WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - After a picture of a tooth from an extinct shark popped up last month it started getting a lot of attention.
Wect.com discovered a man in the Wilmington area who has found a way to cash in on his ocean explorations and the many teeth he collects.
Scott Combs of Wilmington loves diving for shark teeth off the area's coast. He travels up to 40 miles out into the ocean and dives up to 110 feet.
He's in search of teeth from the extinct Megalodon shark, a creature that swam the Earth's oceans millions of years ago.
Combs knows his favorite hobby is not the easiest of activities. For the inexperienced diver, it can be so difficult that some people have died trying to gather the teeth.
"People get what I call tooth fever," said Combs. "They're diving 110 feet. They're not certified to go beyond 60 feet. They start looking for teeth. They get disoriented. They stay down there longer than they should. They push decompression limits. If you have an accident or a failure, it's a long way to get back home."
Although daunting, Combs said the reward for gathering these prehistoric teeth can be great. He said he can sell them for a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand.
"It's like a treasure hunt to me. I mean it's exciting. I love collecting them. I recommend it for anyone who's certified to do it. It's one of the best dives on this coast. I absolutely love it."