A six-year-old boy discovered a humongous tooth which belongs to one of the world's largest prehistoric sharks after looking for shells on a beach.
Sammy Shelton unearthed the four-inch megalodon tooth, which dates back up to 20 million years ago, while walking with his family at the seaside in Bawdsey, Suffolk.
It's rare to find such an "incredible" find in the UK, with only a handful of teeth from the 50 to 60ft-long predators being found each year.
The fossil hunter showed off his "once-in-a-lifetime discovery" to his classmates at his local Beaver Scout colony, who have since hailed him Beaver of the Week.
He said: “It looked like a tooth but it was big. I am very pleased and I will be keeping it safe."
His discovery mirrors the film The Meg, which is about scientists finding a 75ft megalodon in the Pacific, reports The Mirror.
Sammy’s retired GP father Peter, 60, from Bradwell, Norfolk, said: “It has been described as a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. It is amazing he has found something so incredible at his age.”
Sammy previously found pieces of shark teeth and fossilised sea urchins on visits to another beach at West Runton, Norfolk.
He happened to come across the gigantic tooth on only his second time searching for fossils and shells.
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Sammy had gone to Bawdsey with his father and mother Jolene, 44, sister Robyn, five, half-sister Jessica, 30, and her two-year-old daughter Amelia.
TV scientist Ben Garrod, who has written a book on megalodons, said: “I have looked for one since I was Sammy’s age and never found one.”
He added megalodon (meaning large tooth) was the largest fish that ever existed before becoming extinct three million years ago.
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