On the hunt for shark teeth

 PHOTO PROVIDED    Jon Corbet collects shark teeth from Englewood, Don Pedro and Stump Pass beaches during his two-month annual stays in Englewood. The Canadian kindergarten teacher once collected 11 pounds in one month.

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Jon Corbet collects shark teeth from Englewood, Don Pedro and Stump Pass beaches during his two-month annual stays in Englewood. The Canadian kindergarten teacher once collected 11 pounds in one month.

“Jaws” may have scared many away from sharks, but for seasonal resident Jon Corbet, it was the exact opposite.

“Most people my age start with a fascination of sharks because of the movie ‘Jaws,’” Corbet said.

Corbet, a Canadian kindergarten teacher, lives in Englewood for two months during the year.

“Jon walks down Englewood Beach and collects tons of shark teeth,” said Steve DeDominici, an Englewood resident. “He’ll also scour Don Pedro and Stump Pass beaches.”

DeDominici has known Corbet for three years and both frequent the Englewood YMCA gym.

While Corbet searches for shark teeth daily at Englewood Beach, he’ll look for more at Don Pedro and Stump Pass beaches twice a month. He keeps the teeth he finds and takes them back to Canada to show his students.

“My record is 11 pounds in a month,” he said. “I wash them and dry them out. I collect one-gallon antique jugs and fill them up. It’s all see-through glass.”

Corbet will have curious onlookers at the beach during his searches.

“I have a lot of people ask me, but no one really comes with me to collect,” he said. “I live out on Manasota Beach and I can’t sit still. I end up walking on the beach a couple hours a day. The beach, the scenic beauty and the tranquility is here in Englewood.”

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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One Response to On the hunt for shark teeth

  1. bug says:

    No need to take this many teeth. Leave some for everyone to enjoy!

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