Although Venice is considered to be the place to go for shark teeth on the Gulf Coast, it doesn’t mean that is the only place to go. Another beach that is just a bit to the south of Venice Beach is Caspersen Beach. The unique thing about Caspersen Beach, Florida is that it is not as populated or as well known as Venice Beach, but it shares the same geography that makes it loaded with shark teeth!
During high tide, there is actually not a lot of beach available at Caspersen Beach, FL. A road travels parallel to the beach, which has a pier on one end. Next to this road is a steep, rocky bank that slopes down to the actual sand. These large rock formations can be found on the beach, buried in the sand and even in the ocean itself. As a result, care needs to be taken in this area because it is easy to fall over these rocks if you’re not paying attention to where you are walking.
Caspersen Beach offers the same shark teeth hunting and diving opportunities, although there are generally less people at this beach. As a result, it’s usually easier to find more shark teeth here, especially the hard-to-find megalodon teeth that are highly sought after in this area.
At the very least, it’s important to have a sand scoop when you’re hunting for shark teeth on the beach. Simply walk up to the point where the water is breaking on the beach and find the line of shells. This is a great place to start looking for shark teeth. Scoop up some of this sand and sift out the contents in the water. It’s generally easiest to shake the basket while it is still submerged in the water until all of the small sand and debris has been washed away. It’s important to be careful not to submerge the basket too much during this process or else the contents can be swept away by an incoming wave.
The now sifted and cleaned contents of the sand scoop basket can be walked to a nearby spot on the beach that is safe from waves. Dump out the basket and look through the shells for shark teeth. Although it’s difficult to find large, whole megalodon teeth with this strategy, you can literally fill a plastic baggy full of shark teeth in a single afternoon on Caspersen Beach in Florida.
Diving for megalodon teeth is fairly common off the coast of Caspersen Beach, FL, although Venice Beach is more well known for this activity. Ocean scuba diving is only for trained, certified and experienced divers, but those who are qualified can find this to be an extremely rewarding hobby. Some people have even turned diving for megalodon shark teeth into a career, since large teeth from Carcharodon megalodon that are in perfect condition can be worth $10,000 or more.
Since the actual slope of the land under the ocean off of Caspersen Beach is very similar to that of Venice Beach, it is possible to free dive for megalodon teeth here, although proper equipment and experience is still necessary. In general, the ocean floor is about 20-30 feet down in the areas where megalodon teeth are most commonly found. The bad news is that visibility is fairly limited in this part of the ocean, so you may want to expect only 5 feet of visibility while diving.
Caspersen Beach is located south of Venice near the airport, which is technically in Englewood, FL near Sarasota.