Shark teeth are identified by analyzing the size, shape and texture of a tooth. While most shark teeth are in the shape of a triangle, the length, width and sometimes the edges of a given tooth can be used to identify the species to which a tooth likely belonged.Know More
Shark's teeth are most likely found when tides are out. By the time a tooth has been washed to the shore, the color of the tooth is usually a pearly black. This color is likely to be the first characteristic that catches a collector's eye. Despite the variations among different types of shark's teeth, one can verify whether a found object is a shark's tooth by a triangular shape, smooth point and harsher bottom of the triangle. The rougher base is the part of the tooth that was previously within the gums of the shark. Most shark's teeth are about the size of a man's thumbnail.
Once an object is designated as a shark's tooth, a collector can correlate the tooth with a specific species. One of the most common types of teeth found on American beaches are from a sand shark. Teeth from a sand shark are long, with the smooth part of triangle comprising most of the tooth. The bottom, rougher base of the triangle of a sand shark's tooth is particularly curved, forming a "Y" type triangle. Teeth from a bull shark are also rather common on American beaches. A tooth from a bull shark is much wider and not very long. Less common are tiger shark teeth, which can be identified by how much larger the rougher base of the tooth is than the comparatively small tip of the tooth.Learn more about Sharks
Sand tiger sharks have 44 to 48 upper teeth and 41 to 46 lower teeth, so they can have anywhere from 85 to 94 teeth in total. The front teeth are long and jagged and can be seen even when the shark's mouth is shut. Many of the sand tiger shark's teeth are small and are located in the back corners of its mouth.Full Answer >
Venice, Fla, is considered the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Specifically, Venice Beach is known for the abundance of shark teeth that can be found on its shores.Full Answer >
There are numerous discrepancies over the size of the largest great white ever caught, but the Canadian Shark Research Center claims that the largest, accurately measured great white shark was caught in 1988 off Prince Edward Island and was a length of 20 feet. Other recorded shark captures seem to be exaggerated or miscalculated, according to scientists who study marine life.Full Answer >
Bees are identified based on size, behavior and appearance. For instance, bumble bees and carpenter bees run 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. Bumble bees are black and yellow. Male carpenter bees are black, and females are tan. This type of bee has little hair and is shiny.Full Answer >