Myrtle Beach Shark Teeth. Finding Fossilised Black Shark Teeth.

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We pulled into Myrtle Beach, South Carolina last night and headed straight for the beach for the boys to have a run around. They do amazingly well in the car, we’d had a relatively short drive by our standards, around 5 hours of sitting still. Those little limbs needed to move. Myrtle Beach is beautiful! A long stretch of fine sand studded with shells, a jetty punctuating the view and making for great photos. As usual, we’d done zero research, we stopped here because we’d noticed there were loads of cheap hotel deals to be had. I quite enjoy this sort of unplanned travel, each stop is a new discovery, no plans or expectations. What we found here, handfuls of black, fossilised sharks’ teeth, was an added bonus and a thrill for the kids.

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Myrtle Beach at sunset. Beautiful!

The kids ran and played in the warm afternoon sunshine. Local people walked, but why were so many of them standing in the shallows looking at the water?

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One of the reasons we quit the real world to travel!

We ignored them at first. Local crazies? Searching for shellfish to eat? No idea. Eventually my curiosity got the better of me, so I asked.

This is what they were finding.

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Sharks teeth. Myrtle Beach shark teeth. Myrtle Beach is a great place to find them.

Myrtle Beach Shark Teeth.

Loads of them!

In all my years of living on Four Mile Beach, Australia, I have never, ever found one. This is really unusual!

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But why on earth are the Myrtle Beach shark teeth black? Surely they should be white. It turns out that these are fossilised sharks’ teeth and Myrtle Beach is a well know fossil and sharks’ teeth hunting area. I Googled, I found this post on how to best find teeth at Myrtle Beach.

They came in all shapes and sizes, there were a lot of hooked, pointy teeth like the ones above, but we did manage to find one very large, triangular serrated tooth. Our best fossilised shark tooth ever. But I lost it. Duh!

Being a zoologist I get all excited about working out which shark they came from. See how the homeschooling  (AKA worldschooling) is happening here?

So what did we do with our sharks teeth? The boys put them under their pillows, they hope the tooth fairy will stop by.

We’ll be straight back down the beach after breakfast to find more.

How To Find Sharks’ Teeth at Myrtle Beach?

You need to stand in the shallows at Myrtle Beach and primarily look for the teeth in the shallow water as each small wave laps the shore.

You will be standing in the water, there are a lot of shell fragments and, shark teeth, so if possible wear water-resistant shoes to protect your feet.

We did this barefoot and had no problems.

You will simply spot the teeth and grab them, agitating the sand somewhat may help too. A long-handled sieve or net may help you grab the shark teeth when you spot them.

You will need to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen and a hat.

Larger shark teeth are most likely to be in places where larger marine debris accumulates, look for piles of large shell fragments.

Of course, the teeth could be anywhere on the beach or in the sand, but we found all of ours in the shallows. Happy shark tooth hunting!

Where to Stay in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach has plenty of hotels, motels, and apartments to choose from. The beachfront Dunes Village could be a great option with kids or for an affordable family vacation, as it offers family rooms and suites plus extensive water play facilities for small children. Take a look at the facilities here.

Myrtle Beach was just one stop on our extended USA road trip, if you’d like to read more about our journey and the fascinating places we visited, you’d need this post on Planning a USA road trip. We hope you found this glimpse of Myrtle beach and finding fossilised shark teeth interesting, another glimpse into this big, fascinating world.

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About the author
Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

21 thoughts on “Myrtle Beach Shark Teeth. Finding Fossilised Black Shark Teeth.”

  1. Hi! We’re in MB now for spring break. Where were you that you found these??

  2. Any idea what kind of shark this one is from? I found it today, am currently vacationing in north myrtle beach around ocean Annie’s beachfront live musical outdoor watering hole

  3. Nice Post Alyson! Myrtle beach is one of our favorite family destination in South Carolina. We’ve been there a couple of times and we never get tired of going back! The beaches on the grand stand are marvelous and the shows on Medieval Times is entertaining.

  4. Hi Alyson!
    Your posts are really great to read, like listening to you talk, I guess? Love the honesty and so much to see and read, I started reading but will have to work my way through the whole blog bit by bit. Nice to see some places we have been and many we haven’t but are on the to go list. Like Australia, never been yet, so looking forward to see it. Anyway, thanks for sharing! Maureen

  5. Who knew!? I sure didn’t. I grew up going to Myrtle Beach every summer and never knew it was a great place for sharks teeth. All I ever found was jellyfish! Enjoy your time in my home state.

  6. That’s super cool! I’ve got quite a nice collection of fossilized sharks teeth myself. My favorites are the large ones (I was lucky enough to have acquired 3!). Continue to have a great time in Myrtle Beach, such a wonderful place it is! 🙂

  7. Hey! I think I figured it out. Aha! Right after I typed “my state” I added a couple if emoji icons from my keyboard (palmetto tree and sea oats on the dunes) —— and from that point forward, the rest of the msg got chopped off.

    We are about 5 hrs away in the NW corner of our state, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mtns. And, I love Myttle Beach! It’s touristy but beautiful and so much fun. We usually go a few days every Spring when I have to have sun & sand. =)

    So, there is so much for you to do there…and traveling straight south on 17 takes you to Charleston — a can’t miss destination — then onto Savannah, and there is so much in between. I love that area of the state/country.

    I’m so jealous of you right now. Our family has the plague — ahem, the flu — so I could use a coastal re-boot. 🙂

    So lesson learned on those little emoji icons.

    • When I was in grade school, a friend gave me a cows tooth. I too thought about the tooth fairy. I put it under my pillow looking for a large amount of money since it was much bigger than my baby teeth. Next morning the tooth was gone and a quart of milk was in my bed,


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