Have you ever been shark teeth hunting? It is definitely addicting! I got hooked when I first moved to North Carolina. NC beaches are the first beaches I’ve been to that are uncombed. In Maryland and Delaware they comb the beaches with man-made machines and (in my mind) strip the beach of all of her natural treasure. Onslow Beach (located on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune) is my favorite place to go shark teeth hunting. Nora loves it too! All I have to do is give her a plastic bag and she will spend hours filling it with shells, rocks and even sand (Yes, she is known for scooping handfuls of sand into her bag).
Garrett and I recently had some Nora free time thanks to my friend Sarah. We were thinking of going on a ‘gym date’ like our pre-Nora days but as we approached the turn for the gym my pregnant body was NOT in the mood to work out. The road in front of us (also the road to the beach) was calling my name. I said, “Let’s go to the beach instead!” My husband looked slightly shocked but he’s always willing to participate in my crazy plans and we continued straight towards the beach.
Ten minutes later when we got out on the beach I realized exactly how cold it was at the beach. I also realized how improperly my husband was dressed. I at least had sweatpants and a sweatshirt (when the weather definitely called for a winter coat or wind breaker). Garrett, however, had on shorts and a t-shirt. We decided that since we were already there we’d look for shark teeth for a little bit and then go home. When we walked up to the beach we found the biggest pile of rocks! The perfect place to shark teeth hunt! The laws of physics are totally in play on the beach –meaning- the beach puts objects of the same weight/size together so if you find a big pile of rocks chances are there are big shark teeth.
Garrett and I hurried towards the shark teeth and began looking. We started finding some awesome shark teeth right off the bat. It was so exciting! Before I knew it twenty minutes had passed and I hadn’t even noticed the cold. Garrett and I were going to leave but my shark tooth addiction convinced him we needed to look for at least ten to fifteen minutes more. Another woman was shark tooth hunting nearby and Garrett wandered off down the beach a little further. A few minutes later Garrett came back with the biggest shark tooth I have ever seen. When the woman next to me saw it she exclaimed, “You totally planted that!” Little does she know he didn’t even know he was going to go to the beach that day!
What’s your coolest beach find?