Description of Jaw For Sale
This beautiful jaw comes from a little known shark called the Bowmouth Guitarfish (Rhina ancylostoma). Rarely seen, this shark is found in some aquariums. The jaw is quite unique, and although it looks very similar to a Port Jackson shark jaw, it has a deep V notch on the upper jaw. Very interesting looking jaw. It is also called the shark ray
or mud skate
, and is a type of ray and the sole member of the family Rhinidae
. Although it is unclear from where the Guitarfish evolved from, it may be related to guitarfish and skates. This rare species occurs widely in the tropical coastal waters of the western Indo Pacific, at depths of up to 90 m (300 ft). Highly distinctive in appearance, the bowmouth guitarfish has a wide and thick body with a rounded snout and large shark-like dorsal and caudal fin. It has multiple thorny ridges over its head and back. It has a dorsal color pattern of many white spots over a bluish gray to brown background, with a pair of prominent black markings over the pectoral fins. This large species can reach a length of 2.7 m (8.9 ft) and weight of 135 kg (298 lb).
This jaw came from the Bay of Bengal, where these fish are caught for human consumption. The fins are extremely valuable due to their use in shark fin soup, and are often the only parts of the fish kept and brought to market. However, the meat may also be sold fresh or dried and salted, and it is highly esteemed in India.
This jaw has been prepared, but not totally finished. Once ordered, the jaw will have all the final touches carried out on it to make it another perfect specimen from Clean-a-Jaw. All the cracks and holes in the cartilage have been filled in with a special 2 part epoxy putty. It is a very thick set jaw, with extremely thick cartilage. The measurements of the jaw are as follows: 222mm wide x 144mm high.