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    Default Preserving shark jaws

    I have an old set of mako jaws in the freezer that I am on my way to cut the meat away and clean up. I heard to soak in mild hydrogen peroxide, mild bleach and then let dry out on a board.

    Any ideas????

    What is the best thing to do ?????

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    Well I've done one. So I'm not exactly an expert here.
    What I did was remove as much meat and narly crap off
    with a razor blade. Then I soaked it in pure bleach. Not sure
    for how long, but was less than an hour and I never left it out
    of my sight. That process ate what meat was left in the hard
    to reach places. Once done the rows are nicely exposed. Then
    I rinsed it with fresh water and soaked it in peroxide. Let dry and
    threw a couple coats of clear.
    Btw, have always admired your work!!!
    I have a feeling yours will come out great


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    I would stay away from straight bleach.Steph only had it in 1hr and watched it carefully.But if left in to long the teeth fall out and jaw falls apart.I think the way you discribed sounded best.Maybe give them a call over at Global fish mounts for some pointers?
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    Thanks guys
    mucho work, but I think they are going to be kool !

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    This may sound CrAzY, but have you considered placing the jaw on top of ant pile.... The ants will eat the remaining flesh within hours and leave it clean as a bone... Then you can preserve it any way you want... I read the post and was wondering of an easy way to get rid of the excess flesh... I saw an ant and WOW i'm a genius...

    Then again... If it does not work, then I have no idea where the idea came from......

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    If you want a professional job, you can ship it to Skulls Unlimited in Oklahoma City. This is the same company that does most museum specimens. I sent an entire boars head to them. Cost for everything was about $90.00 at the time and the skull came back perfect!! They use flesh eating beetles and some type of acid to get the oil out of the bone so it stays white and does not fade in time.
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    Default Is pops making you clean out the deep freezer?

    Kenny,

    Is pops making you clean out the deep freezer? Or perhaps you and Shayna are catching too many swordfish these days. Just kidding, I know you like it fresh, not frozen.

    I liked Eric's suggestion though, to call Global fish Mounts. They must have some good knowledge base. Or better yet, ask Mark, the Shark. Actually he lives a few houses down from me: I'll ask him how he does his the next time I see him.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sopla2o View Post
    This may sound CrAzY, but have you considered placing the jaw on top of ant pile....


    Actually, you are right on the mark, it works! I have done this before with seashells on a robust fire ant mound. None were around the house but I knew where there were fields of them. I am not sure how much ants like shark flesh though. But Ants love bird fat so if I were to think real crazy, I might be inclined to dip the jaws into a fatty chicken stock if they were not inclined to knaw off the unflavored shark meat, if you used that method.

    Kenny, I am not sure how this works on shark jaws, but as I recall years ago when I was active in the Broward Shell Club, they had recommended the use of a solution of Borax (ie. 20 mule team) in the preservation of crusteaceans: hermit crabs, crawfish and larger crabs. I do not recall if this solution needed to be heated or not. Just some ideas that may get you going or perhaps get you totally confused.

    Of course, we also used a solution of diluted Muriatic acid to get the remaining external marine growth off of shells after a mechanical cleaning, like Spondylus Americanus (a/k/a Spiny oysters). This was a timed operation: like in the 1 to 5 minute zone. Caution: a 5 minute soaking in straight Muriatic Acid (still a dilution of HCL) would dissolve a shell entirely.

    In addition to the final acid wash (room temperature), we used specialized scraping tools to mechanically remove the big chunks of marine growth first. (I imagine that you could get these at a craft shop - clay tools.) Of course a pH neutralizing spray of water and soaking is needed.

    Good luck, maybe those techniques may be applicable to your shark jaws too.

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    Wow Risky, ask what time it is and now I know how to build a watch .lol

    http://www.swordfishingcentral.com/f...first-set.html


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    Default So Ken, please tell us how you got those pearly whites.

    My, what sharp teeth you have. Hey, when did you get that shark.

    So Ken, please tell us how you got those pearly whites.

    So, are you sure that you know how to build a clock now? I do have an older post that can step you through in complete detail

    Wow, a jaws clock, what a novel idea.

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    It the jaws that you are sporting in your avatar there Risky

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    Default poor attempt, good idea

    Sorry, I don't have too much time, but here is the Jaws clock.
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    Default It's late, do you know where your Tinkers are?

    Quote Originally Posted by FinalPoint View Post
    Sorry, I don't have too much time, but here is the Jaws clock.



    It's late, do you know where your Tinkers are? That is too funny. It must be dinner time: just one bite!

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    "Actually, you are right on the mark, it works! I have done this before with seashells on a robust fire ant mound. "

    See I'm a genius.... It makes sense... Let the ants do the work.... Those critters eat everything.... ....

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