Sunday, July 20, 2008

Shark Teeth!

On Sunday, we went to Manasota Beach, about a 45 minute drive from home to collect shark teeth. Most people go to Venice Beach, a little north of Manasota Beach, to collect shark teeth, but our friend, Ali ( we knew her when we attended Harvest Wind Church in MD years ago and now she lives in Sarasota) told us about Manasota Beach. There were fossilized shark teeth EVERYWHERE! We borrowed a neighbor's "Florida snow shovel" to sift through the sand and shells to find the teeth, but we also found many of them just walking down the beach! It was kind of funny to see so many people stooped over and sifting through the sand, but we all had the same idea! I gathered quite a few really colorful shells for my shell jar too. This beach was especially cool because it wasn't rocky like Venice Beach, so we could also swim when we got too hot. We had a really fun day... despite one very tired (and cranky) little six year old who went to bed late and was up early at a sleepover birthday party...and two brothers who initially were very competitive in the shark-teeth-collecting department! We have done something new and interesting nearly every single weekend since we moved here!

This is how we spent most of the day!

Jonah got really good with the "Florida snow shovel!"

The boys worked together really well! We also used a colander to sift the sand.



Midwest Mommy said...

Oh that looks like so much fun...

Steph said...

it was! we'll definitely go back again...and again when we have visitors! when we vacationed in north carolina when we lived up north, it was rare that you found a shark's tooth!

Amy said...

That is amazing! I would love to search for shark teeth!

Ali said...

I'm soooo glad you took my advice to go to Manasota! It reminds me so much of when Josh was that age! We spent many a weekend hunting for the most unusual teeth. We still have a ton - and a prized big one. Happy hunting!