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WEST SPRINGFIELD – While The Meg  – a Megalodon movie that chronicles one man’s attempt to save people trapped inside a “sunken submersible” from a 70-foot shark – is taking over box offices across the country, the Eastern States Exposition offered a more accurate depiction of what the prehistoric shark species actually looked like.

Sharksteeth.com has been in business since 1998 and carries partial, commercial, Museum, and collector-grade Megalodon shark teeth. The company’s shark teeth have been sourced from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland California  New Caledonia, Chile, Peru, and other locations worldwide. SharksTeeth.com Supplies Many Museums, and galleries across the country including Europe, China, Australia, Japan, and many more countries.

The internet-based company boasted an impressive display of 100% real Authentic shark teeth-related items at this year’s Gem and Fossil show, ranging from fossilized to modern shark teeth. Some of the Items they carry on their websites are Megalodon books, Megalodon stands, Great white shark teeth, Fossil thresher shark teeth, Megalodon shark tooth necklaces, and polished Megalodon shark teeth.

Although the booth offered a plethora of fossil shark teeth for sale from sharks around the world, the crowd seemed most interested in its Fossil Megalodon shark tooth inventory.

Megalodon, meaning “big tooth,” is a prehistoric species of shark that went extinct 2.6 million years ago. Scientists suggest the Meg looked like a stockier version of the Great White shark, although it was nearly three times bigger – growing up to 60 feet, according to Discovery. They swam in all oceans, minus the Atlantic.

Dubbed one of the largest and most powerful predators to ever live, their large jaws could exert a bite force of up to 110,000 to 180,000 newtons. Their teeth were thick and robust, built for grabbing prey and breaking bones. They mainly fed on whales.

“There is a huge size difference between the teeth of a Great White and a Meg. With the Meg, the teeth get bigger, thicker, wider, and longer,” said Sharksteeth.com Owner John Taylor. “The Meg teeth are very common to find, actually. On average, sharks lose 20,000 teeth in a lifetime. If you times that by the millions of sharks and the millions of years they lived – you’d have enough teeth for everyone on the planet to have a million each.”

Bins of teeth from the Carcharocles Megalodon decorated the Sharksteeth.com booth. Many of the Megalodon teeth for sale were comparable to the size of a human hand and cost from $30 to $300.

Taylor, who is an ex-Navy diver, dives for the Megalodon teeth to sell in the exhibit with his dive partner John Kiminock in the rivers and coast of South Carolina. Before shark-tooth diving became his full-time job, he had experience in underwater cutting welding and explosives for the Navy. He told Reminders Publishing that he got into the hobby by accident.

“We did a lot of different jobs in the Navy. Once during my spare time, we took a couple of scuba tanks up to a local river – we weren’t even looking for shark teeth,” said Taylor. “My buddy came up with a handful of them and I said, ‘God, are there sharks in here?’ and he said, ‘no, dummy, this is freshwater – these are fossilized.’ Because the ocean used to be in that area, but then receded,  you can find these teeth in the rivers. So, we made them into little shark tooth necklaces and sold them to other sailors. We found out they got as big as your hand, and from there, it kind of turned into a disease – I just love diving for them.”

With 28 years of diving experience under his belt, Taylor warns that diving for Megalodon teeth is not for the faint-hearted, especially in South Carolina.

High currents and low visibility make it difficult to maneuver in the waters – and then there’s the wildlife.

“It’s very dangerous – we’re diving in water that has high currents and a visibility of about 6 inches on average. I’ve gotten hit in the face by a stingray. We also have alligators in the rivers,” he said. “Another problem is the boaters, they don’t know what a dive flag is – it’s not required to have any boaters experience in South Carolina.”

Taylor’s biggest advice to people looking to get into the hobby is to go with experienced divers and learn about the currents of the waters, as well as the equipment needed – which could range from the use of rubber gloves to powerful cave lights.

When asked if he thinks the Megalodon might still exist, he laughed and said no.

“I don’t believe there are any Megs left. I think with all the fishermen we have out there, we would have accidentally caught one by now or heard some kind of horror story,” said Taylor.

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