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Is There A Fossil Dentist In The House?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Manasota Key, Puffer fish mouth plate, Shark's Teeth, Stingray Mouth Plate | 13 comments

Stingray mouth plates

Stingray Mouth Plates

Shelling sistah Susan S. took a road trip with her husband to Manasota Key to do some SHARK’S TEETHing at Blind Pass Park in Englewood, Florida. I couldn’t wait to see what she brought back to Sanibel. The first thing she told me “We found 250 SHARK’S TEETH!” then added “… and a guy on the beach told me these were a couple of STINGRAY MOUTH PLATES”.

stingray mouth plate photo

Well, I guess they are. They are only about a half inch long and you can tell what they are by the little grooves. Doesn’t it boggle the mind how someone figured out what these little pieces are when they are mixed in with sand, pebbles and shell crush? They can be up to 2 million years old!

This is Susan with a hand full of SHARK’S TEETH…

Susan sharks teeth in palm

Look at all the SHARK’S TEETH spread out. It’s so much more obvious that these are fossil teeth… instead of figuring out a fossil mouth plate.

sharks teeth

This tooth was about 2 1/2 inches long and broken in half. This came from a big sucker…

large brown sharks tooth

Okay, now we have seen a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE, lots of SHARK’S TEETH and remember Carla found a PUFFERFISH MOUTHPLATE when I shelled with her in Bonita…

Pufferfish Mouth plate fossil

 These poor creatures needed a dentist! They lost so many mouth parts and they’re washing up all along the Gulf Coast! ;)

3 sharks teeth

 It’s always fun to learn about other types of beach bling that washes up on the shore and always fun to hang out with someone who shares the same love for it. Thanks Susan and the rest of my shelling family out there! Who else could get excited about a STINGRAY MOUTH PLATE?

pam susan sanibel



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Day Trip For Shark’s Teeth

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Manasota Key, Shark's Teeth | 15 comments

Shark tooth enthusiast David (Canada)

Eleven year old David was the perfect guy to meet on the Blind Pass Park beach in Englewood to ask about finding SHARK’S TEETH. Clark and I took a day trip up to Manasota Key (about an hour and a half from Sanibel) to look for shark’s teeth yesterday and met David while we were searching (and finding!). He knew everything there was to know about the history of a shark’s tooth and how to find them. “Every time a shark bites something, he loses teeth. Then that tooth is replaced by another in the row right behind it… a vending machine!” He even saved $250 of his own money to be submerged in a cage surrounded by sharks in Orlando. Now that tells you how crazy David is about sharks!



David's shark's teeth

You can see how long David had been hanging out in the water….look at his finger tips! LOL But better yet, look at all the shark’s teeth!

Joanne (Port Charlotte)

This is David’s grandmother that he was visiting in Port Charlotte. She’s a collector too.

Shark's tooth on the beach

This is what the good “tooth piles” (I’m so used to saying “shell piles”!) look like. Did you find the tooth?

Shark's tooth screening

This shark’s tooth screen that blog buddy Karen (The Essential Beachcomber) gave me (see it on Shark’s Teeth Treasure post) was so easy to use. Clark’s pointing at two teeth in one scoop. It works great, thanks Karen!

So, can you guess how many teeth Clark and I found together in about one hour? No?

Our shark's teeth loot

One hundred and eighty three …. that’s 183! …and a fun little rock with a hole in it (top left) that Clark picked up.

Blind Pass Beach- Englewood

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