While the water may be a little too cold for some people right now, it is the perfect time to search for seashells and shark teeth in the sandy coastline. We have a few tricks up our sleeves for finding shark teeth and seashells that will be helpful in your next adventure to The Beach this spring.
First, our easy tricks to find shark teeth. Most shark teeth are found in central Myrtle Beach anywhere between 50th Avenue North all the way down to 10th Avenue South, however, you can also find a few in Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.
Look for Black and Shiny Pieces
A common misconception is that shark teeth are white – and they are white when they fall out, but then turn black from fossilization. They will also be shiny from the water.
Look when the High Tide is Rolling In
Shark teeth can be found at all times of the day, but you may have more luck when the high tide is rolling in, as the waves will carry the shark teeth to shore. Shark teeth are also commonly found along the shell beds when the tide is coming in and rolling over the beds. The rolling tides pull away the sand to reveal the black shiny shark teeth.
How Do You Know It’s a Shark Tooth?
Often people pick something up that looks black and think it's a shark tooth. The best way to tell if it’s a real shark tooth is to see if it has ridges and a gum line near the top. Also, you probably won’t be able to break it as shark teeth are very strong.
Now for some tips on finding seashells. With over 60-miles of uninterrupted shoreline, you can walk for miles and miles exploring a variety of beaches in search of the perfect seashell to take home as your souvenir!
Have the Right Equipment
While all you really need is a bucket or bag to place your seashells in, two other helpful items are a strainer or colander (especially if you are also hunting for sharks’ teeth) and a scoop (if bending over again and again is going to be a challenge). There’s nothing worse when hunting for seashells then finding too many to carry and putting some beauties back!
Go at the Right Time
The best time to look for shells is when the tide is either low or going out. Finding shells can also be more successful after a full moon or a big storm, as the tides are stronger and bring in more shells. Lastly, many people find going early in the morning is helpful because the best shells haven’t been picked over by other beach goers.
Pick a Good Spot
The entire 60 miles of the Grand Strand coast are ideal for beachcombing as the waves continuously bring in new shells. Some of the most popular beaches to hunt for seashells include both state parks - Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. In fact, Huntington Beach State Park offers a guide to seashells in the area at the park office. Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach or Cherry Grove are also perfect places to search for shells as they are usually less crowded.
We hope these tips and tricks help you find the perfect shells and sharks’ teeth to bring home with you – a reminder that The Beach is always waiting for you to come back and visit again!