21 Mar Shark Tooth Fairy working to change laws on SC shark tooth collecting
In hopes of changing the laws and again hosting the popular shark tooth treasure hunts at the Sands in Port Royal, Mike Harris, Beaufort’s ‘Shark Tooth Fairy,’ is helping to lead the charge to loosen state regulations of shark-tooth collecting for divers along the S.C. coast.
In an article published Wednesday by The State newspaper in Columbia, at issue is a 1991 state law intended to protect historic artifacts and fossils from being carted off by private collectors. The law requires anyone diving for shark’s teeth to get a license and report what they have found. Most divers get state permission to keep the fossilized sharks’ teeth that they find.
Harris told The State that the system is a bureaucratic mess. He and others favor doing away with some of the licensing requirements, which do not apply to beachcombers who pick up shark’s teeth on the seashore.
We would love to see the treasure hunts continue at The Sands. As evident at every event, the kids loved them. They got to find something that may otherwise take an entire lifetime to find. They became interested in natural history as a result of these hunts. These hunts created memories for our children and provided them with good, clean fun.It’s good for Port Royal and for Beaufort.
It’s good for everyone.