Sharks? Sure, Florida has Sharks. The Lifeguards watch for sharks from Lifeguard Stations standing tall in the dunes. They look for a black shadow in the water that swims from side to side like a snake. When Yellow flags are flying – sharks are present. Looks like a GREEN FLAG Day! Today’s Lifeguard Crew and their View of the Beach. Everyone on Manasota Key Beach searches for Shark Teeth. Well, almost everyone. To find Shark Teeth, a basket contraception is used to scoop the sand at the water’s edge. Each basketful is shaken in the water to free the sand. The contents of the basket is dumped on the shore and gently sifted with fingers. The prehistoric shark teeth are tiny and either black or brown with sharp points. On a good day, each basketful will net 3 – 4 teeth. Everyone searches for the big ones.
Amazing Shark Facts:
Sharks typically lose at least one tooth per week.
Shark teeth are arranged in neat conveyor belt rows and can be replaced within a day of losing one.
Shark teeth are popularly found as beach treasures because sharks shed 1000s of teeth in a lifetime.
After a shark dies and its body decomposes, its teeth will fossilize.
Fossilized shark teeth are not white because they are usually covered with sediment (which prevents oxygen and bacteria from getting to them).
It takes about 10,000 years for a shark tooth to fossilize. The most commonly found shark teeth fossils are from 65,000 year ago (the Cenozoic era).
Venice, FL (on the Gulf of Mexico) calls itself the “shark tooth capital of the world”.
Such a MAGICAL place for MAKING MEMORIES.