WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Seashells, sea glass, and maybe a jellyfish here and there, are all pretty common things to find during a walk along the beach. But you probably aren't on the lookout for something as rare as a megalodon tooth.
However, one Wrightsville Beach couple happened to stumble upon the rare, prehistoric find on Tuesday.
Sydney Williams and her boyfriend Brian Piccirilli go for walks on the beach most mornings but they've never found anything quite like this.
They found it on the shore near access 28.
"Well he [Brian] dropped down to his knees and was just kind of like, 'Ahhhh!'" Williams said.
"We called our parents. They were excited," Piccirilli said. "And then showed everyone at work."
The couple took their find to their friend Audrey Longtin who works at The Workshop in Wrightsville Beach.
At The Workshop, Longtin sells shark teeth jewelry that she makes from shark teeth her and her boyfriend find while scuba diving about 40 miles off the coast of Wrightsville Beach.
Longtin was able to confirm with Williams and Piccirilli that the tooth they found was in fact a megalodon tooth.
"As soon as a tooth is over three and a half to four inches long, you know it's a megalodon," Longtin said. "The megalodon is the biggest predator that ever existed so they are the biggest teeth you can find. So when you find something that big, it's easy to recognize."
The tooth Williams and Piccirill found was about four inches long.
Longtin says it's extremely rare to find a megalodon tooth like the one Williams and Piccirilli did in Wrightsville Beach.
"When you go offshore 40 miles, we know that we're pretty much going to find shark teeth but the big ones are rarer to find even offshore, so imagine here at the beach," Longtin said. "A lot of people are maybe going to find little small ones but a big one like that is really, really lucky."
Williams and Piccirilli plan to keep the tooth. They are going to buy a shadow box to put it in.
The tooth may be up to 2.6 million years old.