World’s Largest Shark Jaws. The world’s largest set of shark jaws was eating whales and dolphins for snacks. In fact, they are big enough to swallow several humans.
The teeth are those of the ancient Megalodon, a massive killer shark whose name literally means “big tooth” in Greek. The predators trolled warm ocean waters 1.5 million to 25 million years ago, growing longer than the size of one or possibly two city buses.
Each tooth was collected by amateur fossil hunter Vito Bertucci, who spent nearly two decades plucking Megalodon teeth from the shores of South Carolina and Georgia before he was killed in a 2004 diving accident. He was 47.
“He lived for this, and he also died for it,” said his brother, Joseph Bertucci, a beverage manager at a beach club in Long Island who wears a shark’s tooth on a gold necklace that his brother made for him. “Sharks’ teeth were his passion.”
The 9-by-11 foot jaws being sold in June by Heritage Auctions in Dallas — starting bid, $625,000 — are the biggest of several jaws Vito Bertucci made with the Megalodon teeth he collected over the years. It is billed by Heritage as “the largest set of prehistoric shark jaws ever assembled.”
The collection has four teeth more than 7 inches long, which is rare, said Peter Wiggins, assistant director of Heritage’s natural history auctions. He said while the jaws themselves are made from Plexiglas, the teeth are fossils the likes of which have individually sold for $10,000 to $15,000 in recent years.