“Oh my God, like I said, I felt like I was a lottery winner or something,” Denny Bland, one of several beachgoers who found massive shark teeth, told local NBC affiliate WITN.
Bland had just found a Megalodon tooth. Since the beginning of October, several dozen shark teeth have been found on a stretch of beach in Surf City, North Carolina. Check out the size of some of these teeth in the tweet below.
— Lauren Rautenkranz (@WeatherLauren) October 22, 2015
According to experts, the bigger ones (about the size of your hand) are Megalodon teeth. Megalodons were a prehistoric species of shark that lived between 16 and 2.6 million years ago. That means a few lucky beach goers have a sweet souvenir that dates back millions of years.
The size of the Megalodon teeth also gives scientists a general idea of how big they were. Scientists believe every inch of tooth translates to 10 feet of shark size. That tooth on the bottom left (above tweet) would translate to about a 50-foot long shark.
Why the sudden surge in shark teeth discoveries? Offshore storms over the past few weeks could be responsible.
Lucky for us, the Megalodon is extinct
If I knew there were 50 foot long sharks in the water, I wouldn’t be in it. The good news for us is the Megalodon is extinct. The ‘why’ is still being debated. The two most commonly accepted causes are ocean cooling or a decline in food supply. Some have proposed the idea of new predatory competition, but the other two causes are more probable.
If you find yourself near Surf City, North Carolina soon, take a stroll on the beach. You might just find yourself a piece of ancient history.