Treasure Hunt For Shark Teeth | Venice, Florida

The Gulf Coast of Florida is one of the most spectacular areas throughout the state!  With over 35 miles of beaches in Sarasota County, this makes the perfect destination for shelling and shark tooth hunting for visitors and locals alike. Known as the shark tooth capital of the world in Venice, Florida; this is the hot spot place to find them!

Getting There

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Venice Florida sharks teeth hunting

Our treasure hunting adventure takes us south from Sarasota, Florida. Heading south on I-75 take exit 200 and FL-681 South towards Venice/Osprey. Continue on FL 681; keeping left at the fork and follow signs for US-41 S/Venice/Gulf Beaches and merge onto US-41 S/N Tamiami Trail. Continue on US 41 and look to turn right after Wells Fargo Bank on the right. Then turn left onto Sorrento Street. Look for Harbor Drive and turn left. Meanwhile, you might also enjoy a stroll through Venice downtown as you find your way to the beach as well.

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Caspersen Beach

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Best shark tooth hunting, Caspersen Beach, Venice, Florida

The joy of searching for nature’s treasures is one of the most fun past times in Florida. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Our journey begins by finding this beautiful beach called Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. Where some of the world’s best shark tooth hunting spots are found. What’s really cool about this beach area is that it is a bit secluded and has some beautiful unique features!

Beach Features and Beauty

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Beach front views. Venice Florida sharks teeth hunting.

Other unique features you can find at Caspersen Beach are its untouched natural beauty and small crowds. As well as no buildings, condos, or other large structures nearby. Additionally, you will see the outcrops of rocks scattered along certain areas of the beach front complimenting the beautiful emerald green waters.

The sand is not as smooth and soft as other beaches near the central gulf coast areas, and it is very hot to the feet. So when visiting this beach, make sure to wear flip flops, sandals, or wet shoes to protect your feet.

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Restroom and Showers at Caspersen Beach

There are plenty of spots in the beach parking lot as well as restrooms, showers, and nature trails. Another area that has beach access is the Brohard Beach and Maxine Barritt Park; which also has a picnic pavilion, grills, playground, and public facilities. You can walk the boardwalk out to the quiet less crowded beach area and enjoy shark tooth hunting and shelling here as well. Caspersen Beach is one of the best known spots where to find shark teeth in Florida.

Hiking Nature Trail

As you find your parking spot in the beach parking lot which is free by the way, you can take a short walk down the nature trail! You can make your way to the picnic area and enjoy a stroll through nature before or after your fun time scavenging the beach for shark teeth! This just adds more exploration fun to your day!

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Nature Path Venice, Florida

Brohard Beach and Venice Fishing Pier

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Venice Fishing Pier

Well, spectacular secluded beaches are not the only thing Venice has to offer. If you love to fish, then you must check out the Venice Fishing Pier! This 700 foot long pier comes with amazing sunsets, dolphin watching, and endless opportunity fishing! There is also a bait shop, picnic areas, volleyball courts, restrooms, pavilions, and a golf course nearby! Enjoy dining and fun right here at the beach!

Historic Venice Downtown

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Take a trip back in time when you browse the streets of downtown Venice!  This historic downtown city goes back to the 1920s as you will enjoy the old Florida charm with its tree lined streets and hanging oak tree moss. Soak in the mood with its quaint boutiques, restaurants, and vibrant feel while you shop and dine!  Be sure to wander to the less crowded area of the east side of Venice Avenue for a little more quiet exploration.

Downtown Venice Florida

Pre-Historic Shark Teeth Treasures

Now, let’s go back to the good stuff of talking shark teeth! If you enjoy history, then finding these prehistoric fossilized teeth will have your attention.  Similar to much of the land in the United States, Florida was once completely underwater about 10 million years ago. Sharks were abundant in this area during this time, and as the water receded over time, the sharks died.

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Beautiful Caspersen Beach Venice Florida

Their skeletons disintegrated and the teeth fossilized and remain. It is known that a fossil layer that is 18-35 feet deep is located under this coastal area of Venice!  You can find these fossils along the shoreline as a result of rough waves, waters and storms.

Sifting through earth’s treasures hunting for shark teeth

The Thrill Of Discovering Shark Teeth

There may or may not be a trick to finding these pre-historic teeth, but I have read that the further you go out into the water, you may find more of the larger teeth. The treasure hunt techniques are endless as you can beach comb along the shoreline or purchase a shark tooth sifter shovel and go to town! Another idea is to make your own contraption for scooping and sifting! Get creative!

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Shark Tooth Sifter Shovel. Photo: Authentic Florida

Many adventure seekers flock to Florida and take park in hunting for prehistoric shark teeth. Whether you are a professional diver or and simply a beach goer, there is plenty of sea treasures to be found! Recently, however, a diver whose business is shark teeth was attacked by an alligator in the Myakka River. So, one must always be careful and cautious of your surroundings in the Florida nature.

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Megalodon Shark Tooth. Peace River, FL.
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Did You Know:

Sharks can produce up to 20,000 plus teeth in their lifetime.
Sharks have 5-15 rows of teeth per jaw.
The teeth of a shark are connected differently and can fall out frequently.
The shape of shark teeth depends upon their diet.
Shark teeth are different than humans as they are less durable.
The Megalodon teeth are the most valuable and can be up to 7 plus inches in size; the largest of any shark’s teeth. And it is now extinct.

My Finds

Even the fisherman next to me catches fish at the shore! I found some pretty shells at Caspersen Beach. Please check back here again in the near future for updates on my finds and search for shark’s teeth and shells!!

More Underwater Treasures

Our next visit takes us to Brohard Beach area on another day at an earlier time to begin our hunt for shark teeth. The enjoyment of this activity is indescribable and it costs nothing! Great fun for families and all people alike!

Summary

There is no better way to enjoy both science and fun than the thrill of finding earth’s treasures in the Gulf of Mexico! Hunting for shark teeth is an absolute fun adventure for anyone! Enjoy part of your day combing the beach, then top it off with a sunset dinner at the pier, and then take a stroll through the charming city of Venice!

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15 Comments on “Treasure Hunt For Shark Teeth | Venice, Florida

  1. What a cool spot! That water is so beautifully blue! And very cool that there’s a historic downtown to discover and lots of fun artifacts in the water. Sounds like a fun place for the whole family!

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  2. I didn’t realize that you could find prehistoric shark teeth in Florida. I always assumed they were the teeth from sharks swimming around out there. Thanks for sharing that! Caspersen Beach looks like a lovely place to relax in addition to hunting for shark teeth.

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    • I know! Isn’t that cool!? I figured that some people might think that hunting for shark teeth,.. that sharks would be swarming around in the area too! Ha lol! Nope, its the fossils that are abundant in that area; and the further you go out, the bigger teeth you find! We were totally surprised at how gorgeous this beach area is!! So much fun and thrilling!! Thanks for reading Becky!

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    • Thank you, and yes, the beautiful scenery is hard to miss and distracting from my shark tooth hunt! Lol! It is so fascinating about that fossil layer out in the gulf in this area… just mind blowing. I am anxious and excited to see what I find next!!

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    • This is why we love it,.. it is different and unique.. and thrilling all at the same time! We never even knew we had this fossil layer in our back yard… essentially in the gulf! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!!

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  3. 20,000 teeth in their lifetime?? Horrifying! I never knew looking for sharks teeth was a thing?

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    • Yes, sharks in general lose their teeth all the time. Actually human teeth are more durable then theirs. And yes,.. shark tooth hunting is such a fun activity; the beach was pretty full the other day (and its summertime in Florida) all to be out searching for shark teeth! Fun fun! And if you find the now extinct Megadalon tooth; this one is like gold; its most valuable! We love it!

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  4. This looks like a gorgeous beach, love the seclusion. And I love that fishing pier! How great beach sunsets must look with the pier in the picture. I love rock hunting, which is what we do up here in the far north, lol. I imagine hunting for shark’s teeth would be equally fascinating. You should make a necklace with all the one’s you’ve found!

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    • Those are the reasons we love this beach! Beautiful, secluded, the pier.. its awesome! Oh,.. we love rock hunting too. We have collected our share, lol! We are loving hunting for shark teeth! Definitely, that is my plan to create some art or jewelry with my shells and teeth! I hope to share my creations! 🙂

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