Picking up seashells from the beach has always been part of our memories for anyone lucky enough to vacation near the beach. As kids, we believed the beaches were chock full of treasures of every kind.
On the coastal beaches of North Carolina, kids have found a different kind of treasure—a number of prehistoric relics were unearthed due to the recent storms.
Locals have reported finding shark teeth from Surf City to North Topsail Beach. Fort Fisher fossil experts at the North Carolina Aquarium said that the largest of the teeth that were discovered was six inches long, and it belonged to a Megalodon. The tooth is believed to be between 2.6 and 15 million years old.
The shark’s tooth-to-body length ratio charts indicate that a six-inch tooth would have belonged to a 47-foot animal.
With recent storm activity, beachcombers are having a field day when it comes to finding these prehistoric remains. Denny Bland, one of the beachcombers, told WITN, “Oh my god! Like I said, I felt like I was a lottery winner or something.”
These prehistoric teeth are indeed a rare find, especially from a creature that is colossal in size. It’s not every day that you get to see a six-inch shark tooth.