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Found Huge Tooth(?) On Florida Beach

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foundsomething

I found this on a Florida beach after weeks of storms and cold. It's huge! The picture is taken on a full-size dinner plate.

I don't know if its a fossil or even a tooth for sure but it looks like a huge (almost 7 inches long) tooth. It appears to have a tooth root followed by a long spear-like tooth. I assume that if it is a tooth it must be a fossil because I don't know of any animal alive today with teeth that large (though I'll admit I'm not gifted in biology).

Does anybody know what this is?

Thanks!

Confused in Florida.

PS. I tried to attach a photo, don't know if it worked or not.

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kauffy

pic worked fine, certainly looks like a tooth to me! :huh:

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Gatorman

Welcome to the forum, not sure what you have there, a larger more detailed picture would help and a few of different angles would also be great. It doesn't appear to be a fossil or a tooth, at least not to me from the picture provided. Maybe someone else will know, was this on the east coast or west coast of Florida?

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diggerdan

It looks like the dorsal fin spine from a Gaff Top Sail catfish to me but I have never seen one that large. Pretty cool!!

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Harry Pristis

I concur, probably a fish spine, perhaps dorsal (which would have bilateral symmetry) or a pectoral (which is unlikely to be bilaterally symmetrical).

It's possible that this is a neural process from a vertebra of a large fish (which would be bilaterally symmetrical).

More images are necessary to say just what it is.

-------Harry Pristis

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foundsomething

Dorsal fin spine? Hmm...maybe. Probably more likely than some unknown animal with giant tooth, I suppose ;)

I'm on the east coast of Florida, Anson.

Thanks for the input guys.

Unfortunately I only have my cell phone camera so pics are probably not going to get much better.

Thanks again!

:D

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Harry Pristis
Dorsal fin spine? Hmm...maybe. Probably more likely than some unknown animal with giant tooth, I suppose ;)

I'm on the east coast of Florida, Anson.

Thanks for the input guys.

Unfortunately I only have my cell phone camera so pics are probably not going to get much better.

Thanks again!

:D

You didn't say what sort of symmetry the item has! Can it be divided in half along any plane through the length of the object so that both halves will be identical??

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Guest Cris

I don't know, guys.... That is still WAY too big to be a catfish spine. I suppose the neural process from a large vertebra could be that size... But we're talking a huuuuge fish.. It's too bad there's not a way to get better pictures..

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diggerdan

Could be a dragon tooth!!

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foundsomething

it's not perfectly symmetrical. I'm still not sure what it is. Anybody familiar with Brevard County, Florida and know of somewhere I can take it to be identified? Also what do you think about me putting somekind of gloss on it? It's probably not a shark tooth but it's the closest thing I could think to look up on how to treat it and some websites said if you find a shark tooth to soak it in bleach and water and then spray some kind of clear paint gloss on it to seal it and keep it sanitary and from smelling. :P

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Guest solius symbiosus

If you do "coat" it with something, just make sure it is not varnish, urethane, or lacqueur. Those are organic compounds that invite micro-organisms to "munch away".

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Gatorman

You could take it to an ichthyologist at a local university if they have one or a marine biologist may know Its from a fish most likely.

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foundsomething

Thanks Solis, I didn't know that.

Anson, I probably will end up having to take it to one of the local colleges. To be honest I feel a little silly going onto an unknown college campus with a giant tooth looking for someone to identify it but maybe I can find a prof through e-mail that will look at it.

Anyway, thanks again. :D

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