good time to go is before anyone else may have been there, such as early in the morning (the early bird gets the worm mentality) since the waves have had all night to expose more teeth. Another thing to take into consideration is the position and intensity of the sun and how that might also affect your ability to find the teeth. I do better when the sun is directly overhead or at my back. Now when I say at my back that is all relative to the direction I am facing. The beaches I primarily visit run North or South and I walk North or South, so the majority of the time the sun will be on my sides depending on the time of day (rise in the East set in the West). But on the river, the islands that I visit typically have beaches that run East or West so depending on the time of day I like to keep the sun at my back (in the a.m. I walk to the West and in the p.m. I walk to the East) so that I do not strain my eyes as it rises or sets. Again, this is just more for comfort that anything, and remember it is always a good idea to wear a hat and sunglasses (polarized are best in a water environment) to protect your eyes from the sun's rays. Polarized lenses reduce glare by filtering out the reflected sunlight that bounces off surfaces like water or wet sand.

Note: If you go out when the sun is the most intense cover up or use sunscreen.

Step 4: What to Look for in the Sand?

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When looking for shark teeth, it is easiest to start by training your eyes to find the color black or triangular objects in a sea of broken shells. Shark teeth do come in a range of color, but black is the most common and easiest to spot. You may also find teeth from other species such as rays, porpoises, and whales. Teeth are not the only remnants that are found fossilized in the black coloration. We have found numerous vertebrae mixed among the scattered teeth and debris. As for shape, most shark teeth are triangular, unless broken, and thus a good way to find them. Make sure that you do not confuse a triangular piece of worn black shell with a shark's tooth. A good way to know if you have a tooth is that the crown of the tooth is a smooth and shiny and often reflects the sunlight. You should also see the root of the tooth and on some teeth you may see a serrated edge.

There are a lot of lookalikes so I have developed a sort of mental filter when I search. I first look for color, and since black is the most common, I focus on all the shiny black objects in my view. Next, I take all the black objects and mentally sort them by shape keying in on the triangular ones. Then I will physically bend down for a closer look to see if there is a root system or serrations. If this all checks out, I will pick it up. When you first go out, you will find yourself picking up tons of lookalikes. Don't be discouraged, you will eventually develop your own technique and you will be able to distinguish a fake from a real tooth from greater distances. My three year old son loves to bring me triangular shells; he is still working on fine tuning his technique :)

Step 5: Can You Find the Tooth?

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Here are a few examples of teeth hidden or standing out among the clutter. Some are definitely easier to find than others. Hopefully this will help you train your eyes to learn what to look for among the sand and shells. It is easy to tell what a tooth is when you are holding a perfect specimen in your hands. But when you are towering well above the sand looking down, it is much harder to determine if that black spot is a broken shell, a tooth, or some other less common fossil. Also, not all teeth will be laying flat, broadside. Sometimes you will only see a point, or they will be standing straight up out of the sand. It's like a game of where's Waldo.

Step 6: Collecting and Identifying

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By now, you should have a basic understanding of how to find shark teeth, so it's time to get out there and start collecting!

My wife and I have given ourselves a goal of filling a mason jar with teeth before our next move. We also use a few guides that we have found online to identify the teeth we find. I have some favorite's but there are a few species that we are still trying to find.

Step 7: More Advanced Searching and Exploring

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Once you have collecting on beaches down and you boast a good understanding of what to look for, try searching islands! I already hit the water each week to go fishing. So now if I come across an island with a beach, I am compelled to stop and take a look! I explore islands along the St. John's River and other waterways. Many of the islands around here were brought about from dredging, meaning the sediment is dug up from the bottom of the river bed and in some cases turned into a spoils island. These islands are usually riddled with all sorts of prehistoric material. I often find ancient shells, vertebra of sharks and teeth as well as other fossilized bone that I am still trying to identify. I will go over other odds and ins we have found in my last step.

When exploring islands, be mindful of off limit areas where dredging is ongoing (typically it will be posted). Also, here in Florida, be aware of animals that may call the islands home, including wild pigs, horses(Cumberland Island), gators and rattlesnakes (Surprisingly true, some of these islands are covered with rattlesnakes). Not trying to scare anyone but remember not to focus too much on teeth and keep your situational awareness up. Just give them space and never provoke or handle them. I have not encountered any pigmy rattlesnakes in my adventures just red rat snakes and one little gator :)

Here is an excerpt from local website about rattle snakes on the Islands. WOW!

"Tiger Island is known to the locals as Snake Island, and for good reason. Snake Island is reported to have the highest density of rattlesnakes on the entire eastern seaboard. That’s a lot of snakes, folks. Why are they so populous here? Well, that story goes back a ways; back to the Okefenokee in fact. When big storms (such as hurricanes or continuous summer rainstorms) come through our area and the Okefenokee Swamp floods, many of its contents flow right out of the swamp and down the St. Mary’s river. These “contents” can include anything from grass, logs, gators, hogs, and of course, snakes. By the time they reach the inlet to our north where the St. Mary’s meets the sea, the snakes can sense the salinity content in the water rising and start looking for land. At that point they have three options: Cumberland Island, Amelia Island, or Snake Island."

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The last few images in this step are just used for reference to show where know snake infested islands are and what pigmy rattlesnakes look like.

Step 8: Other Interesting Finds

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The beaches and spoils islands that we visit in search of shark teeth are also home to many other interesting and exciting specimens. My son loves to find crabs, sea stars and aquatic animals that are found in the tide pools of water around the beach. He also loves, I mean LOVES to chase after the Sea Gulls. They are a free entertainment source for hours. Haha! Aside from the animals, we also find many interesting shells and bone fossils, including fossilized poop!

Step 9: Keep Our Water Clean!

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An important message that I try and pass on to my kids is to always clean up after yourself and to properly throw away trash and recycle recyclables. On the beaches we go to we typically do not encounter much trash, and if we do I often carry a bag to throw away any that I find. The most common are plastic bags, wrappers, bottles and occasionally fishing line or netting. Note: I am an avid fisherman and it bugs me to see fishing line on the beach, in Florida at most ramps and areas where fishing is common there are bins specifically for the proper disposal and recycling of fishing line. Unfortunately, when I move my searching to spoils islands along the St. John's River I find quite a bit of trash and debris that has washed down the river. I often find more than I can carry on my kayak so I just take as much as I can each time I hit an island. I also find some usable stuff from time to time. Above is an image of some recent items I found and now use.

So if you do try or take up this addicting fun hobby, please take some time to help keep our beaches and waterways safe and clean!

Step 10: The Goal!

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The main goal is to have fun without spending lots of money. Finding shark teeth is a great way of getting the kids out of the house and exploring what our beaches and waterways have to offer. This great experience teaches them firsthand about the ancient and modern day world around them. For me, learning to find shark teeth has been an amazing way to spend time with the family outside. My son asks to go shark teeth hunting almost every weekend and my wife and I have no problem with that, because we enjoy it too. My daughter loves to get in her pack and go for a ride while my son loves the explore the beach and chase Sea Gulls. It is hard to express just how much fun we have a the beach even in the winter months!

Thanks for viewing, and I hope you may have learned something new about how to locate and find shark teeth. Good luck on your hunt!


chellehatt (author)2017-09-04

I went to the Pensacola area this summer and found what I think is a shark tooth, I have looked at tons of pictures and collections and I just can't decide what species it could be. Help it's making me crazy!!!!??? Lol
It is turning grayish and I can see some blackening from the inside now. I found it in July at the Santa Rosa beach near Emerald waters . The only thing I could find exactly like it was in this ring and of course it didn't say anything about it?!

mjtc98 (author)chellehatt2017-10-19

What you have is one of the "doves" from inside a sand dollar. Not a sharks tooth, but still very cool and interesting.

Google "sand dollar doves" and you'll find many explanations, but here is a photo of the shell this came from:

johnfixesstuff (author)2016-07-02

You can find shark teeth in Kansas too, here's my collection:

to'bryant (author)johnfixesstuff2016-08-25

that is awesome, I just moved to Mississippi and I am going to try and find some here.

29Dryden29 (author)2016-08-25

I take my kids to Disney every year and will be back down in May. When we do we always make a day to hear out to Cocoa Beach and Merit Island wildlife refuge near Titusville. So where would be the best spot in that area to look for shark teeth. I think they would love to go searching for them, We usually wander the beach for an hour or so and collect some shells and sand for our keepsake jars we make from each trip it would be great to ass some shark teeth to them.

IVYRAYNA (author)2016-07-24

We are on Ormand Beach Florida for the week and although i have found 100s of shark teeth on the gulf Coast, i have no idea WHERE to begin looking on the east coast. Any suggestions? ?

TheOrchidGirl made it! (author)2016-07-05

Here's my collection!

to'bryant (author)TheOrchidGirl2016-07-05

Fantastic, love seeing those black teeth?

DerekO3 (author)2016-07-01

Great Job, I want to go to beach now. A great spot for teeth are south of Sarasota.

Dandeman321 (author)2016-06-30

Very informative. A few years back I found a huge mako tooth. About 2 inches long.

to'bryant (author)2015-02-22

We went out again today, first time in two weeks! We all got a nasty virus :( but we found 22 teeth in about 45 minutes. We also found some ray teeth, vertebra and some other fossils yet to be identified. What a great day!

grace6 (author)to'bryant2016-06-27

What beach did you go to?

RayD33 (author)2016-04-24

You did a very good job. I enjoyed reading what a fellow sharktooth hunter shares on finding shark teeth

mannadixon (author)2016-03-12

Excellent post!! Putting this on my to do list!!

T0BY (author)2015-12-06

Great Instructable! Well researched.

kooth (author)2015-08-10

Great post! This sounds like lots of fun! Thanks for posting!

to'bryant (author)2015-04-06

I first time find for a buddy of mine and his son, win!

CaptainCassie (author)2015-02-23

This is an awesome guide. Great job! I lived in Beaufort, SC for a while, and used to look for shark's teeth almost daily! I've never identified any though, and I've got containers full! I'll have to pull them back out and try to ID them.

to'bryant (author)CaptainCassie2015-02-24

Thanks, and that is awesome about your collection. Do you have any big Megalodon teeth? South Carolina is a great place to find the big ones. I am trying to get up there this Spring to hunt for them.

SaltyDingus06 made it! (author)2015-02-22

Thanks for the tips T'obryant! I've been out a few times now in Jax and this is my collection.

to'bryant (author)SaltyDingus062015-02-23

Looks good! I need to get you out to a spoils Island.

RingoWild (author)2015-02-18

WOW! What great info! I always walk along the beach at sunrise to find the best selection of shells, but I had never thought to look for shark teeth! Now I will! I don't get to the beach as much as I'd like, but the last several times I've been I haven't seen as many shells as your pictures show. Did i miss where you mentioned at which beach you took these pics? I'm talking about the majority of photos, not the shots at inlets. I've spent a lot of time at Cocoa, Daytona and New Smyrna beaches -- i don't think they had nearly the volume of shells in recent years. Anyway, you have a lucky family to have a husband/dad to enjoy life so much. Thanks again!

to'bryant (author)RingoWild2015-02-18

My wife actually went to Coco Beach last week but it was pretty cold. She looked for about 20 mins and did not find any shark teeth, but she did find a fossilized crab claw. The majority or beaches we go to are from Cumberland Island and as far South as St. Augustine. Ponte Vedra is the best area to start looking for beginners. I personally have not been down to Daytona Beach yet, but the sediment charts show it is the same soil type as up around Jacksonville. I have a fishing tournament down in Titusville at the end of March and I will try to make a trip to the beach to look for teeth, I will let you know if I find any.

RingoWild (author)to'bryant2015-02-22

Thank you for getting back to me! What is it about Cocoa Beach that makes it less favorable to look for sharks' teeth? I know you posted geographical maps, but I'm not sure i saw specifics about wave patterns or whatever. It's not a big deal, but i would like to look for shark teeth next time i go to the beach. I will look at Ponte Vedra to see if it's anywhere close to where we might go. ... So a big part of this is studying the sediment charts? Interesting. Thanks again for your reply! -- Lori

gravityisweak (author)2015-02-20

I have heard that there is a spot in the Carolinas where you can scuba dive and find Megalodon teeth in very specific locations.

to'bryant (author)gravityisweak2015-02-20

Yes, there are some creeks and rivers that you can scuba or snorkel to get them. Try a youtube search for finding shark teeth. There is a guy in South Carolina who has quite a few post about how he finds them and where.

spark master (author)2015-02-18

Is there a spot here on Long Island where we can find them as well as other fossils?I want to combine a few with other stuff t make a few ornaments (perhaps). An help appreciated. Thanks

to'bryant (author)spark master2015-02-18

Check out this page. Looks like New Jersey has some.

spark master (author)to'bryant2015-02-19

THANKS !! Perhaps this summer or early spring , (eventually).

again , thanks

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profeponcho (author)2015-02-17

Awesome BEAUTIFUL great work! =D
As a Science teacher I have to give you an A+ and a free homework coupon =D
Bravo! =)

whaa123123 (author)profeponcho2015-02-18

Can you be my teacher???

to'bryant (author)profeponcho2015-02-18

Sweet, homework coupon! Thank you for the kind words.

gjara oliveri (author)2015-02-17

This is a great instructable. Does any one have any idea if it is possible to find any of these in Melbourne (Australia)? I've been googling for a while but haven't found any mention about anyone finding anything around here. There have to be some somewhere, I mean, i see news about shark spotings around the shores very often, so for sure there have to be millions of teeth lying around.

to'bryant (author)gjara oliveri2015-02-18

Not too sure, but I would think that you should be able to find some. Try looking up sediment layers in your area and what period they correspond with. If you know the sediment layers you are working with then you should be able to match that up with hot spots for fossils. Also I tend to find more teeth where the beaches gradually go out into the sea. Areas where there are steep drop-offs are harder to search. Also what are your tide conditions like, are they minimal or are they extreme? A slow sloping beach with a noticeable tide change gives you more of an area to search. Start off looking in the sediment lines. Hope this helps.

previanate made it! (author)2015-02-18

This is great! My wife's family goes to Edisto Island, SC ... There are TONS of sharks teeth there. I've thought about ID'ing them, but never have looked up how. Now I'm inspired! Too bad we don't go back until July.

to'bryant (author)previanate2015-02-18

Thanks, also an impressive display of teeth! The guides I have posted in this Instructable should help you identify most all of your teeth. Your teeth look exactly like the ones we find down here in Florida.

NotAPot2PN (author)2015-02-17

This is the best Instructable I've seen. Congratulations.

to'bryant (author)NotAPot2PN2015-02-18

Thank you for the kind words, My wife and I worked a lot on this trying to make it as informative as possible. Some of our friends here in Jacksonville are now using this a guide. Makes me happy to share this with other people, especially kids!

arlettuce (author)2015-02-17

There are many, many shark and ray teeth in New Mexico! Shark Tooth Ridge n the Ojito Wilderness used to be under water, of course, but today it is a fine place to find the fossil teeth.

to'bryant (author)arlettuce2015-02-18

I wish I had more time out in the west to look for fossils, My wife and I were successful in Monterey California finding fossils of a few crustaceans after breaking up limestone pieces.

ned103 (author)2015-02-17

Surprisingly, I've found that the best way to find sharks teeth is to not look for the actual tooth. I learned that a long time ago when I read an article about finding Civil War musket balls. They said to not look for the actual ball, but rather simply scan the ground and you will see what is out of place. With that thought in mind. When I go to the beach to look for dark gray spots, since most shells are white or of some color, and the teeth seem to stand out.

to'bryant (author)ned1032015-02-18

You are correct, it is often a good practice to look for what is out of place. Funny story my father and I use to play a game where we would look for hawks while driving. We would keep score, normal sized hawks would be worth 1Pt and smaller sized like a Sparrow Hawk would be worth .5Pts. Anyway I would focus on power lines, fence rows, tree lines etc looking for things that look our of place, colors, bumps etc. Long story short, looking for things that seem out of place is a great technique to use!

bbrandt9 (author)2015-02-17

Really cool on finding fossils.

to'bryant (author)bbrandt92015-02-18

Yes it is, may family and I are addicted to it now :)

e-beth (author)2015-02-17

Lucky you to be able to go to the beach so often! We are able to go about twice a year out to the coast of NC. I have found a few.shark teeth, bought a megalodon that was found in the area, and have collected a lot of shells, sea glass, and some human artifacts. My prize would be a dolphin vertebra. Any pointers for those?

to'bryant (author) e-beth2015-02-18

Thanks, check out these sites about some inshore areas around NC:

I have seen that there are creeks and rives around NC that are know to hold some really rare teeth. A place I really want to go to is South Carolina, there are tons of freshwater runoffs, creeks and rivers that hold Megaladon teeth. I have not really found any dolphin vertebra that I am aware of but if I do I will let you know.

Azze01 (author)2015-02-17

Thanks for this great Ible. It's on occasions like this when I become willing to trade the option to ride my snowboard within one hour for the option to wet my feet with salt water any day.

to'bryant (author)Azze012015-02-18

Thanks, and I do miss the snow from time to time, but then I remember back to an early Spring expedition up Mt.Whitney were we were one of the first teams to summit after a snow storm. It was a cold and exhausting trip, 22 miles of fun in 18 hrs! Boy how I do love the beach :)

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