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Old 01-04-2010, 02:07 PM   #1
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anybody have any idea on how to clean and preserve a fresh Mako shark jaw so that it can be wall mounted? I got a 150 lber last week and want to do it right. Help please!!!
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give geno a call to see if he knows how to get a hold of carl edwards, who used to have the process down pat.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:44 PM   #3
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Try running it through a some kind of large magnetic field......


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give geno a call to see if he knows how to get a hold of carl edwards, who used to have the process down pat.

He was just down on the Two George's dock a couple weeks ago - I could probably get his number from Carl on Miller Time if you like.
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Old 05-18-2010, 04:28 PM   #6
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use a sharp knife and cut it out of the head and cut away all the meat you can. then once u have it mostly clean place it on a ant hill with a bucket and a large weight on top of the bucket leave it for a few days and it will be clean.
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Cut most of the meat away that u can with dull knife. Scrape all u can. Soak in a bucket of water mixed with hydrogen peroxide and little bleach. then re -scrape. After I got them clean i shape them with wire coat hanger and put in oven at 300 degrees for hr or so.

I learnt from the late great Capt Frank Mundus , do not boil, no ant piles or crabs. My way is the best way trust me. Will be clean and less fishy smell.

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cut away all the meat that you can no matter how long it takes. its worth it. then tac it onto a board in the sun in the position you want it in. the sun will dry and whiten it. No chemicals, ants, water, or other time consuming ideas. This works the best.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:42 AM   #9
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an exato kit works great to cut away stuff. be careful on the jaw hinge don't cut away too much. cool set for the cave wall?
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:13 AM   #10
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Nice to get all this information. I was going to send them to a place in Oklahoma, Skulls Unlimited but they re still in my freezer. Maybe I will do it myself and save some dough. I was just afraid to screw it up-you dont get a nice set set of jaws everyday. Last set I had my buddy tried to do and they fell apart stinking. These are too nice to waste.
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Did several when I was 11 years old with the hydrogen peroxide method. They are still around today.
Remove carefully from the head and as mentioned before take care to preserve the hinges. Once out I used an exacto knife to carefully remove as much tissue as possible. Take care not to inflict a nasty bite on yourself, those teeth (especially Mako) still work! There is a membrane covering the spare teeth that's a little tough to get out but looks much better when removed.
I then soaked overnight in a fairly strong solution of water and hydrogen peroxide in fact it foamed while soaking. Take out and go over again removing what tissue you can.
Never tried the oven to dry them out but sounds like it should work although 300 sounds somewhat warm (don't think you want to cook them but what do I know). I shaped mine with a couple of pieces of wood and let dry in the sun. Came out nice and bleached with no smell.

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For museum grade quality....Skulls Unlimited by far.
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Did several when I was 11 years old with the hydrogen peroxide method. They are still around today.
Remove carefully from the head and as mentioned before take care to preserve the hinges. Once out I used an exacto knife to carefully remove as much tissue as possible. Take care not to inflict a nasty bite on yourself, those teeth (especially Mako) still work! There is a membrane covering the spare teeth that's a little tough to get out but looks much better when removed.
I then soaked overnight in a fairly strong solution of water and hydrogen peroxide in fact it foamed while soaking. Take out and go over again removing what tissue you can.
Never tried the oven to dry them out but sounds like it should work although 300 sounds somewhat warm (don't think you want to cook them but what do I know). I shaped mine with a couple of pieces of wood and let dry in the sun. Came out nice and bleached with no smell.

Good luck
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This is by far the best way Try to get a hold of 100% hydrogen peroxide and let that baby soak one night in it. We had this stuff in the lab at school and it would eat up a whole rat in less than one hour
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I have tried a couple of times myslf with shark jaws myself with no success my father has a container of peroxide so will give that a try next time, thanks for the tip
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When it comes to curing swordfish bills I will ask at SFC and asking guys from So Cal about Mako jaws might be the way to go.

There is a room at Global taxidermy full of shark jaws might want to talk to Ian.

Most of the stuff above is good and there are a few don'ts and one thing was not mentioned.

Cut them out clean them up with gloves on and you can toss them to the ants for a short while but best off leave the bleach alone and never boil them.

The secret is Borax, it dissolves the meat with a stiff tooth brush.

Do not make the Borax to strong.

Some guys like a 50 50 mix borax and peroxide but the peroxide is really for whitening after the meat is gone to whiten the cartilage.

No sense whitening the meat save the peroxide for the cartilage.

Soak the entire jaws in a solution of Borax and keep an eye on the jaws several times a day work on the with a brush then after you get a feel for the pace to brush away meat as it dissolves and rinsing away do it as often as you have time and is ready to take another layer off.

After you are done removing meat and the jaws are clean if you did not use the peroxide already then put the entire jaws in a solution submerged for one to two days depending on your preference then rinse them well and shape them with sticks what ever and let them dry out and can use a heat gun to speed he process up a little.

Hope this helps and if you do decide to use the ants keep the jaws moist so the ants can easily chew the meat off and eat it but do not bury them.

Burying them will cause rotting and staining.

A little trivia for you guys, male Makos start reproducing at about 7' 200 pounds and females about 8'6" 350 pounds and only reproduce every other year giveing live birth about 5 pounds each pup right at 25-27".

She will start off with a few at first and increase littler sizes as she grows to accommodate them.
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i've had luck cutting away as much meat as possible and then using a piece of wire to tie it to the doc and dropping it to the bottom right at my slip. the crabs take care of the rest and leave you with just the jaws. ****dont use any kind of rope or string, it will fray and get torn apart. make sure you use wire****
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The use of knife is better idea for cleaning the jaws of sharks. But it can be a little
dangerous so it requires lots of care in this process.
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