Re: [scuba-150] ***Shark Tooth Dive*** Sept 4th - Updated with lots of Info

From: user 1.
Sent on: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 11:39 PM
I would be interested in going, especially if I can bum a ride.  I would be happy to share the gas cost.  As I said, I am familiar with the dive, but I have only done it from a charter dive boat.  Let me know if you are still going.
Kathe
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Sent: Wednesday, August 25,[masked]:46 PM
Subject: [scuba-150] ***Shark Tooth Dive*** Sept 4th - Updated with lots of Info

I did not get alot of repsonses, so I have done as much as possible to give the most info possible.
 
please email me an let me know if you want to go etc. I can provide cell info as well just dont want to blast my number out to the group. Message me directly if you want to get my number and discuss anything regarding this dive.

 

Shark Tooth Dive:

Alhambra Beach

Venice, FL

 

Type of diving: Shore dive with depths ranging to about 15 feet, the further out you get the deeper it gets.

 

 Shark tooth and fossil hunting in the Gulf of Mexico. This area is a prehistoric river bed and does yield more fossils than the sharks teeth.

 

When: ??

This dive will be for  Saturday Sept 4th.

I will be leaving Lake Mary around 6:30 - 7:00 am at the latest.

 

If anyone wants to meetup and share some gas money I have a quad cab truck and can take up to 3 other divers with me.

 

 

 

What to expect at the dive site:

Typical sharks teeth found are from the following: Dusky and Blacktip family, Sand Shark (current and prehistoric), Bull Shark, and Lemon Shark. More rare but also found are Maco, Great White, Snaggle Tooth and Megalodon. Other fossils that can be found include dolphin, manatee, and whale bones, stingray stingers and crusher platelettes and tail vertebrae, porupine fish platelettes, mammoth and mastodon teeth/tusk/vertebrae, sloth claws, alligator scales, and sabertooth teeth. Best times for hunting are a few days after a storm when the water has settled down. Depths are 16-18 feet, unless you swim a long way out then you may hit 20.

 

 

Required:

Essentials (regs, tanks, weights, BC, Fins, Mask, Etc.)

Dive Flag

Mesh Bag for collecting teeth.

 

 

I will be leaving Lake Mary around 6:30 - 7:00 am at the latest.

 

If anyone wants to meetup and share some gas money I have a quad cab truck and can take up to 3 other divers with me.

 

 

Directions:

Google Maps

I-75 exit 200 to Osprey.

Continue Southeast on TAMIAMI TRL N/FL-45 S/US-41 S toward BAYVIEW DR. Continue to follow TAMIAMI TRL N/FL-45 S. 7.4 miles Map

Turn RIGHT onto MIAMI AVE W. <0.1 miles

Turn LEFT onto NOKOMIS AVE S. <0.1 miles

Turn RIGHT onto PONCE DE LEON AVE. 0.3 miles

Turn LEFT onto HARBOR DR S. 0.1 miles

Turn RIGHT onto ALHAMBRA RD. 0.4 miles

Follow ALHAMBRA RD to the end

 

Alternate Directions:

From the South:

Head to Venice on I 75. Take exit 193 and head SW (coming from the south that?s a left turn) on Jacaranda. Turn right on Venice Ave. Stay on Venice Ave until after you?ve crossed the bridge to the downtown area. Turn left at the second light after the bridge (Harbor - name not well marked). Turn right at the 5th street (Alhambra).

 

From the north:

 

Head to Venice on I 75. Take exit 200 (SR681) and follow it to US 41 where you'll turn left (south). Take US 41 to Business US 41 (Tamiami Trail) where you turn right. After you cross the bridge, you'll turn right on Venice Ave. Turn left at the first light (Harbor - name not marked). Turn right at the 5th street (Alhambra).

 

Park on the street as close to the dead end as possible. Be careful not to block the driveway to the condo. Keep your dive between the culverts to the south and the three pine trees to the north.

 

 

Where to park:

Parking is on the street: do not park blocking driveways and park the same direction and trafic flow. Many parking tickets have been issued here to non-believers .

 

 

Amenities: Florida West dive shop is about 1 mile north of the site on 41 literally just over the bridge back onto the main land. Sharkey's restaurant is at the base of the pier. Venice Beach's downtown district is 1/2 mile off with food and shops as well.

 

Pros and Cons: When the water is clear lots of teeth can be found. When the water is a milky emerald green, there will be no visibility on the bottom and toothing is useless.

 

 

Ref:

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/venice-fossil-divers/262449-insider-info-directions-venice-beaches.html





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