Sharks of all species continually shed their teeth and grow new
ones. They have 40 or more teeth in each jaw. Behind the
functional rows or teeth are seven other rows of teeth developing
into mature dentures to replace teeth as they are shed or lost. In
ten years,an average Tiger shark can produce as many as
Identification of sharks teeth, which come in many different
shapes and sizes, is relatively easy. All of the teeth in the mouth
of a single type of shark are the same shape. They vary only | in
size. The shape of the teeth of each species is distinct. Local
book stores offer many books on the subject.
For millions of years, sharks have lived and died in the Gulf of
Mexico. Dead sharks sink to the ocean floor where they are
covered by layers of sand and silt. Over time, the cartilage of
their bodies disintegrates. Water and storm action eventually
sweeps the sand away, exposing the teeth. Some are washed up
on shore with the changing tides and waves.
Venice Florida Beaches
For dog lovers, noteworthy in Venice is The Brohard
Paw Park (1600 Harbor Dr. S., 941-861-9830), with dog
drinking fountains, showers on decks for dogs only, fire
hydrants and leash posts. The park is also adjacent to
the only beach area in the county where dogs are
allowed to roam free. Dog lovers have declared this
park and beach to be the best dog friendly park in the
Venice Municipal Beach
An excellent place to find sharks teeth and other
fossilized material and attracts divers to its coral
reef about one quarter mile offshore.
The longestbeach in Sarasota County, is located south
of Venice Airport on Harbor Drive. It has been left in its
natural state, uncultivated, windswept, and secluded.
This is an exceptionally good area to look for and find
pre-historic sharks teeth as well as enjoyable shelling. It
is also site of the annual Sharks Tooth and Seafood
Nokomis Beach a quiet, family-oriented beach, a
good place for fishing, strolling, or launching a boat.
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