The rare megalodon tooth was 4 inches long.
A 6-year-old boy was looking for shells and fossils with his father on a U.K. beach when he picked up a rare tooth belonging to a megalodon — the biggest shark that has ever lived.
Sammy Shelton discovered the megalodon tooth on Bawdsey Beach in Suffolk on the east coast of England, as first reported by the Great Yarmouth Mercury, a news outlet covering Great Yarmouth in the neighboring county of Norfolk, where the boy is from. The tooth measured 4 inches (10 centimeters) long, according to The Mirror, a British news website.
“We knew what it was but not how rare it was,” Peter Shelton, the boy’s father, told the Great Yarmouth Mercury.
The beach is a popular site for fossil h
hunters, who told the Sheltons that finding a megalodon tooth there is rare.