Diving for the mammoth Megalodon shark teeth and other shark teeth is a hobby for Danielle and I and many who frequent the west coast of Florida.  Although Megalodon teeth can be found worldwide, the west coast of Florida is a famous hunting ground, especially around Venice Beach.  The west coast of Florida is rich with these fossil treasures because, throughout pre-historic history, Florida was underwater and a favorite hunting ground for Megalodons and other sharks.  Megalodons grew to an estimated length of 33-59 feet and had an estimated 276 teeth that grew up to 8 inches.

 What did they eat?

Anything and everything they wanted, including other large sharks and whales.  Megalodons and other sharks continually lose their teeth every two weeks or so.  With thousands of sharks hunting in the area over the millennium, there are a LOT of shark teeth buried in the sand on the beaches and along the bottom of the gulf. In addition, storms often turn the sand over, washing fresh supplies of teeth onto the beaches and exposing them along the sea bed below the surface.

Shark Teeth Hunting on the Beach

You’ll often see beachcombers with rakes, strainers, and buckets looking like zombies staring at the sand, searching for shark teeth.  Our friends live in Venice, and one of their favorite pastimes is hunting for shark teeth along the beach.  They have large bowls and vases filled with shark teeth of many sizes.

Diving for Mammouth Megalodon Shark Teeth

The other great way to hunt for megalodon shark teeth is to go scuba diving for them.  Diving for them involves being a certified diver and going on a Megalodon shark tooth diving charter unless you have your own boat.  Your captain should know the best hunting grounds and will take you to their favorite spots while providing two or three air tanks for your day’s dives.  One such charter company is Capt. Dustin of Top 2 Bottom Charters.  Capt. Dustin grew up in Venice and had been diving around the area for decades.  We have been out with Capt. Dustin twice and was successful each time.

Venturing out on our own boat to dive:

Last weekend we decided to head out diving to hunt for shark teeth without a charter captain.  Our boat was being serviced near Venice Beach, so we decided to tow it down to Venice and launch it at the Nokomis boat ramp.  My husband, Bob, and Danielle’s sister, Lori, agreed to come down and be our boat safety lookouts while catching up on some reading and looking for fish.

How do you find Megalodon and other shark teeth:

Danielle getting our diver safety marker readyIt is a painstaking task.  While diving, it is best to plan to work an area in a grid-like fashion.  Danielle and I swim up and down an area using compass settings and searching about 10’ apart.  I like to use my dive knife to crawl along the sea bottom, flicking it in the sand to move small amounts of shells, rocks, and other bottom specimens without kicking up too much sand, making the visibility poor.  Danielle likes to use her fingers.  She has developed a better eye for spotting these tiny treasures among thousands of shells and other loose debris on the bottom. We look for triangular shapes or tips sticking out of the sand.  The teeth can be black or covered in white sediment, shells, small seaweed, and mollusk growth.

The Megalodon Bounty:

This past weekend, we were diving in about 27 feet of water just south of the Venice Beach inlet.  The visibility was between 10-15 feet at the bottom, covered in shells and some beds of low-growing seaweed.  We could stay under for about 70 minutes at that depth with 3200 psi in our tanks.  We moved about half a mile between dives, covering as much of the area as possible in the morning.  Although we didn’t get any big ones, we each came away with a few nice specimens of all sizes.  Danielle found a great well-preserved specimen, as seen above in the picture.

This was a fun tune-up dive for our trip to Jupiter, Fl, next weekend, when we will be shark diving with Emerald Charters.

Note:  Venice, Fl, is a great place for spending time on, in, or near the water.  With both inland and offshore waterways, it is a boaters’ heaven.  After spending many hours on the water, there are many waterfront bars and restaurants to visit on the way back to the dock.

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