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Updated: 04/09/2014 08:00:01AM

Digging up a good time at the Shark’s Tooth Festival

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Fossil expert Randy Boshela of Venice poses behind a Megalodon shark jaw. The jaw belonged to a shark over 30 feet in length that existed tens of millions of years ago.

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Thousands of shark teeth for sale but people also danced to live music and browsed the mineral wares as Ralph Marble of Marble’s Gems looked on. (Bottom right) Some of the agate minerals were particularly colorful.

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The main attraction of the festival are the large shark's teeth on sale.

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Fossil hunter and Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator Stuart Hales shows off his prized Megalodon teeth that he unearthed from a riverbed in North Port. The teeth were on sale for $350 at last year’s festival.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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For millions of years, sharks have been roaming the seas around what would eventually become Florida. So it makes sense that for the past 22 of those years, Venice has been holding its annual Shark’s Tooth Festival.

Venice, in particular, has been the fortunate beneficiary of so many of the teeth of those prehistoric fish that it has earned the nickname “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.”

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