Your Guide to Finding Prehistoric Shark's Teeth Near Siesta Key

By Best Western Siesta Key     |       September  8, 2021

When Is the Best Time to Go Hunting for Shark’s Teeth?

As the tide rolls in and out on Caspersen Beach it leaves behind an impressive collection of sediment, shells, rocks, and shark’s teeth. The best time to keep your eyes peeled for shark’s teeth is at low tide after a storm, since the surf is sure to disturb the sand and expose what has been hiding underneath.

What Tools Do You Need For Hunting Shark’s Teeth?

Like any treasure hunt, garden picks and shovels and a bucket to carry your finds are great tools to have during your search for shark’s teeth along the beach. In addition, we recommend picking up a sieve or sifter so you can scoop up a fair amount of sand, sift out the small sediment, and sort through the larger remains.

What Do Shark’s Teeth Look Like?

Shark’s teeth can be fairly easy to decipher between other rocks, shells, and sediment found in the ocean or Gulf of Mexico. They are distinctly triangular, with one long point and two short points at the base, and are likely to be shiny black, similar in color to a piece of coal or onyx.

How Can You Identify Your Collection of Shark’s Teeth?

Once you begin to grow your collection of shark’s teeth, you will quickly realize that shark’s teeth can range in size from ones that are as small as a dime to ones that measure three inches long. To help you identify which sharks’ teeth you have, stop into one of the many local bookstores near Siesta Key and pick up a handy guide for assistance.

Check out "The shark's tooth capital of the world" at Caspersen beach next time you visit Siesta Key.