Sunday, April 29, 2012

Teeth Cleaning

The Shark Teeth cleaned up nicely.

The before pictures show them covered with a pink coral coating.

A day-long soak in a vinegar bath dissolved the coating, and that which remained could be rubbed off and you can see the bubbles from the reaction of the vinegar with the coral:

The end result:

Quite the difference from how they were found and they cleaned up nicely. The blade faces of the teeth are nice and smooth, and the serrated edge of the Great White's tooth is clearly visible now.


Bob said...

I used to find all sorts of fossils in Florida as a boy, in Hogtown Creek, which meandered through the city of Gainesville. The sharks' teeth we found were usually highly polished without much wear, as the creek would constantly wash new ones out of the soil. I once found a megalodon tooth the size of my palm, with cutting edges that were scary sharp.

Aaron said...


Very cool indeed. I'll have to try some land based shark teeth hunting someday. The teeth I found were also still pretty sharp once the coral was removed.

I didn't find any Meg teeth on the dive but another diver found a partial Meg tooth. Its all luck of the draw and some days you find them and others not so much.

Apparently off of North Carolina there's a site about 100 feet deep with some very large Megaladon teeth, of course with about a 20 minute max bottom time you don't have a lot of time to search.

I did find a ton of Manatee bones though as well as the shark teeth.