S is for Sharks

Lots of movies have been made about sharks at the beach. We’ve even witnessed them ourselves. One day, just a few yards from the wrackline at a Gulf Coast FL beach, a baby shark swam passed my husband. The water was calm, clear and he was just floating in the shallow water.  Moments later and farther down the beach, a kid and his dad pulled in a baby shark on their fishing line. After showing it to whoever wanted to see it, they let it go.

On the east side of FL, we’ve sat on my in-laws balcony overlooking the Atlantic and watched several large sharks swimming north.  Glad we were on the balcony.

Sharks happen, Sharnadoes don’t, except in the movie theatre.

Just be careful out there in the ocean so you aren’t lunch.

Shark teeth are fun to search for on the beach. Venice Beach, FL is known for its shark-teeth-covered beaches.  You can literally sit in your beach chair and move around the sand with your toes to find them. The shark teeth are all different sizes and colors (white to black) and if surf worn, they can be different shapes. Sometimes you might mistake a black shell-shard for a shark tooth. The way to decide if you have a shark tooth or a shell is to try breaking it. If you can break it then it is a shell. Beach renourishment along the Casey Key FL area and further south in recent years may have altered the abundance of shark teeth at the beach surface so if you don’t see any immediately, keep searching and dig deep. They are there. I have always had great luck and love my shark tooth collection which I started when living in Surfside Beach, SC. Searching from N. Myrtle Beach to Pawley’s Island, I started my collecting. A neighbor of mine had a display of several jars filled with them. That was my goal, but raising kids took priority and I still don’t have quite as many as my former neighbor did. I’ll keep searching.

S is for Sharks and Shark teeth