Beachcombers normally find shells, broken glasses and pebbles on the shores but in the United States, they certainly did not expect to find a shark tooth. It appears that the shark tooth belonged to a shark specie that lived millions of years ago.
WITN notes that a beachgoer named Denny Bland found the massive, fossilized shark tooth on an Eastern Carolina beach. Bland admitted that finding the shark tooth made him feel like he won the lottery.
Bland said, “It’s like I’m the first one to touch that since it fell out of his mouth back in the day.”
The shark tooth, according to The Sydney Morning Herald News, belonged to the prehistoric 18 meter long Megalodon.
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The Director of the Aurora Fossils Museum, Cynthia Crane, told WITN that the shark tooth once belonged a colossal prehistoric fish believed to be the ancestor of the Great White Shark we know now.
“Megalodon was this large, humungous shark that roamed the ancient seaways during the Miocene-Pliocene time — mainly mid Miocene to Pliocene — which was about 15 million to 5 million years ago,” Crane said.
The experts from the museum said that to determine the sizes of sharks, the size of the shark is compared with their teeth using a formula/ratio. Such comparisons help experts today to determine the actual size of sharks by measuring the length of their teeth. The site mentions that experts estimated that “every one inch of a tooth’s length equals ten feet.”
Therefore, with a six inch long Megalodon shark tooth, the Megalodon itself is said to be 60 feet long.
WITN notes that due to recent storms, beachgoers in North Topsail Beach and in Surf City has found several fossilized teeth from Megalodon. Some are reported to have found tooth as big as an adult’s hand.
The storms, such as those brought by Hurricane Joaquin, might have “unearthed” the fossilized teeth from the deepest parts of the ocean and washed them ashore.