Beach Diving: Caspersen Beach and Venice Municipal Beach are the best locations for finding shark’s teeth in the southwest Florida coastal area. This area is maintained as a natural preserve for nesting sea turtles so the beaches are pristine. The sand is very fine and snowy white. Caspersen beach is the longest beach in Sarasota County. There are many fossils, shells, and shark’s teeth on the beach and ocean floor. Tropical storms and tide currents continually turn over the bottom of the ocean revealing an abundance of natural treasures. Boat Charter Services: Boat Diving is also available. The dive takes place a half mile off shore in 20-30 feet of water. Divers have been known to even find Megalodon teeth. These giant shark’s teeth are impressive in size and of great historic interest as they are around 2 and a half million years old. When searching for these items look for dark clay patches on the ocean floor. This dive is great for all levels of experience.
Recommended equipment: fine mesh bag for fossils and shells, compass for navigation, dive flag for safety.
Parking: Parking is metered. You will need coins.
Visibility: The gulf presents an ever-changing environment so visibility in the Gulf can be challenging. When planning a gulf dive, it is advised to check with local dive shops or www.noaa.gov to assess conditions. Morning dives are generally the best.
Recommended PADI Specialties: Boat diving, Navigation diving.