Megalodon teeth found washed ashore in North Carolina
Massive shark teeth have been washing up on eastern North Carolina beaches after recent storms unearthed them from beneath the ocean floor.
Several fossilized teeth from a Megalodon have been found by visitors in North Topsail Beach and in Surf City.
A beachgoer named Denny Bland discovered a Megalodon shark tooth at the North Topsail Beach.
“Oh my God, like I said, I felt like I was a lottery winner or something,” said Bland. “It’s like I’m the first one to touch that since it fell out of his mouth back in the day.”
Experts at the Aurora Fossil Museum told a WITN reporter that by comparing the sharks and the length of their teeth, they estimate that every one inch of a tooth’s length equals ten feet. So a six-inch long tooth belonged to a Megalodon that was around 60 feet long.
Experts say the North Carolina coast is known as a premier spot to find fossilized teeth from the giant shark.
The Megalodon teeth discovered Bland is the third of its kind to be found in that State since June.
The megalodon was given its name in 1843 by Swiss-born biologist Louis Aggasiz. The extinct fish is believed to have weighed up to 30 times as much as a great white shark, clocking in at 70 to 100 tons.
Its fossil record remains incomplete, making its date of extinction unclear.