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Snorkeling Venice Beach, Florida

The main attraction for snorkelers at Venice Beach, Florida is the shark teeth that can be found underwater. That's fossilized shark teeth. I'm told that the best chance for finding the biggest shark teeth [megalodon teeth] is in about 15-20 feet of water. However, the most popular snorkeling techniques is to look for shark teeth in water about 10 feet from the beach. There is a small drop off, so you'll be in water about two feet deep in most places. Right at the drop-off is a good place to find fossilized shark teeth.

The water along the Venice coastline is usually cloudy with silt near the beach and appears milky-green, but often clears up quite a bit once you swim out 100 feet or so. The nature of the sand and the slope of the beach causes quite a bit of suspended sediment in the shallow water.

The depth of the water along Venice beach drops off more quickly than it does on northern Siesta, Longboat, or Anna Maria, and the sand is dark with fossilized material--nearly black in some places.

 

Helpful links for more in-depth research on this snorkeling location:

Gulf coast beach water condition reports - daily reports by lifeguards and park personnel

Photos of diving off Venice Beach

Venice Shark Tooth Festival (annual event in April)

Shark Tooth Diving Guide from Florida West SCUBA School (link opens pdf file) (good tips for snorkelers too)

Photos of beach diving on Venice Beach (not underwater photos).


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This photo was taken from the Venice Fishing Pier. Notice how minty green the water is close to the beach because of the suspended sand. Further out you can see that the water clears up as the sediment drops out.

From the Venice Fishing Pier looking south toward South Brohard Park, Paws Park, and Caspersen Beach.

A close-up of the beach sand on Caspersen Beach. You can see all the dark fossilized material mixed in.

Caspersen Beach.

 

Snorkeling in the Florida Panhandle

Fort Pickens Jetties & Pensacola Beach

Destin Inlet Jetty (East Jetty)

St. Andrews Jetties

Snorkeling in Southwest Florida

Egmont Key

Sugar Barge (Regina), Bradenton Beach

Point-of-Rocks, Siesta Key

Venice Beach

Southeast Florida Snorkeling

Sebastian Inlet State Park

Bathtub Reef Park, Stuart

Red Reef Park, Boca Raton

Datura Avenue Shipwreck Snorkel Trail, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Dania

Dania Beach

Peanut Island

Biscayne National Park

 

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