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Does anyone know the proper way to preserve shark jaws ?? I have done the ant bed thing and that was groose and a waste. Tried to boil some, now that was a mistake, had pieces of cartlage and a pile of teeth when that was done.... Any help or comments would be great !!! Thanks Trey
 

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First thing is try to get off all the meat. Second is go and get some (I belive 90%) hydrogen poroxide and let them soak for a day,but not to long and then the left over meat will swell up leaving it easyer to cut off. Then hang them in the shape you want and nature does the rest. This is what works for me anyway...........................later,Dave
 

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Here is the info/page I have

I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like alot of work. My sharkhead is still in the freezer.
Meacom's pier used to have a page with real good info on it, but since Claudette, and the pier going defunct, the page has been shut down too, and like a dummy I never save the info.. sigh...

Hope this info helps you.
http://bluemako.customer.netspace.net.au/jaws.htm

Kay:cool:
 

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Meacom's pier has changed owners. The new owners are not going to do anything right now as far as extending the pier. They have a man running it but I don't think the web page is going to go back up for a while.
 

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Whoa Nelly!!!!

Hey Bluewater, you tryin' to kill somebody or what?? 90% hydrogen peroxide?? You must be crazy!! That stuff is so unstable its not funny. Remember the Russian Kursk submarine? This is the same stuff that started all the problems for that crew. The concentration of H2O2 that we use to clean wounds is only 3% and it still works as a great bleach. i don't think you could just go out and buy 90% H2O2 even if you wanted to, but I thought I might try to help someone avoid a catastrophe. Just my $.02.

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Yeah standard 3% peroxide like you use for wounds. I have a few jaws at home that Me annd BWH did a couple years ago. They look clean to me and everyone else that has seen them.
 

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90% is what some Taxidermist use to strip meat from bone. It doesn't take that long for it to work. we use it at the plant in the process. It is a oxidizer so you have to be careful how you handle it. If it get on organice wood leather. It will burn you if it gets on your skin. It can start a fire if it get on that type of stuff. you don;t want to breathe it also it can bun you lungs. so if you can get some and use stay up wind a keep it off yours body.



I have done the ant hill thing I found it works better if you don't lay it on the pile but hang it on a stick just over it and leave a stick touching the jaw and the pile they well find it. If you leave it over the pile they will start to eat the cartilage and you don't want that to happen. you have to do some picking but most of the time they will get most of the meat off.



But the best way to do it is use maggots they will clean all the meat and flesh off the teeth and cartilage with out eating them. But they are hard to buy but. best way it to find some road kill and tuff out to get a supply. Then put them and the jaws in the covered five gallon bucket and in a few days they will be ready. Be sure to put them somewhere down wind from the house because rotten shark can be a little strong

 

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I tried the ants once and it seemed to work very nice.

I went out everyday to check the progress and was really excited how good it was looking, then one day I went out and they were gone. I guess someone else was also watching the progress. I have not tried because the only sharks I have kept in the last few years were small, just for eating. Yummmm shark steak butterflied on the grill..............
 

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bill said:
I went out everyday to check the progress and was really excited how good it was looking, then one day I went out and they were gone. I guess someone else was also watching the progress. I have not tried because the only sharks I have kept in the last few years were small, just for eating. Yummmm shark steak butterflied on the grill..............
maybe a varmit? I had something similar happen with a deer skull.....smallish buck, and wanted to do the skull mount.....hung it up in a tree, about 8 feet from the ground, with wire, and then a piece of gut soaked twine running to the ground........same thing, was looking pretty good after about a week.....then one day it was gone, but there were lots of varmit tracks underneath?
 

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I had it happen to some Shark Jaw and found that my Chow Chow got them and down two sets before I figure it out. I figure she was dead but she lived to be 13 years old and she ate them when she was two. All the vet said to do was eye an eye on here and give her Ice cream. I think she went throught the Blue Bell fast than the Jaws
 

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It might have been

but I put a 5 gal bucket on top with a rock and both the jaws and bucket were gone. LOL Dang, lost my jaws and bait bucket at the same time.
 

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I'm really worried about sounding like one of them ********, but here goes!

I keep an old bath tub turned over in a hidden corner of the back forty, with a cinder block under it! Place the alligator, deer, hog, possum, skunk, rabbit, hefer, bull, nutria, shark or whatever head on the cinder block, cover with the bath tub and check on it every couple of days or so!

The cinder block keeps the experiment off of the ground yet the ants can still do their thing! When the meat/grissle has reached the desired level of gone, lay-off all the ants with a bottle of Greenlight ant killer and rinse the cleaned skull with water, then soak in 50/50 bleach/water for a day! Remove, let dry completely then spray with 6 or 8 light coats of polyurethane!
 

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bill said:
but I put a 5 gal bucket on top with a rock and both the jaws and bucket were gone. LOL Dang, lost my jaws and bait bucket at the same time.
still a varmit got them jaws.......lol............just different variety......
 
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