Posted by Jody on January 30, 2017
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Jacqueline Downs.
On a recent trip to Pismo Beach with my 7 year old granddaughter, I found a large shark tooth on the shore while shell seeking. I have being a shell seeker for many, many years up and down the California coast and have never found a shark tooth. Actually I have never really searched for shark teeth. I was extremely excited to find it while searching for sand dollars.
Shark Tooth from Pismo Beach, California
I found the shark tooth on the beach close one of the beach stairways north of the pier. I thought it was a nice rock, but behold it was a great surprise. The tooth is a little larger than a quarter.
Pismo Beach Prize
I’m thinking that maybe the tooth came out of the sea wall cliffs at the beach. California has had the a lot rain lately and maybe some erosion.
“Looks kind of old. Kind of like me” ~ We doubt that, Jacqueline ! 🙂
~Many thanks to Jaqueline for sharing her beach treasure with us! We are so happy that she sent along such fabulous photos of her very special find. Any day at the beach with a granddaughter is wonderful. Finding such a spectacular prize together makes it all the better!
Related Links: Pismo Beach, California (Official Site)
Pick Your Own Prehistoric Shark Teeth (Venice, Florida)
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Posted by Jody on December 1, 2016
Show us your seaside style!
Happy Holidays from the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
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Posted by Jody on May 24, 2016
Caspersen Beach, Venice, Florida. Yes, collecting shark teeth is allowed.
The best of our finds (so far)!
Have a great day at the beach!
We’re off to Sanibel Island!
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Posted by Jody on May 23, 2016
There is a camaraderie among beach treasure hunters in Venice, Florida, that charms folks into returning over and over again. Locals and repeat visitors are quick to lend a hand along with plenty of advice. Perfect strangers will plop a load or two of scooped up seashells onto the sand in front of you to get you started. I’ve seen more than one longtime treasure hunter simply pick up a shark tooth on the sand and gift it to someone they’ve never met before. Everyone has a system of finding the treasured shark teeth on the shores of Venice. Some of us have a whole beach bag full of how-tos.
Here are a few tips, tricks, and how-tos we’ve learned along the way. They’re all tried and true!
1.The Dig and Sift
The Dig and Sift is accomplished by simply reaching into the water to get the biggest portion of settled shells possible, then sifting through the seashells and fragments in hopes of spotting the perfect shark tooth specimen. You can buy a fancy pants scooper (sold at the local Walmarts for just under $18.00) which is simply a little wire basket on a pole. Folks ’round here have been known to attach a kitchen sieve to a $1.00 thrift store golf club to achieve the same results. Clever! Right? The cheapest bet: scoop with your own two hands, although you should plan on chipping the polish off of any prettily manicured nails. (Come to think of it, this may indeed be the most expensive option of the three!)
The Dig and Sift
2. The Sweep and Trap
The Sweep and Trap system doesn’t require braving the surf. You just need to find a section of the beach where the surf is washing over a patch of smallish seashell fragments. Crouch on the sand and start to run your hand back and forth across the small bits and pieces while the surf comes and goes. Now, with this system, you’ll likely see a treasure or two get away before you can actually grab what really did look like a shark tooth. Hence the “trap” part. Quick reflexes are necessary to trap any dark, suspicious form before the waves wash your suspected precious beach treasure back into the sea.
The Sweep and Trap
3. The Scoop and Toss
Can’t find a place where the waves are washing across a section of seashell fragments? Have a friend simply scoop a colander, bucket, or basket of seashells and sand from the water and plop the load along the surf line for you. Follow the “trap” part of technique #2 from here.
4. The Dig Like Heck at the Shell Banks Left Behind After High Tide
🙂 Self explanatory:
The Dig Like Heck at the Shell Banks Left Behind After High Tide
5. The Walk and Scan
Enjoy a lovely walk on the beach and just look down. I can’t tell you how successful this system has been for many a beach treasure hunter on the beautiful beaches of Venice. Yes, this how-to is too obvious, but we just had to mention it!
The Walk and Scan
The Ultimate Venice Beach Treasure!
Good luck & have a wonderful day at the beach!!
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Posted by Jody on May 22, 2016
Here’s a look at our awesome Saturday morning on Caspersen Beach in Venice, Florida. What a fabulous day it was for beach treasure hunting!
Hunting for shark teeth is a lot like “Where’s Waldo?” Scroll through the photos and see if you can find a shark tooth or two with us. >>>
Everyone is out to find those treasured shark teeth on Caspersen Beach
Dressed for success!
Anything in there?
Caspersen Beach, Florida
Wonderful shelling too!
We were told by a local fisherman that this character is a Yellow-Footed Bait Stealer.
Wooohooo! My Beach Treasures!
It’s great to have a waterproof camera. Isn’t it? We have a couple of Fuji FinePix XP70 neon colored wonders just for these occasions!
Have a wonderful day at the beach!
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Posted by Jody on November 21, 2015
It was a dark and stormy day… another absolutely perfect day at the beach for Greg and me! Oriental Bay Beach is Wellington, New Zealand’s most popular beach. And we had it all to ourselves! I’m guessing that was because of the weather (which pretty much only matters to us if there are lightning bolts involved).
Here’s a peek at what ended up to be a wonderful afternoon of sea glass hunting on Wellington’s beautiful inner harbor strand:
Oriental Bay Beach
Sea Glass on Oriental Bay Beach
Oriental Bay Beach
Oriental Bay Beach Treasures
Oriental Bay Beach and Oriental Parade
Oriental Bay Beach
The Tail of the Whale
Wellington, New Zealand
The Carter Fountain
When I am asked, I often tell people that we have found the best sea glass beaches close to the older, often rowdy-ish, local bar scene districts. I wonder what the story of Oriental Bay is to have so much sea glass deposited on this stretch of beach. This sandy shoreline is probably one of the top three sea glass beaches we have ever come across!
It certainly was a perfect day at the beach for these two Beach Treasure Hunters!
Do you have an amazing beach for sea glass hunting? We’d sure love to hear about it!
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Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015
Running is a Popular Activity on Coronado’s Central Beach
If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.
Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.
Picture Perfect October Day
Coronado’s Beach Chair Program
Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.
Blue Skies and Perfect Temps
Looking West from The Hotel Del
The Sandcastle Man Was Here!
The Perfect Day on Coronado’s Beach
Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.
The Hotel del Coronado
Coronado’s Glorious Wide Sand Beach
It’s no wonder Dr. Beach proclaimed Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” in 2012!
We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.
~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~
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Posted by E.G.D. on April 2, 2015
Black sand and kayaks (photo © Jody Diehl)
We started the day on the Big Island of Hawaii with a kayak tour of Hilo Bay, crossing the bay and riding the swells. We ended the crossing going up river to a secluded cove with banyan trees and multiple waterfalls that used to serve as power to sugar mills. We returned to the black sand beach along Hilo Bay Beachfront Park before lunch and went back to change and eat on the ship.
Having been to the Big Island before, we decided to simply tour on foot the rest of the day. The Hilo Port/Bay area is dotted with numerous beach parks and small secluded coves for swimming, paddle boarding, picnicking, fishing, and boating.
Reeds Bay (photo © Jody Diehl)
Reeds Bay Fun in the Sun (photo © Jody Diehl)
More fun in the sun at Reeds Bay (photo © Jody Diehl)
We finished our day with swimming at Reeds Bay Beach Park, where families were settled in for a day of fun in the sun. There were picnickers, paddle boarders, swimmers, and canoeists all enjoying the clean little coral strewn shoreline. A local told us about the Wailoa River that meets the sea here and produces the cold water pooling in the “Ice Pond.’ The cold water combines with very warm water produced by the underwater lava vents. You swim from cold to warm and back to cold with each stroke. Pretty neat!
Have a wonderful day! – Jody & Greg
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