Rare shark tooth found on North Carolina beach

A young girl made the discovery of a lifetime after she found a megalodon tooth on a North Carolina beach. (WECT)

A spring breaker found an extremely rare shark tooth on Monday at North Topsail Beach.

According to WECT, Avery Fauth, a middle-schooler who was vacationing with her family, made the discovery.

“I’m looking around and I see something buried in the sand. I uncovered it and it keeps coming, and it’s this big tooth, and then I hold it up and I’m screaming for my mom,” she said.

The tooth came from a Megalodon shark, which went extinct after inhabiting the oceans over 2 million years ago, and maybe even 28 million years ago. The name itself means "big tooth".

“I was pretty surprised [that she found one]," Fauth's dad said. "I’ve been looking for 25 years and I haven’t found anything.I was really shocked and excited for her that she found something that big."

Avery said she has no plans on selling the tooth.

“They’re really rare to find and they’re some pretty big teeth and they’re pretty cool."

WECT contributed to this article. This article was reported on from Charlotte, N.C.