by Rachael Carscaddon
The paper is thick, and brown with age. It has been rolled and hidden for safekeeping for so long that when uncurled, it needs the weight
of something heavy to keep it flat. The edges are torn and jagged. The
only markings on the paper are long lines, all leading to a particular
destination. The ink they are drawn with is faded in some places, but
you can still make out the routes. Tracing your finger along one of the
curved lines, it stops on the first of many “X”’s.
Treasure usually means gold or rare jewels. But on the coast, the
ocean churns up other kinds of treasure. Over Memorial Day weekend,
one lucky beachcomber stumbled upon something great. On a stroll
down North Carolina’s Kure Beach, she came across a shark’s tooth in
the sand. It was not just any shark tooth, though. This tooth came from
the mouth of a Megalodon, a prehistoric shark that roamed the waters
millions of years ago.
Not too far from Kure Beach, a little ways off the coast of South
Carolina, is the home to another amazing find. If the discovery of