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Shark’s Teeth at Sunset

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Hello, buttercup, and happy Wednesday. 🙂 You may have already seen the above photo which I posted to my Facebook page this past Sunday. The afternoon was perfect with sunshiny warmth and a salty breeze that whispered in my ears and beckoned me to the beach. The hubster, ever indulgent of my mermaid status, agreed it was time to slide into our flip-flops and “go do sunset.” The Universe did not disappoint. These photos are not enhanced. I snapped the shots on my phone, a Google Pixel-2, from where I sat with my butt parked in a beach chair and my toes buried in the sand. By the time I took the photo below, the temperature had dropped from warm to chilly, and we sat wrapped in our beach towels waiting for the last of the light show.


Look at that. *sigh* Too beautiful for words. Nothing soothes the soul quite like this.

The afternoon wasn’t all about sunset, though. It was also about finding shark’s teeth, a common pastime for beachgoers here in Venice. If you’re interested in learning why Venice is known as the “shark’s tooth capital of the world” click HERE to read a quick article on the matter. In short, the shark’s teeth that wash up on Venice beaches are fossils, some dating back millions of years. Most of the shark’s teeth I’ve found are small, but the one I discovered Sunday is a granddaddy, with the “fang” part of the tooth measuring 3/4 of an inch. Take a look!

A lot of folks wade into the water and use sand sifters to find the shark’s teeth, but I don’t go to that much trouble. It’s amazing how many shark’s teeth there are to be found, and my mind is blown by the millions of treasures buried beneath our feet. Layers and layers of sand and shells, fish bones and shark’s teeth, remnants of so much life that came before. It reminds me how small I am, that I’m part of a greater whole, and that while I may never understand the how or the why of it, I cannot deny the truth of it. There is a sense of coming home when I stand on the shore, a fullness and peace I find nowhere else. It is a gift, this feeling, and I’m grateful for it.

I understand that you might not be a mermaid. Perhaps you’re a woodland creature or a city dweller and your heart beats not for the tides but for the misty mountains at sunrise or the throb of a crowd. I’ve known folks who called themselves “desert rats” because for them there is nothing to compare with the stark beauty of a wide-open desert. To what are you drawn? Where do you go to soothe your soul?

See you next week! Thanks for reading. 🙂

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19 Responses to "Shark’s Teeth at Sunset"

  1. Comment by Pat Wahler
    January 24, 2018 at 10:15 am  

    What beautiful photos! You truly are blessed, Lisa, to live in such a glorious place.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:40 am  

      We really are fortunate, Pat. I know that not everyone loves the beach the way I do, but still . . . the view is hard to beat.

  2. Comment by Stephanie
    January 24, 2018 at 10:19 am  

    My difficult ‘tweens we lived in a log house my dad built on a lake that he helped dredge. I spent many angsty afternoons in the silver flat-bottom boat floating around.

    We fed catfish (Purina makes catfish feed- in AL as a matter of fact) off the pier. I loved to see the water roiling with life almost as much as I liked swinging my legs off the end of the pier and listing to the sound of the whippoorwill!

    Lakes sooth my soul.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:41 am  

      That sounds so beautiful, Stephanie! It also sounds like a lot of great background for a great coming-of-age story. 😉

      • Comment by Stephanie
        January 25, 2018 at 11:14 am  


  3. Comment by Rena
    January 24, 2018 at 12:08 pm  

    I am definitely a mermaid. Here in the south-east, we find sharks teeth and the beautiful Edisto Beach. It is also a great place to find sharks teeth. It’s very close to Charleston, my favorite city.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:41 am  

      Amazing, isn’t it Rena, how many shark’s teeth there are?

  4. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    January 24, 2018 at 7:02 pm  

    I would so enjoy hunting for Shark Teeth. You have such a gift under your feet.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:42 am  

      Yes. Still pinching myself, Linda. 🙂

  5. Comment by Alana
    January 24, 2018 at 8:52 pm  

    The last two nights, I’ve watched the sunset from Madeira Beach. I so wish there was a good place near where I live in upstate New York to watch the sunset over water because those sunsets are the best. Chocolate soothes my soul, as does any kind of beautiful sunrise or sunset. And flowers. Yes, flowers.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:43 am  

      Chocolate, yes. 🙂 And as much as I love sunsets, sunrise is actually my favorite time of the day. I also agree with you on the flowers, especially wildflowers.

  6. Comment by Tomi Rues
    January 24, 2018 at 11:15 pm  

    This has been a good move for you. I feel your happiness and contentment in your writing. Your photos are beautiful. So happy for you.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:44 am  

      Thanks, Tomi. Moving is so stressful, but we landed in a wonderful place with terrific people. So grateful!

  7. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    January 25, 2018 at 3:24 am  

    Love the pictures. I’ve never gone hunting for shark’s teeth. Guess I should try it sometime. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 25, 2018 at 10:44 am  

      You should! You might just get hooked. 😉

  8. Comment by Karen Lange
    January 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm  

    Your photos are gorgeous! So glad you shared them with us. No mermaids here; despite the fact that I grew up near the Jersey shore, I never wanted to be one. I know right – inconceivable! But I’m happily living among the rolling hills of north central KY, content to visit the shore every once in a while. Have a great week!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2018 at 5:11 am  

      KY is beautiful, Karen, no doubt about it. I always associate KY with butterflies, because the first time we drove through there were butterflies everywhere. I’ve never seen so many. It was as if God opened up a jar and let hundreds out all at one time. I don’t know if that was a fluke or not, but it sure left a lovely impression.

  9. Comment by Cathy C Hall
    January 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm  

    Oh my word, that shark’s tooth is HUGE! I find them occasionally at Tybee but you really have to look. I’m a water lover, too, but only oceans, not lakes. Lakes are kinda creepy to me…I’m not sure why. And every time I think of moving, I can’t bear the idea of leaving the woodland view from my kitchen table. Leaving my house, no problem. But my woods in the backyard…see, I’m getting a little choked here, thinking about it. Ugh.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      January 30, 2018 at 5:09 am  

      You’re blessed to have easy access to both worlds, Cath, with your lovely backyard and your Tybee getaway. In a perfect world, I’d keep my beloved beach but also have a cabin in the North GA mountains—I love Hiawassee and Blue Ridge—where I could go when I need an infusion of trees and songbirds. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do both. Someday. 🙂

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