paleontology
fossil shark teeth collection

Like so many people both before me and after me, I found my first vertebrate fossils sifting the sands of Venice Beach, Florida. Shark teeth have been my favorite find ever since. Love that dentition.

Photo: Scott S.

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11 Responses to “The Shark Teeth of Venice”

  1. Dusty says:

    I love collecting shark teeth in Venice Beach and seeing this reminds me how much I miss being there. Good picture and good luck with this site.

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  2. Karenne says:

    Sifting sands at other beaches up the Atlantic coast is fun, too! I recommend South Carolina beaches – especially Myrtle Beach and north. I’ve been told – though the report is unconfirmed – that shark teeth at Venice Beach are becoming scarce.

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  3. Scott says:

    I remember a lot of fossil oysters on Myrtle Beach, but I did not have a sifter. You will need to share some pictures. I’ve heard that the teeth at Venice are scarcer now too. It all depends on how the offshore deposit is being stirred up. I assume it fluctuates over the years. The right hurricane could either cover or expose more. Anyone been to Venice Beach lately?

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  4. Red says:

    My friends and I were there on the 11th of September 2010, and I found about 15 teeth of various (small) sizes and various shark. It was a blast looking for the teeth and we plan to go back again soon.

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  5. josh says:

    I was just down at manasota beach last week (just south of Venice). We found a couple hundred sharks teeth and some other cool fossils in just a few hours. I did wonder what are the other things in the picture with the ridges? We found a bunch of them as well, I was told they were whale teeth but some research proved that to be wrong. It would be appreciated if ya could tell me what they are.

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  6. Scott says:

    The things with ridges are the fossil dental pavements of string ray. If you can imagine a row of these hooked together to form a crushing plate that the string ray used to crush the hard clams and crabs it was eating.

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  7. roland says:

    I m roland, Im living here in the Phlippines,, I found megalodon teeth fossils here,,,,some are red in coloration…… I think Philippines as a new site for megalodon is really a rare location ???

    Please help me know if megalodon fossil teeth have been discovered already here in the Philippines ??? or is my discovery would be recorded as the first one

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  8. Ann Picard says:

    I was in Venice yesterday. Since I am new to Florida, I have no reference point on whether there are fewer sharks teeth. I found quite a few small shark’s teeth and other interesting pieces. I love this area!

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  9. larry says:

    I lived in Venice from 1997-2004 and I started looking on the beach like everyone else, but if you want big teeth, tapir teeth and horse, bison and mammoth teeth, search small streams and any where they are developing. When they’re not there I have found tons of teeth and vertebrae, ribs, whale ear bones this way.

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  10. larry says:

    There is a dump just north of Venice by the Vyniltech window plant. There’s a place in the dump area where they take dirt from, it is acres big. I used to bring a 5 gallon bucket there and fill it with stuff, without digging you could rake the stuff up like leaves. I’m not kidding, it was littered with bones and teeth, lots of whale bones.

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  11. Paige says:

    We are located on Venice beach, 7 days a week. My son is also a scuba instructor. They have mentioned a small decline in the amount of fossils on the beaches, but I believe that was due to beach resurfacing that has occurred on some of the beaches in all of Sarasota… Except Venice beach. With that being said, there are still literally several handfuls being scooped up with each dive and snorkel. You can find them in many of the creeks and just laying on the beach as well. Our business rents the snorkel, scuba and strainers and we have absolutely seen no decline at our beach. It is truly a blessing to live in this paradise.

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