A nine-year-old girl found a massive megalodon shark tooth on a beach in Maryland, on Christmas Day.
Molly Sampson visited Calvert Beach in Maryland with her family on Dec. 25, informing her mother that she was “looking for a meg,” according to the BBC. Megalodons grew to a length of around 50 feet and have been extinct for some 2.6 million years, Science Daily reported.
Sampson reportedly waded out into the freezing cold waters until she was knee-deep and found exactly what she was looking for.
The 5-inch Otodus megalodon shark tooth was a “once-in-a-lifetime kind of find,” a representative from Calvert Marine Museum told the outlet. The museum also shared images of the find on its Facebook page.
“She told me she was wading in knee deep water when she saw it and dove in to get it,” Sampson’s mother told CBS News. “She said she got her arms all wet, but it was so worth it.” (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE INFO: Joe Rogan Guest Says Thousands Of Ancient Artifacts Were Dumped, Tells Public Where To Find Them)
Alicia Sampson, Molly’s mother, noted that all her daughter wanted for Christmas was insulated chest waders so she could go fossil hunting, a pastime inspired by her father, CBS continued. Alicia also told CBS that it was just 10 degrees Fahrenheit outside when she found the tooth.