While walking down a South Carolina beach on her vacation, 9-year-old Kristen Barrick found a massive tooth belonging to an extinct shark species — the megalodon.
Two days later, she found another megalodon tooth on the same stretch of beach at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“He didn’t pick it up because it looked like a rock from his perspective,” said Kristen about her father to Fox Carolina. “I thought it was humongous.”
The Barrick family sent photos of the teeth to Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, where experts confirmed the teeth are those of the huge shark species.
Tim Handsel from Ripley’s Aquarium told Fox Carolina that finding megalodon teeth is not an everyday event, but the teeth are not uncommon.
Handsel also says storms and normal beach erosion have led to the uncovering of megalodon teeth. The teeth may be found through the coasts of the Carolinas.
Kristen intends to keep the teeth and pass them down through her family.
But now that she’s found two, she doesn’t want to stop searching.
“I was just so amazed,” she said. “Now I think I’m ruined. I’ll stop looking for the small ones and start looking for the big ones!”
Megalodon was perhaps the “apex predator of all time” with its teeth measuring in at 7 inches and with a body length of more than 50 feet, according to a report in The Huffington Post.
Photo Credit: Screenshot via Fox Carolina