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Shark teeth in Florida? On the beach? Absolutely IF you know where to look.
UPDATED October 2023. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax on the sand or hoping to find some prehistoric treasures, below are the best beaches in Florida to find sharks teeth.
Florida has no shortage of great beaches. It also has great opportunities for beach combing including shells, sand dollars and sharks teeth.
Over their lifetime, sharks produce more than 25,000 teeth. Many of these teeth wash on shore.
Shark teeth are one of the most commonly found fossils on beaches around the world. They are usually about an inch long but can vary in size depending on the shark that produced them.
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During a shark frenzy when sharks are fighting for prey or food, they can lose their teeth. Be careful as these shark teeth are very sharp and pointy. They can be white, gray, or black.
How do you identify shark teeth? Shark teeth fossilize through a process called permineralization.
What happens is water flows over the teeth, and a fossil layer is formed as the layer of water deposits minerals into the pore spaces of the shark tooth.
Shark teeth can be identified by their triangular shape and serrated edges. The easiest way to spot shark teeth on a beach is to look for small black dots in the sand.
These dots are usually evidence of shark tooth fragments that have been broken off and washed ashore. A single shark can lose dozens of teeth every month.
Even better? Find a prehistoric shark tooth like a Megalodon tooth. Megalodon teeth are most often found on the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Sharks have roamed our world’s oceans since before humans existed. Finding shark’s teeth adds a rare touch of ancient history to any beach vacation day.
Make sure to take lots of photos, so you can always remember that amazing experience. One of these fossil shark teeth was found at Mickler’s Landing in Jacksonville in recent years.
Grab your Florida snow shovel and let’s go. Here are just a few of the best beaches in Florida for shark tooth hunting starting with the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Where To Find Shark Teeth On The Florida Gulf Coast
Shark Teeth On Venice Beach Florida
California isn’t the only state with Venice Beach. We have one right here in Florida, and it’s one of the best places to find shark teeth.
It is not only the shark’s tooth capital of the Sunshine State, but it is also the shark tooth capital of the world.
Definitely the best beach in Florida to search as well as the following nearby beaches.
Caspersen Beach located on the south end of Venice Beach and which is a bit south of Siesta Key is where you should begin your search. The best time to look for sharks teeth is at low tide in calm waters so check the tide charts before hitting the beach.
South of the Venice Beach jetty you will find Casey Key, Manasota Key, Venice Island and the Venice Fishing Pier at Brohard Park. These locations are right in the middle of shark’s tooth country and a great place to begin your search.
Another location in this area to search? Nokomis Beach. Lots of shark teeth!
Keep walking south on the beach and use the “Venice” Snow Shovel basket. Folks have found 2 to 5 shark teeth in an hour of searching on this beach.
Not sure when to visit Venice area? How about during the Shark’s Tooth Festival?
This fun festival is usually held in March. Be sure to check in with the Visitor Welcome Center, but it is showing on the event calendar for April 13th and 14th, 2024.
And if you think all the shark teeth have already been found, think again. There are plenty of shark teeth on the beach for you to search.
These beaches are located in Sarasota County and offer free parking.
Anna Maria Island Sharks’ Teeth Search
Also on the Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island is an excellent place to search for shark teeth in Florida. Warm waters and patience when searching will go a long way for shark tooth hunters.
Many types of sharks call this area home including great white sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, lemon sharks, and hammerhead sharks. Beautiful white-sand beaches make it easier to spot the shiny black shark teeth.
If you do not find one shark tooth on the beach, there are local shops that do offer shark teeth found at the beach for sale. But don’t give up too easily! This fun activity is what family vacations are made of!
Stump Pass Beach State Park
Before we leave the Gulf Coast, I want to mention Stump Pass Beach State Park. This beautiful Florida park is located in Charlotte County.
It offers a mile of beach where you will find the prettiest seashells and a good chance of finding a lot of shark teeth.
This state park is located between Manasota Key and Englewood, Florid. Many visitors come here not only for the gorgeous sunsets and white sand beaches, but also because of the strong currents that bring plenty of treasure.
Sharks teeth can be found scattered across the beach in various shapes and sizes. Definitely worth the visit!
East Coast of Florida Shark Tooth Hunting Spots
Daytona Beach Shark Teeth Hunt
Daytona Beach is a must-visit destination for people who want to search sharks teeth in Florida This beach provides the ultimate scavenger hunt with miles of sandy beaches.
With so many shells washing up on shore each day, Daytona Beach is known as the go-to spot for those passionate about shark tooth hunting!
Visitors from all over the world, come not only for the breathtaking beach views but to find that rare fossilized treasure.
Enjoy the pristine beauty of Daytona Beach while you go in search of shark teeth or even sea glass on this beach.
St. Augustine Beach.
St. Augustine Beach is known for its coquina rocks which put it on the top of the list of best place to find shark’s teeth!
For those looking for an exciting beach activity that combines learning, hunting, and a bit of luck all in one package, look no further than St. Augustine Beach.
Spend the day searching the shoreline while keeping an eye out on the rocks near the water line. You may be surprised at what you find!
Ponte Vedra Beach
Moving up the Florida Peninsula on the East Coast side brings us to beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach. This is truly one of the most beautiful beaches you will visit in Florida.
Near Jacksonville and Mickler’s Beach, you have an outstanding chance of finding sharks teeth here. You also have a great chance of finding prehistoric shark teeth in this area as well.
There are plenty of beach access points right off A1A to this beautiful Florida beach.
Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Fort Clinch State Park
The beaches on the northern side of Amelia Island is where you will want to begin your search. Fernandina Beach is beautiful, and Fort Clinch is one of my favorite places to camp on the beach.
It is also very well-known and an ideal place to search for shark teeth. If finding shark teeth is at the top of your list, you will want to hit the beach after a big storm or during hurricane season.
That is when the shark teeth that are on the ocean floor in deeper water are pushed to the sand.
As the waves wash away some of the sand back into the ocean, you will find it a great time to find shark teeth. Depending on the time of year, these beaches are often uncrowded with less people which makes it easier to search along the water’s edge.
Jupiter Beach in Palm Beach County is a great place for a shark tooth hunt. The warm, shallow waters of this coastal area, as well as this area, being part of a shark migration route, make it easy to find various shark species’ teeth
Moving inland for where to find sharks teeth in Florida, we finish with the Peace River. If you have been interested in finding shark teeth, including those from prehistoric sharks, you have probably heard of the Peace River.
This river is on my list to kayak soon. I have read reports of folks kayaking or canoeing down the river and finding literally thousands of shark teeth.
The best time to head to the Peace River? During winter months when the water levels are lower. In Florida, if you are searching for prehistoric teeth or fossils, you will need a permit.
As well as shark teeth, you may find fossil teeth of land animals that lived during that same time. These animals include Mammoths, Dire Wolves, Glyptodonts, Horses, and Giant Ground Sloths
The best way to search the Peace River is to hop in a canoe and go. Make sure you have a shark tooth sifter in your canoe or kayak.
A good plan is to search through small pebbles in calm water. Be sure to carry the following equipment when on the Peace River and above beaches to make it easier to collect your shark teeth.
National Geographic has an awesome shark tooth-hunting kit that kids can use to practice sifting for teeth before the adventure. You can check that out here: National Geographic Shark Tooth Hunting Kit
Florida Snow Shovel. Don’t think of an actual snow shovel. This is more like a basket on the end of a pole that allows you to sift through the sand.
There are some high-priced sifters on the market but that does not make them any better or worse than the cheaper models. The original shark tooth sifter, that you can purchase at their store in Venice Beach.
Water shoes. You will be getting in and off your vessel if you are on the Peace River.
Container. Have to somewhere to put all your teeth!
What are you waiting for? Pack your sunscreen, flip-flops, and sunglasses, and head on down to one of Florida’s beautiful beaches.
Bring lunch as many beaches have picnic areas near the parking lot for you to relax. And don’t forget the best part and keep an eye out for sharks teeth! If you find any, be sure to let me know where you found them.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for sharks teeth! If you find any, be sure to let me know where you found them.
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