Jul 102013

Shark Teeth 003 We spent the day at Caspersen Beach in Venice Florida, “The Shark teeth capital of the world”. This beach, so far, is our favorite beach. It was an hour drive, but well worth the trip.

We arrived around 8am and did not leave until 3:30pm. A huge parking lot, for beach standards, and FREE. Yes, you read that right. They do not charge for parking. Most beaches we’ve been to, charge between $1 to $2 per hour.

Most people were dredging for these little trinkets. pictured on right, fossilized shark teeth. They can be found along the shore or in the sand. They even embedded them into the cement in the parking lot. They are not easy to find. There are so many shells that they are very hard to find. The larger ones are very rare.

The water was clear, perfect for snorkeling, and we brought our masks and flippers. They have a reef just off the beach that we swam around. Hundreds of fish, we are still trying to identify all of them. I know we saw a grouper, flounder, rays, and sheepheads. Still trying to figure out the 3+ foot long fish that looks like a barracuda, but did not have the sharp teeth. I know the sheepheads, which ranged from 6 inches to over a foot long, loved to follow me around. I was digging for shark teeth and they would swarm by me to eat what sediment I picked up.

We had so much fun that we plan to go back again. Anyone want to join us?

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