Teeth from Ancient Shark Wash Up on North Carolina Coast
To the coast of North Carolina, where giant shark teeth from an extinct species have been washing up on several beaches.
Experts say rainy weather and beach nourishment projects are unearthing the fossils from the ocean floor. Stacia Strong reports.
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GIANT TEETH...BELONGING TO AN EVEN BIGGER ANIMAL---THAT'S WHAT'S BEING FOUND ALONG THE BEACHES IN NORTH TOPSAIL AND SURF CITY IN ONLSOW COUNTY RECENTLY.
(Cynthia Crane, Aurora Fossil Museum Director) "Megalodon was this large humongous shark that roamed the ancient sea ways in the Miocene and Pliocene time mainly mid Miocene to Pliocene which was about 15 million to 5 million years ago."
TAKE A LOOK AT THESE PHOTOS, THIS SHARK'S TOOTH WAS FOUND RECENTLY AT NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH...AND IT ISN'T THE ONLY ONE.
(Denny Bland, Found megalodon tooth) "oh my god like is said i felt like i was a lottery winner or something i was like oh my god i'm the first one to touch that since it fell out of it's mouth or whatever back in the day."
EXPERTS SAY DREDGING FOR BEACH RE NOURISHMENT COMBINED WITH THE RECENT RAINS HAVE UNEARTHED THESE ANCIENT FOSSILS.
(Cynthia Crane, Aurora Fossil Museum Director) "It's nice to see them and it's nice to have people finding and discovering fossil's because it helps with our past and our record of paleontology of North Carolina."
BEACH GOERS HERE IN NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH SAY FINDING SHARK TEETH IS EASY...BUT FINDING A MEGALODON TOOTH IS SOMETHING THAT COMPARES TO NOTHING ELSE.