Giant prehistoric shark tooth stolen
Eat your heart out, Tooth Fairy.
A petrified chomper that once belonged to a monstrous prehistoric shark was stolen from a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Australia, according to a report Tuesday.
The 3-inch-long flesh ripper came from the mouth of a Megalodon — a beast that died off millions of years ago and could grow up to 22,000 pounds, according to the BBC.
The thieves may have used a hammer or chisel to bust the shark’s chomper free from a limestone rock where it was hidden for centuries at the remote Ningaloo Coast site, authorities told the station.
Environmental officials said the missing tooth bites — especially because it has little resale value.
“It would not be very high,” said Arvid Hogstrom, a spokesman from Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation.
Only a small group of locals know the exact location of the semi-secret fossil, which was one of two precious shark teeth at the site.
“The worst part is they took the better specimen, which was not so well known,” Hogstrom said.
Whoever swiped the tooth broke vandalism and conservation laws, he said.
The Megalodon species, which means “big tooth” in Latin, could grow up to 59 feet long. They are thought to have gone extinct more than 2.6 million years ago.