We headed to Venice Beach today to look for ourselves...We saw a couple dozen people late in the day today, "panning" for shark teeth...They had special little nets that they were using. Sparky stopped to talk to one of the people, a lady, looking for shells and teeth. She was a very nice lady from Michigan, of all places. She was so helpful on telling us where there were good places to look at the beach. Venice Beach is so popular for shark tooth hunting due to name dropping in the local tourist literature, that it is hard to find any a lot of the time. But she was kind enough to give Sparky a tooth! Sparky thought they would be white, and the newer ones are. Most of the time, the fossilized ones are very dark, and range in shades from brown, gray, and blue to black she said. They look like mini boomerangs.
Apparently, scuba divers can find bigger teeth diving in about 15-20 feet of water off Venice Beach and supply the local shell and tourist shops with ample sharks' teeth. Just off shore, in about 20 feet of water on underwater sea ledges at Casperson's Beach, just down the road, is another place to find sharks' teeth on a regular basis.
Sparky mentioned how much she liked dolphins, and were there any to be seen along the beach? Oh, yes, she said. She proceeded to tell a great story about two years ago, when she was visiting Venice Beach. She saw a dolphin swimming a ways out in the water. She waded out a little bit to get a little closer to see it. It came swimming right up to her and pushed a fish at her! She was so shocked and it happened so fast, that before she could grab a camera or try to maybe throw the fish back at the dolphin, it swam back out to sea. She said the dolphin came in so close to shore that it had to really work at swimming out of the shallow water to get back to the deep. Wow! Is that ever cool?!
|Lots of birds at Venice Beach|
We do know this one is a Great Blue Heron.
|This one? Not so sure...|
We saw a fisherman catch THE ugliest fish we had ever seen! He called it an oyster fish....There are better photos on the internet, but this one was at least colorful!