Wendy De la Garza
Venice Fl shark tooth hunt
Updated: Feb 27
We visited Caspersen Beach to hunt for shark teeth. This place felt like jumping into a Summer beach novel. The water was clear blue and surrounded by beach dunes covered in Sea Grapes, Beach dune flower, Cabbage Palms, Railroad vine, and Sea Oats. We even saw Prickly Pear Cactus and Gopher Tortoise signs. The beach is inside a nature park with plenty of dry and sandy trails to explore!
There are slippery rocks (but not sharp) on this beach and the surf is on the rough side. The sand is all dark gray from the fossil fragments and got very hot with the sun. For this adventure, I suggest water shoes, snorkel gear for the deeper water areas (and bigger kids only). And SCUBA gear if you want huge teeth. This is the sifter we used. Made in Venice and fun! Watch out for the little cup. It conveniently holds your treasure as it’s collected, but at the very end we lost a few teeth in the water when it spilled. We saw other treasure hunters use a water bottle attached to their sifting device.
This is what we got! Shark teeth plus Stingray barbs plus other bone pieces. We have 1 shark tooth Florida ID guide and we are still working through it. I think we need a bigger collection!
This is what our friends got!
The sifter we used had bigger holes and we lost the super tiny fossils that stayed inside their sifter. For fun, I’d suggest taking a variety of sifters for experimenting. Also, see if you can find a pointy shovel small enough for the beach. If not, plastic child ones work fine. We saw some people using the long metal scoopers with a bucket on the bottom, but I don’t see how they could spot all the teeth through the basket. You still need to dump it somewhere. It’s on our list for purchase even still! After 4 hours we certainly didn’t want to leave and plan to return soon! Maybe arrive at 8 or 9 am for less sun. The parking is also free, but we literally got the last spot at 10:30 am.