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Best Tips for Finding Shark Teeth in Myrtle Beach

  By  Nora Battle

Discover the Thrill of Finding Shark Teeth at Myrtle Beach This Spring

While the waters might still be chilly for swimming, the cooler season offers a perfect opportunity to embark on a unique treasure hunt along the sandy shores of Myrtle Beach—searching for shark teeth. Here are some expert tips to enhance your chances of discovering these ancient relics during your next visit.

Prime Locations for Shark Teeth Hunting

Shark teeth are predominantly found along the central stretch of Myrtle Beach, from 50th Avenue North down to 10th Avenue South. Additionally, the quieter beaches of Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island are also known for yielding these fossilized treasures.

Identifying Shark Teeth

Contrary to common belief, shark teeth aren’t always white. While fresh from a shark's mouth they may appear pearly white, over time they fossilize and turn black, acquiring a shiny gloss from constant tumbling in the ocean waves.

Best Times to Search

Although you can hunt for shark teeth at any time, your chances improve significantly during high tide. As the tide rolls in, it brings with it various oceanic debris, including shark teeth, which are often nestled in shell beds. The movement of the tide over these beds can help reveal the coveted black, shiny teeth.

Recognizing a Shark Tooth

Many beachcombers find black objects and assume they’ve found a shark tooth. To confirm your find, check for distinctive ridges and a gum line near the top of the tooth. Shark teeth are also notoriously durable, so they're not easily broken.

Enjoy Endless Exploration

With over 60-miles of uninterrupted shoreline, you can walk for miles and miles exploring a variety of beaches in search of shark's teeth to take home as your souvenir!

We hope these tips and tricks help you find the elusive sharks’ teeth to bring home with you – a reminder that The Beach is always waiting for you to come back and visit again!


Nora Battle

As a lifelong South Carolinian and nearly lifelong Grand Strand resident, Nora Battle knows there is lots to love about the Myrtle Beach area. She is a full-time stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 3 and 6 months, and a part time travel contributor for Visit Myrtle Beach. She’s passionate about all things Myrtle Beach, and knowledgeable about what makes the destination such a smart choice for families. Nora especially enjoys dining out, bargain hunting, and spending time outdoors adventuring with her children, husband (also a Grand Strand native) and her two dogs.