Shark Tooth Fairy creates fun scavenger hunt

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By Bob Sofaly

Thousands of people crammed onto a tiny spit of beach at high tide last Saturday, Oct. 11 at The Sands in Port Royal to wait for Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy, to drop about a half a ton of shark teeth and other fossilized bones back into the water to be found. Harris, a Port Royal resident, and a few friends sprinkled the artifacts into the water then let the public go after them. Some folks were very deliberate in their search and came equipped with buckets for their finds. Others were just out to have some fun in the sun on a beautiful October day. Whatever their reasons, most came away with something in hand, and a chance to play in the water one more time before fall weather sets in for good.

This little guy, equipped with a plastic bag, peers into the water as he looks for shark’s teeth at The Sands in Port Royal.
This little guy, equipped with a plastic bag, peers into the water as he looks for shark’s teeth at The Sands in Port Royal.

 

Jeremy Wahman-Gargo, 9, shows off some of his shark teeth found on Saturday at The Sands in Port Royal.
Jeremy Wahman-Gargo, 9, shows off some of his shark teeth found on Saturday at The Sands in Port Royal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elle Bougan, 7, found it was more fun to play in the water with the colander than sift for shark teeth, but she did find a few small teeth.
Elle Bougan, 7, found it was more fun to play in the water with the colander than sift for shark teeth, but she did find a few small teeth.
Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy of Port Royal, displays one of the many fossilized teeth he gave away. Harris re-deposited teeth and other fossilized artifacts along the beach of The Sands in Port Royal for other people to find.
Mike Harris, the Shark Tooth Fairy of Port Royal, displays one of the many fossilized teeth he gave away. Harris re-deposited teeth and other fossilized artifacts along the beach of The Sands in Port Royal for other people to find.