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Posts Tagged ‘beach fossil hunting’

“Pick Your Own” Prehistoric Shark Teeth!

Posted by Jody on January 15, 2014

Our family really loves the Venice, Florida area. In fact, I would describe Venice, also known as “The Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World,” as one of our absolute favorite playgrounds.

There’s just so much for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to do in Venice. It’s a designated “Bicycle Friendly Community” where you can ride bikes along the Intracoastal Waterway and over to the more secluded Casperson Beach. You might also want to pedal to the South Jetty where splashing dolphins frolic against the brilliant Florida Gulf Coast sunset. You can relax and enjoy lunch, with superb service, at Sharky’s on the Pier (Greg and I still try to duplicate their Boathouse Salad at home!). You can swim, kayak, beachcomb, bird watch, and walk the beaches to your heart’s content. The best thing of all though, is that beachcombers can “pick your own” prehistoric shark teeth that pepper the sandy shoreline.

Prehistoric Shark Teeth

Prehistoric Shark Teeth

Located in Sarasota County, the City of Venice is perfectly situated on the Gulf of Mexico, an easy-breezy one hour drive south of Tampa.

Venice Resident, A Great Blue Heron

Venice Resident, A Great Blue Heron

Venice doesn’t brag of sugar-white sand beaches. You won’t find dozens of name brand, highrise hotels lining the coast. And you definitely will not see a lot of flashy souvenir and t-shirt shops at the seashore. But what you most likely will find are some of the friendliest folks you’ll come across anywhere and great souvenir prehistoric shark teeth to take home with you.

Don’t think you need any fancy-schmancy equipment to collect prehistoric shark teeth. On our first visit to the area, we asked our hotel desk clerk if there was any secret to finding shark teeth at the beach. Perhaps something only the savvy locals would know? She smiled and ever-so-politely replied: “Just look down.” So, we followed her advice. It’s that easy!

Do you have a favorite shoreline where you find shark teeth?


Please feel free to leave a comment.  We’d like to hear your own thoughts and tips on Venice beach ~ or any beach!


Helpful links:

City of Venice, Florida

Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

Discover Natural Sarasota County

Sharky’s on the Pier

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Beachcombing for Petoskey Stones! (Michigan)

Posted by Jody on October 6, 2011

Michigan has an Official State Stone. The Petoskey Stone! Who knew?  The name of the stone comes from an Ottawa Indian Chief, Chief Petosegay (or perhaps: Bedosegay). “The translation of the name is “rising sun,” “rays of dawn,” or “sunbeams of promise”.

Petoskey Stones can be found while beachcombing in the far northern area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan (Think tippy-top of the mitten)!  The Petoskey Stone is found lining the beaches and amongst the sand dunes in the area around the city of Petoskey, Michigan.  The Michigan State Stone is plentiful on the beautiful, sandy shores of Petoskey State Park. The park’s mile-long sandy beach on Little Traverse Bay is also famous for it’s gorgeous sunsets!

Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey, Michigan (Photo by Bkonrad/Wikimedia Commons)

The Petoskey Stone is both a rock and a fossil. According to the MI DEQ GSD*: “The most often asked question is, “What is a Petoskey Stone?” A Petoskey is a fossil colonial coral. These corals lived in warm shallow seas that covered Michigan during Devonian time, some 350 million years ago.”

Polished Petoskey Stone (Photo credit: Jtmichcock/Wikimedia Commons)

For the science-minded among us: “This specific fossil coral is found only in the rock strata known as the Alpena Limestone. The Alpena Limestone is part of the Traverse Group of Devonian age. The Alpena Limestone is a mixture of limestones and shales. The outcrops of these rocks are restricted to the Little Traverse Bay area near Petoskey.”

The MI DEQ GSD has a wonderful 4-page write-up on the history, lore and facts about the Petroskey Stone.  They even have a very easy to follow, step by step tutorial on hand-polishing these beach treasures!

*All quotes are from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Geological Survey Division.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.  ~Henry David Thoreau

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Top Ten Beaches in Nova Scotia, Canada

Posted by Jody on July 20, 2011

I’ve never been to the beaches of Canada, but according to this article in World News Report, the Top Ten Beaches in Canada are actually the Top Ten Beaches in Nova Scotia!  It looks like this may have come from the tourism board, but they already have me hooked reading their descriptions.  Lake beaches, ocean beaches, pebbly beaches, white sand beaches, beachcombing, rockhounding… They’ve got it all!

Map of Nova Scotia from Wikipedia Commons

“With more than 7,600 kilometers of shoreline and over 100 beaches, there’s a good reason Nova Scotia is home to the best beaches in Canada.”

If you enjoy birdwatching you might want to try Martinique Beach, Mavillette Beach or Taylor Head Beach.

How about a visit to the 1859 historic lighthouse at Margaretsville Beach or fossil exploration on the shores of Cape Chignecto?

If you want a souvenir for your collection you can hunt for sand dollars at Risser’s Beach Provincial Park.

Here are the complete descriptions of their “Top 10 Beaches in Canada”: Nova Scotia – Best Beaches in Canada 

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