How to Find Shark Teeth, Seashells, Fossils and More on Topsail Island
Let the treasure hunt begin!
Blackbeard's gold is probably not going to turn up today, but if you set your sights on uncovering some of nature's bounty, look no further than Topsail Island! Our shores are ripe for the picking, especially at low tide or after a windy, swirly storm.
If you love to make Topsail your vacation destination every year, it just makes sense that you learn more about the treasures you can find along our beautiful beaches (read our blog about why it's always a good idea to learn something new).
Here, we will show you some of the most common finds that wash up on Topsail Island.
Hunting for shark teeth is surprisingly addictive! Topsail Island is the perfect place to search because our tides bring in new finds every single day. Because sharks are constantly losing and replacing their teeth, one shark might lose thousands in his lifetime!
Here is a list of some of the more common species that wash up on the shore. And while your eyes will become trained to spot the tiny, more common teeth… don’t forget to look out for the rare but magical larger shark teeth you can really write home about!
A few tips about shark tooth hunting: At first, it might seem really hard to spot a tooth. Some are very, very tiny and it takes a trained eye to see them! Often, children are better at this than adults. But with time and experience you will spot them more and more quickly as you sift through a handful of sand and shells.
We recommend purchasing a small sifter to help you work. It should have a very fine mesh that will sift out the sand but not your treasures (something like this works well). A zip-top plastic bag is also useful to gather your finds.
Other commonly found fossils
While searching for shark teeth you are very likely to come across strange looking objects that you know aren't seashells but they aren't shark teeth, either. What the heck are they? Here are some common fossils we have found around Topsail Island:
Every beach has its own collection of shells that are commonly found, and Topsail is no exception! Here are several of North Carolina's most common seashells, each beautiful in their own way.
Don't forget to glance at our blog, All You Need to Have for the Best Shelling on Topsail for awesome tips and suggestions to get the most out of your shelling experience!
More things you will find on Topsail...
Keep an eye out for other critters, creatures, grasses, seaweed and more as you walk along our beaches or fish from our piers.
Topsail Island is home to so many amazing creatures, and families love coming to our beaches to hunt for all of the treasures that come from the sea. Looking for shark teeth or seashells is just one of the many fun (and free) ways our vacationers like to pass the time when they visit.
If you haven't booked your next trip to Topsail Island yet, now is a great time to take a look at our available rentals. Ward Realty would love to help you make memories your family will never forget!
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