We decided to take advantage of the long weekend and drive over to Venice, Florida. Venice is a nice little beach town on the West coast of Florida overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Venice is known for beautiful beaches where fossilized shark teeth wash up on the shores.
We headed down on Friday, arriving around 3:00pm. We checked into our room at Inn at the Beach. There aren’t a lot of hotels near the beach in Venice (somewhat rare in Florida to not find many beach hotels) and this one got good reviews. It turned out to be a great choice. It’s right across the street from the beach and the rooms are very clean.
We immediately changed into our swimsuits and hit the beach. We swam and snorkeled. The water was a very comfortable 82 degrees. The surf had kicked up a little with the afternoon wind, making it difficult to see much underwater, but we did see some fish swimming around. They were swimming right around our feet and I assume they were eating little bits of something that got kicked up in the sand as we walked.
After swimming for a while we left the beach for dinner and then came back to watch the sunset.
Saturday morning we drove down to Caspersen Beach, which is a few miles south of Venice. This is supposed to be the best spot for hunting shark teeth. We walked down the beach, alternating between looking on the beach, looking in the surf, and looking in the water. The shark teeth are found among the shells, just laying there waiting to be picked up. It was kind of like playing Where’s Waldo, except Waldo kept changing size and shape. Dream and Faith got really good at finding them in piles of shells. I had better luck finding them in the surf.
Here’s a photo of our findings from Saturday.
The big ones in that picture are about the size of a Quarter. We searched for shark teeth all morning and then ate lunch at Sharky’s on the beach. After lunch we headed back to our hotel room for a shower and a nap. We found some great shark teeth, and Faith wanted to make a shark tooth necklace. I did a little research on the Internet to find out what supplies we’d need, and then drove to a Micheal’s craft store in the neighboring town. We picked up some beads, cording, clasps, wire, and a tool kit.
I wire wrapped the shark teeth while Faith and Dream picked out their favorite beads. We strung them all together and here are the results.
We went back out to Caspersen Beach on Sunday morning and found more shark teeth. Faith was having a great time. She alternated between searching for teeth and swimming along as we walked down the beach. It was a great experience for all of us. It was fun to search for these fossilized shark teeth.
Searching for shark teeth would have been memorable enough, but our weekend also had a few surprises for us. We saw dolphins swimming a few hundred yards offshore. We also saw a manatee swimming in the ocean, something we’ve only ever seen inshore in rivers and springs.
Another surprise were turtle crawls. These were spots where turtles had crawled up on the beach to lay eggs overnight. We could see the tracks in the sand where they crawled.
We also found a starfish tumbling around in the surf. We took a picture and then returned him to the sea.
It was a weekend full of fun experiences that Faith will remember for a long time to come.