Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Shark Teeth at Topsail Island, NC

Last summer, Pierce's Pre-K teacher wrote him a letter about vacationing on Topsail Island, and how it was very special.  She's been going for over twenty years.  We thought it sounded neat, and last January booked a townhouse rental.  Three weeks before we left, NC started having issues on their beaches with shark attacks.  Then two days before we left, an 8 year old boy was attacked on Topsail by a tiger shark, and he was only knee deep in the ocean.

We decided to play it safe and only get in at the ankles.  It didn't spoil our fun, though.  I have many pictures to share with you in upcoming posts.  But first, check out all the shark teeth I found!
My friend, Ginger, told me that as a kid she filled up an entire cigar box with shark teeth from Topsail Island.  I didn't get that many, but I had a splendid time searching for the ones I did find, and I ended up with a grand total of 24.

Although I am not scared of sharks, I did use caution and avoid doing anything further than wading in the ocean this time around.  How about you, readers?  How do you feel about sharks?

26 comments:

Vision By Mila said...

I would certainly stay away from the waters! I've read about the attacks, though I don't remember the location. Terrible anyway.

Linda E said...

I am with you...ankle deep would be as far as I would go. Weird how many sharks and attacks are being had this summer. Dont remember it ever being this bad. However, hope your enjoyed your time there.

Out on the prairie said...

I surfed in N CA where they have great whites. That is one I wouldn't trust. Scary when their food supply has been depleted and they search where they have never been. Suppose this is a man made problem by over fishing?

Harry Flashman said...

Over the years, I was stationed on and off at Camp Lejeune. Top Sail Island is just down the road and I spent a lot of time there. It was very beautiful in the 1970's, not much construction, just a few little beach shops and the odd beach house. I remember picking up sharks teeth there back then.

Montanagirl said...

That's very neat! I'm glad you got to go. I guess I'd be afraid of the Sharks, but sharks belong in the ocean, and sometimes there's conflicts between them and people.

Chatty Crone said...

That is really cool - brings back memories of my Andy finding them!

Michaele said...

That is a really neat find! Who knew they'd be black?

Sally said...

Now that you mention it, I'd probably be afraid! You got some nice teeth though, and I look forward to more pics. :)

xoxo

Linda said...

Our dearest friend Bonnie B. had a beach house on Top Sail and collected hundreds of shark teeth. She shared them with our son and taught him how to search the beach for them every morning we were visiting her there. That was 20 years ago, but we have fond memories of Bonnie and the beach. Thanks for reminding me. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

TexWisGirl said...

it is fun to search. i did that in venice, fla one year. :)

Endah Murniyati said...

That's so interesting. I live on the mountain's leg and so rare to go to the beach. I have never known that shark's teeth are black like it. As long as I know in our tropical sea, shark is so rare here.

Lin said...

Lately...I'd be weary of sharks. There are just too many attacks lately. I'm glad you used caution and did not go in too far.

I remember my mom finding a shark's tooth in S.C., but it was white. Are certain shark's teeth black?

Slamdunk said...

We were in NC not far from you. I just assume sharks and everything else are around when entering the water, so I try to play the odds--avoid early morning and early evening, and remove all of the beef jerky wrappers from my pockets before diving in.

We had the kids in just below their wastes. I was ordered to stand out deeper and keep watch (call me expendable) --oddly there were lots of "skates" in the waves which I have never seen there before.

mail4rosey said...

Hmm, yeah, sharks are not a fave. I do think they're fascinating/cool though. The teeth are a great find.

Huai Bin said...

How interesting!

I've never ever seen shark's teeth before (and there are sharks where I used to live in Kota Kinabalu) - just never washed up on the beach like that.

I don't have a fear of sharks (am afraid of spiders instead) and have swum with them before (once in KK and once in Australia) - they're quite docile in general, even in the wild they're not likely to attack people unprovoked. I was just in SCUBA gear and nothing else (no shark cage) but these are not great whites or the more aggressive ones though.

The shark teeth would make a nice pendant or necklace. :)

troutbirder said...

I'm not bothered by them at all never having been in the ocean!

troutbirder said...

I'm not bothered by them at all never having been in the ocean!

Sharon Wagner said...

I've always wanted to find shark teeth on the beach and never have. I ran into someone that had jars of them once.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

When I was a child, we lived in Panama on the air force base. My parents took us kids swimming often and I will never forget the shark nets that were out a certain distance in the water to protect the swimmers. I never saw a shark, but I always feared them when swimming. Since then, I have only gone swimming in the gulf during a trip to Florida ..not sure I would be brave enough to go where I knew sharks were attacking. What fun to find all those teeth. I'm glad y'all had a good time.

eileeninmd said...

The shark sightings have been scary lately. I would be like you and only get in the water ankle deep. The shark teeth are a cool find! Happy weekend!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It looks like a lot of sharks teeth to me.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I visited Topsail Island many years ago. It was a nice, quiet beach, and I enjoyed it. Sharks? I think they're beautiful creatures, but I wouldn't want to chance coming in contact with one!

alissa apel said...

I'm surprised you found that many. I just wouldn't think they'd be laying about. What do I know? I'm from the midwest. HA HA

Michael Manning said...

I've watched specials on cable TV about marine biologists tagging certain species of sharks. I regard them with the same trepidation I have about snakes!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

My daughter found that tooth and we can't figure out what kind of fish it came from it kind of looks like one of the ones in your picture. I wonder if it's a shark tooth

Annette said...

Wow. I can't believe you found real shark teeth on the beach! I'm glad you played it safe. I am not a fan or sharks or swimming in the ocean. I LOVE the ocean (from the beach), but after getting stung by jelly fish and having some other close "encounters," I enjoy admiring the ocean by taking long walks or maybe by parasailing, but that's about it! Sharks are fascinating (as long as they're behind a glass wall)!