Extinct snaggletooth shark - Hemipristis serra
Estimated length : Five metres (16 feet)
Age : Late Miocene, about 6 million years old
Locality : Venice Beach, Florida
The modern Snaggletooth shark is restricted to the southern tropical oceans, and is not thought to be a threat to man. It's giant Miocene ancestor, however, had few natural enemies and was a fearsome predator of the tropical oceans. It's long hooked serrated teeth allowed it to choose it's prey at will. Fossil snaggletooth teeth are found worldwide, with the finest specimens found in Florida and the Carolinas.