We are Shark Week watchers. Because of this, we have steered away from going to the beach for the last couple of weeks. And to be honest, when we went this last time for me to hunt for shark’s teeth, I was VERY skittish in the water. But during Shark Week we learned about the Shark Tooth Capitol of the world, Venice Beach Florida. So naturally I went online and looked up how far from us it is. And… it was just 20 miles or so south of St Pete or where we went to go see the Manatees last winter…. Well that is close enough for me, and hour and a half to two hours seems a reasonable drive to go shark tooth hunting.
So we headed out and the drive was further than I expected, we ended up driving through Venice and not finding a good place to get out. So we turned around and drove back through and pulled off at a little beach area near the pier.
Now we were there for one reason, so I could do some Shark Teeth Hunting, but I was expecting the beach there to be kid friendly like Cocoa and Clearwater have been. Nope, it was not. Venice doesn’t have nice sand, rather it’s little gritty rocks, or crushed seashells, and the water is a sharp dropoff, enough to where the babies couldn’t get in and play. So needless to say, we didn’t last more than an hour, but I did find a few sharks teeth.
I learned that you have to get right past the drop off and as the waves are coming in, take a BIG scoop into the ledge. The sharks teeth get wedged in the drop off and you have a better chance of getting some teeth out if you hunt through the shells and rocks there. Finding the first one is the hardest, but once you find it, you get an idea of what you are looking for and it becomes easier to spot them.
I could have stayed there for hours collecting, but it really was not a suitable beach to have the little ones at. I am not sure when I will get back there, but I am hoping this spring to take a day trip out to collect more sharks teeth and take some pictures, as it really is quite beautiful there.