Carolina Beach Fossils’ Hunter Mooney recently discovered an eye, or rather a jaw, opening a shark’s tooth off the North Carolina coast.
Mooney, a keen water sports enthusiast, was diving about 40 miles offshore at the infamous “Meg Ledge” – a dive site known for its abundance of prehistoric shark teeth when he found the tooth.
Hunter Says Reef Outdoors:
“I’ve been out there, you know, doing my thing and looking for teeth and not finding much. I was nearing the end of the dive when I saw this big old shape in the sand.
I used my hand to fan out the top layer of sand and just started screaming into my regulator…that beautiful tooth was staring at me…that thing was huge!”
Mooney completed his dive and brought the tooth to the surface. The official measurement was 6.9 inches, setting North Carolina state’s record for the largest shark tooth ever found in the state.
It is said that each inch of a tooth is approximately 10 feet of shark.
So do the math: a 7 inch tooth is probably from a…drum roll please…. 70 foot shark.
That’s like… 2 school buses… or 4 giraffes… or… the height of the White House.
It’s hard to imagine, but luckily for the beach-goers out there, we no longer have megalodon sharks. But their fossils have yet to be found, studied, and valued.
When asked what he does with the teeth he finds, Mooney says he likes to give them away to close friends and family and sell them through his business: Carolina Beach Fossils — a business he owns and shares with his sister Kristen Mooney operates.
A talented metalsmith, Kristen loves turning teeth into jewelry, making shark tooth earrings, necklaces and even bolo ties.
Yes, you heard that right…shark tooth bolo ties. This is country fashion… with a bite.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/08/16/north-carolina-diver-unearths-record-breaking-prehistoric-shark-tooth/ North Carolina Diver Unearths Record Breaking Prehistoric Shark Tooth