Fossils, megalodon teeth amaze kids at treasure hunt in Port Royal
It was a beautiful Saturday for a treasure hunt at The Sands in Port Royal as throngs of hopeful hunters turned out for the latest “Shark Tooth & Fossil Treasure Hunt” coordinated by local diver Mike Harris, aka The Shark Tooth Fairy.
By our count, this is about the fifth time that Port Royal resident Mike Harris has been burying and scattering hundreds of shark teeth and other artifacts he’s collected so children can discover them just as he did as a child.
Do they love it? Yes, indeed they do. It was evident by the hundreds of anxious children criss-crossing the Sands Beach, some with shovels, some with buckets and some using their bare hands to scoop a bit of sand to see what they could find. Reports estimated that nearly 2,000 people stopped by between 11am and around 5pm.
Combing our local beaches and looking for these treasures in your own time could literally take a lifetime to find one, but on Saturday Harris, an avid fossil and shark tooth collector from scuba dives, hid approximately 1,000 pounds of assorted fossils including megalodon teeth, whale jaw bones, and whale vertebrae all for our local kids.
“I love this”, said Mike.
“When I was a kid I used to ride my bike to the Sands and pick up shark teeth for fun. Now I can help children discover them just as I did when I was a child, and maybe we will be able to teach them a love and a respect for our natural world while we’re at it.”
Thanks for what you do for area kids, Mike.
We’ll see you again at The Sands soon for the final hunt of 2014. This one’s planned for special needs children.
Enjoy some fun photos from Saturday’s event.