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We grabbed 4,5 reference pamphlets/small books on identifying the various shark teeth- all the various "souvenier" shops in the area had them along with shark teeth jewelry, mugs, plates- about any thing touristy you could think of- along with cardboard collections with named, pasted on shark teeth. We saw various Meg books, think we only bought id reference materials. Neither of us do much with vertebrates (well, Annea does mess with conodonts) so usually what we get ends up packed away to play with in spare moments. Odds and ends of teeth: shark, mammoth, mastodon and other Pleistocene, various turtle plates, chunks of various bone bed matrix- rare we even work in strata that verts are even very rare finds. Eventually we plan on getting out west and grab a sampling of Mesozoic reptile bits to fill in gaps in the family collections.
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  (Before we joined on the 7th the rest of the team of seniors and graduate students in the Virgin Islands for the yearly 2 week university summer field trip, I wanted to show Annea over a week some of my old haunts on the Florida West coast during my marine studies in 85-99.)
Trip 1, (6 hours)- "Shark Tooth Capital of the World": Caspersen Beach, Venice, Florida USA 7/1/14 (Miocene, Bone Valley formation).
  Venice/Caspersen Beach is about 2/3 way down the West Florida coast, various species of fossil small reef sharks are found along this shoreline due to an ancient Miocene reef that lies ƒâ€š‚½ to 1 mile off the coastline and as the soft rock of the reef erodes, the teeth are freed to wash up on the beaches. Divers in deeper water collect buckets of teeth, but it has become harder for beach combers and waders to collect since in 1996 whenVenice began restoring eroding beaches with sand pumped in from miles away to add 200 feet of sand where there was none before, so the original offshore beach sediments are now covered by 15 to 20 feet of dredged sand.
  I had read it was a lot harder to find the teeth now and it was, it took us about 6 hours of waist deep wading with a scoop and screen washing bottom sediment to collect what I used to collect in the late 80ƒ¢¢â€š¬¢â€ž¢s in an hour.


There are a wide variety of species of fossil shark teeth, a few I spot identified as: Sandtiger Shark Carcharias reticulata, C. cuspidata; White Shark Carcharodon carcharias; Tiger Shark Galeocerdo contortus, & G. cuvier ;Dusky Shark Carcharhinus obscurus; Bull Shark Carcharhinus leucas; Oceanic Whitetip Shark Carcharhinus longmanus; Lemon Shark Negaprion brevirostris


The big prize at Capersen are the much rarer teeth of Carcharodon megalodon, a 15 metres (fifty-two feet) long ancestor of the great white shark. Teeth can reach 7 inches in size.


   We had a nice 6 hours in the surf, sun and sand, Annea enjoyed collecting something besides her usual microfossil goop, especially since about 45 minutes into the hunt she found the first megalodon and spent the rest of the day reminding me that "mine is bigger than yours". We also ended up with a 10 gallon bucket of various modern seashells in excellent condition, four baggies stuffed with small fossil reef shark teeth, two megalodon partials 50%-75% complete, and we each found a perfect specimen, although (sigh) hers really was bigger than mine. Everything was packed and mailed home for eventual sorting and identification this fall & winter.
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3) one of 4 baggies of Miocene small reef shark teeth 7-1-14

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Rick

(more photos to come: keep getting upload errors from other side of the Atlantic pond).
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4) Annea's 5.5 inch Megalodon  tooth 7-1-14

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7) Rick's Megalodon tooth,  3.5 inches 7-1-14

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10) beyond surf line where we were collecting shark's teeth we filled a 10 gal. bucket of modern small shells 1- 3 inches for the twins & garden pool 7-1-14

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Rick

Anyone having trouble viewing the photos? I was notified by a member they can't see them.
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Doggerfan
Rick wrote:

Anyone having trouble viewing the photos? I was notified by a member they can't see them.


yup. Here too.
Best wishes from the Lake of Constance. Roger.
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Welshy
Awesome megalodon teeth.Can't decide which I prefer, they're both stunning :)
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Doggerfan
Good to see the pics now. Thanks for sharing. Very nice finds. Wish we had spots like that over here in Germany. The biggest teeth I've found so far are 15mm. long Carcharias teeth and they're few and far between.
Best wishes from the Lake of Constance. Roger.
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Rick

  When I was living and studying down here I read an article of why this was one of those rare hotspots. It had to due with the Miocene reef offshore that continued to have strong currents from both north and south along the coast and it pretty much became the "elephant graveyard" for shark teeth for a couple of hundred million years, can even find Caribbean area Miocene species teeth. Entire west coast of Florida occasional teeth are found, but this is the prime location.
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Rick

Lol, also one of the biggest tourist traps in Florida with prices running 25% higher at hotels and restaurants since every visitor to Florida visits Venice at some point to grab some teeth o take back home.
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sd41
Holy Moly.... LOVE the Megs. Nice finds! And yes, I am seriously jealous!!!! And yes I do have one, but it was purchased online............... I want to find one!!!!!
Just curious... Have you read the books: Meg, or, The Trench, by Steve Alten? Fun, adventurous reading if your a Meg fan.
Sd41
Fossil hunting...What a rush! :)
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