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  1. Venice Beach Trip Set

    The plane tickets are purchased and the sifter and 'Florida Snow Shovel' have already arrived in Cape Coral! My in-laws have a place in Cape Coral and the wife and I visit them every year in early March. Last year we went to Venice Beach and I totally got hooked on fossils and sharks teeth. Living in the Pennsylvania, I don't get down to Florida often, but I have been able to make it to Calvert Cliffs twice this winter. While I did find some very small teeth the last time (my first time) at Venice Beach, just south of the pier I am hoping to find some better spots. I am not looking for anyone to reveal any personal sites or honey holes, but I hope some forum member can chime in and and let me know some decent places to look. I know we will for sure be making a family trip to Venice Beach for a day, but I also hope to be able to steal a day on my own for fossil exploration. Any information or tips would be much appreciated. I will get a permit prior to the trip, and the in-laws gracefully took down a sifter and scoop for me when they left a few weeks ago. There is nothing like examining your finds while sipping some Wicked Dolphin Rum and sitting on the canal!
  2. I found this last year in the sand at Venice Beach, FL. It doesn’t appear to be fully fossilized. I’m guessing it’s from an animal? I’m really not sure at all. Could it be from a bird beak? The white part almost looks like wood but I think it’s actually bone and then it blends into translucent material that feels smooth like enamel on a nail. It’s about 4 inches long and extremely sharp and pointy. It could impale you. Any ideas? Thanks!!
  3. Alligator or barracuda tooth?

    Apologies for the makeshift ruler aka chapstick, which is used for reference to size. We're on vacation and have limited resources, can't even locate a quarter in this house! Can someone please help me identify this tooth which I believe looks similar to alligator or possibly barracuda?All help is appreciated thanks!
  4. This is the second large shark's tooth. It was found by my father who lived in Sarasota Florida. No more information on where he found it. Was given to me upon his passing. The measurements are: 1 ½ inch (3.81 cm) wide, 2 ¼ inch (5.715 cm) long, ¼ inch (.635 cm) height. Here are some pictures as best as I could take them.
  5. This is the first of 2 posts for 2 large shark's teeth. This one was found by myself on a shell driveway in Sarasota, Florida. Really. The dimensions are: 1 ¾ inch (4.445 cm) wide, 2 ½ inch (6.35 cm) long, height is ¾ inches (1.905 cm), tip curves up approx. ¼ inches (.635 cm), the width (from top to bottom) of the inside triangle shape is 5/16 inch (0.79375 cm). Here are some pictures as best as I can take them. Can you help me ID this tooth?
  6. Venice Beach Florida

    Total strikeout at Venice Beach Florida today. Not a single tooth. Wonder what I was doing wrong with the stiffer tool? Others on the beach alwo had no luck today.
  7. Help with Identifying Florida Fossils

    Hello, I was hunting for sharks' teeth around Venice Beach/Caspersen Beach last week, and along with finding a bunch of shark teeth, I found some other fossil-looking stones. I'm not sure what kind of fossils they are, or if they even are fossils, so I'd like some help identifying them! All of them are quite hard and most are fairly shiny. #1: It has a sort of "hole" or concavity in one end which you can see from the second photo. It also has a bit of a crack on the underside, as you can see from the last photo. #2: This one is fairly porous/pockmarked looking, and has grooved lines. The next looks pretty much the same as the previous one, but I thought I would include photos anyway. #3: Pretty much the same as the last one; porous. #4: This next one is very interesting to me; it has quite a few cracks and even has a hole all the way through! #5: I suspect that this one may be just a rock; pretty much the only characteristic that makes me think that it could be a fossil is the color. #6: I'm thinking that this one is probably a normal (albeit strange looking) rock too... #7: This one is a bit pockmarked/porous. If this one actually is a fossil, it seems like it would have to be pretty worn, since I don't really see any definite shape! Sorry, I know that was a TON of photos!! Thanks for the help!
  8. Peace River and Venice ID

    Hi there guys, I was hoping you could help with the identification of three different fossils. The ones with the ridges that look like miniature mammoth teeth were found in peace river in Arcadia, while the flatter set of teeth and fang-looking thing were found at a land site in Venice. Thanks in advance for your help!
  9. Hilarious Shark Teeth Finds

    Funny story - I posted about our trip to Venice and what we found. Well after spending 4 mornings on the beaches searching and sifting and coming up with only tiny teeth and not much else, I was packing the car to head back home this morning and behold; three beautiful teeth just hanging out on top of the gravel in the driveway. Guess I know where I should have been searching this whole time!
  10. Help? Shark teeth

    I’m hoping someone could help me with a quick question! I have too many teeth and I need to let some go- I know that the rules say you can’t help appraise- but perhaps offer a general idea? The teeth are small but very beautifully colored (similar to agate?). Not all of them are colorful but the ones that are seem very unique to me! I know that my idea of value is not quite right since I was raised in shark tooth city, but most of what I see for a dime a dozen is pretty plain (black/gray) and I’ve searched with not too many answers -any advice on where to get started would be great, thank you !
  11. South Florida deformed shark tooth?

    I found this tooth yesterday and I’m a unsure of what it is. Maybe I’m overthinking what kind of tooth it is, so I figured I would ask for another opinion. It I’m thinking it may be a Tiger Shark Tooth that Maybe slightly deformed. Thanks
  12. Need a little more help

    We found this today and have been trying to figure out what it could be. I'm guessing it may be some kind of tooth or tusk I'm sure someone will be able to ID it. It was found snorkeling at the beach near Venice Florida.
  13. Also horse?

    This tooth was found diving off of Venice - we also found this nice, full horse tooth (in the background). The one I'm holding seems so much bigger than a usual horse tooth - could it be from some different mammal?
  14. Here are my most recent finds from a trip out to Venice Beach. I found a large variation of color of sharks teeth and bone fragments. I also found a small piece of what appears to be some type of equine tooth, a small unknown possibly reptilian tooth, a vertebra, and some other odds and ends. This beach has a very wide variation of fossils and we had a great time hunting. A big thanks goes to JCBShark for lending some gear and giving me a piece of meg to take to my daughter! She was thrilled.
  15. Bone or tooth?

    We found this in the surf at Casey Key today. About 3" long and very heavy. Any ideas what it might be?
  16. Hi everyone I am new to the forum and just got back Saturday from the Ernst Quarry for Shark Teeth here in California. Headed to Florida on the 15th to hunt fossils. Would love to find a Meg but the adventure is what is fun! Any suggestions where to go between the 15 th and the 20th would be greatly appreciated. Plan on heading to Venice for a day and then the Peace River. Thanks ahead of time. Here is a picture of my finds from Sat. Mike
  17. Florida part 1

    My wife and I have just returned from a wonderful Florida vacation (actually a continuing education trip). I will use my next 4 posts (Florida 1,2 3, and 4) to help the Florida Division of Tourism persuade northerners/snowbirds to arrange for a vacation here. Florida 1 involves the beaches around Venice Florida. Beautiful! I had a preference for Caspersen Beach, an undeveloped stretch of beach that allows one to see Florida as it may have been before human alterations. Wildlife was plentiful, people were not. My favorite animals were the tortoises that roamed the interior of the narrow island. Most enjoyed a photo op. This one however was a bit shy! For spouses that do not have an interest in fossils this Florida beach provides great shelling or a relaxing place for some sun and a good book or just gawk at the idiots screening for sharks teeth. I was definitely not the only one! However, since this is the fossil forum, I must talk about what is available at Caspersen Beach. The interior of this barrier island is replenished with fossiliferous material, different than what washes up on the beaches. Unfortunately, collecting is NOT allowed here but the tortoises excavate new material daily for all to see and enjoy! I saw a variety of shells and some sharks teeth. I also saw where people have dug massive holes and not reclaimed the dig sites. I am sure this was a big reason for disallowing collecting. As for the beach, fossil material does wash up here and is collectable and keepable. I strongly suggest a sifting utensil to screen through the beach deposits. Walmart sells sand flea rakes for $18.00. Beach shops are more expensive A good investment to assure a pocket full of teeth goes home with you. I had made a screening device at home and packed it in my suit case. It DID significantly outperform flea rakes when the tide was low. Here I am using my home made screen. Floats did not work well with the ocean waves. However the rake worked better in higher water. A typical collection with the sand flea rake: Notice that I spread the material in the rake on the beach where the very last bit of wave can wash and spread the contents enough to allow easy pickings of the teeth. I focused my collecting to the little (1 foot) drop off at the deeper side of the shell wash. In other words, if one slowly walks out into the ocean, you will feel a shelly layer at your feet. Then a sudden small drop off occurs and you now feel a sandy bottom. This change in depth and content was my most productive layer to collect from. So when the tide is high, The log handle of the flea rake allows me to collect without submerging my body using my home made screen. And in February, the ocean is cool even for me. When screening, one never knows what might show up as evidenced here.
  18. Venice Diving (2/21/17-2/23/17)

    I'm taking some time off work and making a road trip down to Florida at the end of the month. I'll be trying to hit several sites along the way but will be in the Venice area sometime between these dates. I'll be doing some shore diving in the mornings if anyone is interested in joining me. I generally dive solo but having the company is nice on those long swims to and from shore. I have a fair amount of experience with these dives so if you have experience or not, you're more than welcome to join. Daniel
  19. Teeth teeth teeth :)

    So my shark teeth collection has grown quite a bit this month. All found in Sarasota-Venice, a lot were found when I was a child, so about 25 years ago. My mom had saved them and just gave them to me. Some were found in the past couple of months.. this is just a few of them I thought might be identifiable. I plan on making some jewelry and I would love to know what they are for sure.. I need to get a good book. I'm sorry I forgot to put something next to them for scaling, it was hard to get a couple of pictures because my son kept pulling them down and putting them on his teeth LolThanks..
  20. Casperan Beach, FL finds

    Hi guys! It's been a while since I've posted here but I wanted to share some of the things we found yesterday out at the beach I know that I have a lot of teeth & stingray parts, but I'm not sure about some of these other bones.. anyone able to make some IDs here? The non-fossil bones were discovered by my husband and he said he thinks they are from a dolphin. I'm interested in finding out info for the photo with 9 items, the brown thing in the center is about one inch for scale. Thanks!
  21. Disney trip in March

    My family and I are taking a trip to Disney March 25_ April 1. One day will be spent at Venice beach. This will be the only day I will be able to hunt shark teeth on this trip. I would like to make it as successful as possible. So any tips or advice for this location would be much appreciated. I plan on getting a sifter while I'm down there. Would snorkeling be worthwhile? Also is there areas where collecting tends to be better. I wish I could go to the Peace, but that will remain a dream for now. Thank-you Dave
  22. shark teeth- one old, one new

    Hi guys, I am hoping someone can ID at least one of these! I posted the larger one in a group the other day but I figured I might have better luck with these pics! If someone can ID either of these I would appreciate it! Thanks!
  23. Super duper day :)

    Made an impromptu trip to Venice today.. Managed to pick up a couple of teeth, even though there were a lot of people collecting.. any ideas?
  24. I will be in the Tampa and Venice area 10/26 -11/1. My husband is not really a water guy so I was wondering about any club trips or options to go on a fossil hunting trip on land. Any help would be much appreciated. Please PM if you'd like to keep info private. thanks so much!
  25. ID help please - Caspersen, FL

    Hi all, this is my first post! I found these on Caspersen beach, Florida - any clues as to what they may be? My newbie instincts say the brown one may be dugong rib bone and the black one a whale vertebrae? Thanks for any helpful replies!