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Where do you find shark teeth?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Ever since my youngest son found a shark tooth in ankle deep water in Sea Isle city in 1999 I've been obsessed with trying to find one myself. No luck. I remember asking this before and Dubs stating he found a few. Anyone else? If so where, how, when? I remember reading a link once where there is a place, I think in Delaware or Maryland where you can find those big prehistoric type shark teeth. The ones that are the size of a fist. I've seen them for sale in gift shops when I was in Fla. for like a hundred bucks! Anyone ever find one of those or know where to hunt? I'll try and research wher I read this.
post #2 of 24
There's some beaches on the western shore of the Chesapeake, near Calvert Cliffs, which have been shark tooth hunter heaven for years. You could gather a cupful on a good day and they were easy to spot, once you got the hang of it. Right in the wash, being relatively light, they'd always be the last thing to settle as a wave retreated and it was that little bit of movement always gave 'em away.
post #3 of 24
Bob,your thinking of Flag Ponds beach in Maryland.Its just north of Calvert Cliffs.I have been there many times and always find teeth but never the large ones like you want.Calvert Cliffs are full of teeth and alligator teeth as well.Most of the large teeth are found by collectors who scour the area after storms.
post #4 of 24
Bob...one of the Docs at school went diving in a river in North Carolina (I think) a few miles from the coast. He went a few weeks ago. Anyways, he found a bunch of prehistoric sharks teeth and a HUGE prehistoric sloth's claw. He found all this stuff in less than an hour.

I forgot the name of the river...I'll ask him tommorrow and let you know.
post #5 of 24
The banks of the Shark River in NJ. Hence the name. I have collected hundreds over the years.

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post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Man you guys are quick!! I'm gonna do a shark tooth trip one day this summer!
post #7 of 24
I have made a few dives down south for just that- a tooth from a megalodon shark. The best place then was the Cooper river in South Carolina, it seems that the hard clay substrate located in the 15-30 foot depths were to be where the bulk of these LARGE teeth are found, unfortunately I never recovered one of my own, but a buddy got two and shared one with me from the same dive.

ML

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post #8 of 24
Yea shark river hence the name.
There is a place called shark river park. There is a small stream going throught the place that is a part of the shark river. As a kid I remember going there with shovels and screens finding fossilized shark teeth.
post #9 of 24
A couple of years back, my wife and I vacationed on Amelia Island, Florida, just below the Georgia line. It seemed everyone that walked that beach was a sharks tooth collector, all walking with their eyes on the wash. The prehistoric teeth were always shiney black and after a while I became pretty good at spotting them. I never found a large one..........I've heard that the most avid collectors in the calvert cliffs area wade out and use a strainer to collect.
post #10 of 24
Bob:
Look in a shark's mouth...... That is probably a good place to start. Better than its anus, anyway.
post #11 of 24
I grew up in Cherry Hill NJ (~70miles from the coast) with a creek behind my house that had rock beds at just about every bend. One day, just by chance, I saw what appeared to be a tooth in one of these rock beds......it was a sharks tooth. For the next several years I would find many. No huge ones, the biggest about 1.5", but they were from 3 or 4 different species of shark. Took them to the Smithsonian where they dated them at 2-3 million years. They are dark grey and petrified beyond any drill bit I could find. 25 years later I still have them and a few arrow heads (about 500 yrs old) found in the same spots.

A few years ago I was working at a clay mine in Macon Ga. (~170 miles from the coast) and they're small, white sharks teeth all over the place.
post #12 of 24
Ben,

I recently read a story about Shark River. It was NOT originally called "shark" river. I'll be damned if I can remember WHAT it was called but it was named after deserters from the Revolutionary War (I'll do research and get back to you) and the name was NOT meant in a nice way.
It was later changed to Shark River for P.C. reasons (b4 PC was the rule of the day).
post #13 of 24
Ask Tim. Last time I fished with him he had a pocket full of them.
post #14 of 24
I'm with Ben. When I was a kid we used to go to "Shark River Park" and sift them out of the Creek on weekends. Don't know if you still can but its worth checking out. We got a bunch and I still have them tucked away. As TF3 said, they are all petrified and millions of years old.

As I recall SeasonIvy is right. The name was originally "Sherk" meaning to sherk ones duties, likely from the original deserters who settled there.

Go get some teeth, and watch them arrow heads though. In some places its considered pallaging artifacts.( cough, cough )

JJ
post #15 of 24
Finding the huge ones is probably like catching a 50# rockfish. You have to put your time in, try different places and be lucky. If they were easy to find they wouldn't be getting $100.00 or more for them in the stores. I saw them for $200-$300 at OC MD a couple of weeks ago. Found lots of small ones when I was a kid but nothing bigger than an inch.
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