While on the beach at cruise ports around the world, there is more to do than spreading out on the sand to eat and drink. While some cruise ship passengers like to para-sail, wind surf, snorkel, dive or take excursions to local businesses, others prefer a more relaxed past time, shark tooth hunting.
This huge fossilized shark tooth was recently discovered by a diver off the North Carolina coast. It’s believed to be one of the largest ever found and belonged to 60 foot Megalodon shark! The tooth was found by Rochelle Bunning. Image from Irma Wilson of Hampstead, NC via the Topsail Gazette. It appears to measure over eight inches long, the largest recorded shark tooth we could find.
Mark Havenstein of Low Country Geologic found his “over seven-incher” on Tuesday, October 29, 2002 while scuba diving for fossils in a low country river in the ACE River Basin, Colleton County, South Carolina. The actual measurement of this amazing shark tooth is 7 3/32 inches, just shy of 7 1/8. This megalodon tooth had only a few minor imperfections; it required no restoration.
When hunting for shark teeth, these are some of the typical finds: Angustidens, Auriculatus, Bull, Chubutensis, Cow, Great white, Hammerhead, Hemipristis (hemi), Lemon, Mako, Megalodon (mega), Sand, Threser and Tiger.
Our shark tooth video playlist will show examples of most and give you some tips on where to look.
However, if you find a Fossilized Shark Tooth in another nation it could complicate your trip as it may be considered “cultural artifacts” or “national treasures”, and there can be penalties are severe. Check on the law in the countries you will be visiting. Last I heard, Mexico prohibited the export of all artifacts or treasures, including seashells.
Bringing shark teeth into the United States or Canada may be a problem, if the teeth are not totally clean. Those governments are fighting against bacteria and disease which may be within the attached soil or sand. There is no value in keeping the soil or sand attached to the tooth, so clean them completely in good clean water before packing to bring home.
See the U.S. Customs and Border Protection law on seashells, and, pebbles and driftwood. There is also some guidance for travelers going to the Caribbean for these things at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs/