Megalodon teeth found along North Carolina beaches

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.)

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Found recently on the beach.

Comparison of Megalodon tooth with that of a Great White shark. "Megalodon tooth with great white sharks teeth-3-2" by Megalodon_tooth_with_great_white_sharks_teeth-3.jpg: *Megalodon_tooth_with_great_white_sharks_teeth.jpg: Brocken InagloryBlueRuler_36cm.png: User:Kalanderivative work: Parziderivative work: Parzi - This file was derived from  Megalodon tooth with great white sharks teeth-3.jpg:. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Comparison of Megalodon tooth with that of a Great White shark. “Megalodon tooth with great white sharks teeth-3-2” Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

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.

  9 comments for “Megalodon teeth found along North Carolina beaches

  1. Daran
    October 23, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    How does anyone know they are extinct? There are reports from sailors in recent times and the ocean is very large.
    Be much safer to not rule them out’

  2. October 23, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Um… there are several lines of evidence that suggest they are extinct some 2 million years now. There are no reliable reports from sailors, as you say, though they may see large sharks, nothing of this magnitude has been documented. If we can’t make a conclusion based on the best evidence, “just in case”, we would be wasting our lives on a lot of fictional things.

  3. Lagaya1
    October 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Although these large teeth do exist, the top picture you show here looks photoshopped. Any way to know for sure? The outline of the tooth seems weird particularly on the top and left of the photo.

  4. Lagaya1
    October 23, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Sorry, I meant the top and right.

  5. Rook
    October 24, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    I do see what you mean, but from my experience as a long-time photographer, I think it is likely to be a genuine, unaltered image.

    With the relatively narrow depth of field, direction of light with corresponding shadows, and the distance between edge of the tooth and the hand surface (except along the fingers), the image’s appearance is quite consistent with what one would expect – thereby not indicative that the image is a composite or the scale been digitally manipulated.

  6. Eric
    October 24, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Teeth of this size are not rare at all. Type megladon teeth into eBay and you will see a good number of them. No need to fake the pick it’s just not that uncommon of an example. They are very neat to see and hold.

  7. Karl
    October 26, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    “How does anyone know they are extinct? There are reports from sailors in recent times and the ocean is very large.”

    If they still existed, I’d wonder why:

    – We don’t find non fossilized versions of the teeth washing ashore
    – We don’t find bite wounds/scars species they may prey upon like whales or great whites

  8. Badd_KungFu
    December 2, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    the possibility of their existence would depend on their preferred prey. if they fed on giant squid, as the blue whale does, they could exist as there would be no reason for them to ever venture into the scant few feet of ocean observable to humans. however, if they fed on mammals due to the high energy content of their fat, as their grandchildren the great white does, then whaling nations would have a 1000 years of evidence documenting their existence.

  9. Badd_KungFu
    December 2, 2015 at 9:34 AM im not arguing that the megaladon is still around. however, species declared extinct by science are “re-discovered” far too often to give total credence to those claims.

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