Really huge shark teeth are washing up along North Carolina beaches in large amounts since the beginning of October from Surf City to North Topsail Beach. Beach-goers found the teeth that were washed free from offshore sediments after recent coastal storms and higher than normal tides.
The teeth of the extinct shark Megalodon (which means “big tooth”) are fossilized. As with modern sharks, they regularly lost teeth providing an abundance of fossil remains. The rest of a shark, however, is cartilaginous and not as easily fossilized. These sharks lived 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago. They DO NOT exist today contrary to Discovery Network’s cheap attempts to suggest to the public that they do.
Sadly, upon seeing this story, I wondered if some would claim this is evidence that big sharks remain out there. Thankfully, I haven’t seen anything of the sort yet. (But I hope I didn’t just give someone an idea.)
A girl on vacation found some big ones last June in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Because of the movement of sediment, shark teeth may also be found in rivers as erosion removes layers and reveals buried deposits all along the east coast from New Jersey to Florida. In Tybee Island, GA, they hold a fossil hunt to search for the huge teeth.
Also in the news today, remains of a large shark (not quite Megalodon size) was found by amateur fossil hunters in Texas. The brain case found is estimated to be about 300 million years old which is considerable older than previous finds suggesting sharks were larger than today’s Great White sharks way back then.