How to find megalodon teeth

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How to find megalodon teeth
You can find megalodon tooth fossils in the sediment along the coast's shallow waters. (megalodon tooth image by Falk from

Searching for megalodon teeth takes knowing how and where to look for these ancient shark tooth artefacts. River beds, ocean shores and generally any shallow water areas along the coast make excellent places to begin your search. You can find megalodon teeth by digging and sifting through the sediment with a small shovel and a sifting screen.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Sifting screen
  • Bucket

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  1. 1

    Get into the water with the bucket, shovel and sifting screen. Stay within the shallow areas of the waters.

  2. 2

    Gather sand and sediment with the shovel and pour it into the filtering screen. Dig through the sediment in varying places to find the best places to look. Leave the sifting screen at water level.

  3. 3

    Shake the sifting screen gently to rid the contents of sand. The water will extract the sand contents from the filtering screen.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a megalodon tooth artefact left in the sifting screen contents. This step may take some time to complete, for finding a prehistoric tooth may take many attempts.

  5. 5

    Place the megalodon tooth artefacts in the bucket.

Tips and warnings

  • Try different locations, for some may give more yield than others. The shores of the southern states in the U.S. have been proven to be great looking places.
  • See Resources for a site that gives you verified locations for finding shark teeth and prehistoric fossils.

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