A 12-year-old Suffolk boy has found a rare shark tooth on an Essex beach and is hoping somebody will be able to provide more information about his discovery.

Kenzie Bryenton, from Yoxford, unearthed the sharp fossil during a visit to Clacton, but so far he has not been able to find out any more detail about the find, including which species of shark it belonged to and how old it is.

The pupil at Alde Valley Academy in Leiston was 'randomly digging' in the sand when he found the tooth during a trip to the seaside town with his family and neighbouring friends.

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However, he put the fossil away in the cupboard at home for a period of time before deciding to try and find out more about where it had come from and putting a post out on a Saxmundham community Facebook page in a search for more information.

He said: "I felt really happy when I found it because I knew it was something old and it could be rare and they can be hard to find.

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"I was just randomly digging one day while I was on holiday so I was not exactly looking for it."

East Anglian Daily Times: The shark tooth discovered by Kenzie BryentonThe shark tooth discovered by Kenzie Bryenton (Image: Kloe Terry)The north Essex beaches are known for being a trove for fossilised treasure and in August a 13-year-old from Hemel Hempstead discovered a 10cm long tooth believed to belong to a megalodon shark.

The giant prehistoric shark- known as a 'super-predator'- is said to have grown to about 19.8 metres in length and existed between 20 million and 3.6 million years ago.

However, Kenzie said he did not believe his tooth belonged to a megalodon as it was too small to be from that species.

But he said his own searches for information had not turned up any results so far. 

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