Sharks Teeth Fossils

Sharks Teeth Fossils

by | Apr 19, 2022

Long ago, the oceans were filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures. Ginormous sharks, colossal crocodiles, and king-sized snails ruled the seas. At Bracklesham Bay, you can find evidence of the real-life creatures that swam in the oceans millions of years ago. Go digging in the sand and you might find shells, coral, fossils, and even shark teeth which are 46 million years old!

Sharks are always chomping and biting fish, so their teeth fall out and they have to grow more — just like we do! The teeth wobble out and land at the bottom of the sea. Under the sea at Bracklesham, there is lots of sticky, smooth clay. The teeth get stuck in the clay, and over time, they become fossils.

Sharks’ teeth and other exciting fossils have been stuck in the clay for over 46 million years. When a huge wave breaks the clay, the fossils are set free and waves wash them onto the sand. And there they stay, just waiting for you to find them!

Millions of years ago, when a tooth was in a shark’s mouth, it would have been white – just like yours! But when you find it on the beach, it will be black and shiny. Remember, the tooth has been stuck under the sea for millions of years. Over time, the ocean floor has stained it black and turned it into a fossil!

 

“Sharks’ teeth and other exciting fossils have been stuck in the clay for over 46 million years.”

 

Next time there is a windy day or a big storm, the big waves will set free some sharks teeth from the sticky clay. To find them, go down to Bracklesham beach the next day!

To find some sharks’ teeth, you need to go to Bracklesham beach when the tide is low. This means that the water won’t be on the stones — it’ll be far away, so you can walk on the sand. Ask an adult to look online and check when the tide is low. They will also need to come with you to keep you safe when you hunt for fossils!

You can take an old sieve with you, and a little spade to dig in the sand. Fill up your sieve with sand and gently wash it in the water. If you have found a sharks’ tooth, it will get stuck in your sieve. You could also find a mermaid’s purse — this is not a fossil, but it is what sharks and their cousins use to lay their eggs. They say that mermaids use them to carry their shells around!

You can also find teeth from another type of sea creature — beautiful rays, the cousins of stingrays! Ray teeth look like tiny combs stuck in the sand. Or, you might find some beautiful shells from snails that were alive millions of years ago!

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