Shark jaw for sale – Very rare Goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni)
This beautiful and extremely rare Goblin shark jaw was one of a handful caught around April 2003 by Taiwanese fishermen. Rumours abound that these sharks were caught after an underwater earthquake, and a number of these sharks rose from their normal depths of around 270m-960m, and were caught in commercial nets at a depth of approximately 600 metres. The fishermen stated that most were adult males, some up to 4 metres long, however such reports are maybe inaccurate. Both Taiwan and Japan have frequent underwater earthquakes, and such happenings are not uncommon. The sharks were mostly in the 2.5 metres to 3 metres range, with some reaching 3.5 metres in length.
The Goblin shark belongs to the family Mitsukurinidae, and is patchily distributed in the Atlantic, the western Indian Ocean and the Pacific. It has been recorded at depths of at least 1300 mt, however its range is believed to be between 270mt to 960mt. It has a soft, flabby body which suggests it is a poor swimmer. It has a very distinctive elongated snout which helps it to detect prey in darkness, and can be snapped up by the jaw which shoots out to impale the prey with its slender front teeth. The back teeth, interestingly enough, are modified to crush food.
It reaches a maximum length of around 550cm and reaches sexual maturity possibly around 260-380cm for males and more than 400cm for females.
Such beautiful jaws are very rare to find, as this shark is rarely caught. Due to the fragile nature of the jaw, jaws from this shark are very rarely seen for sale on the market, as the preparation of such specimens requires a huge amount of work. Clean-a-Jaw specialises in such meticulous work and this is just another example of another stunning jaw prepared by a professional. You will not find any jaws on the market as good as this one.
The dimension of the jaw 370mm wide x 251mm high. The size of the first upper right tooth is 27.64mm in length. The lower right tooth is 34.6mm in length.
it is a beautifully cleaned and prepared jaw. It is very white, and any cracks and holes have been repaired using a very high quality 2 part epoxy putty which has been colour matched to the surrounding cartilage. The cartilage is quite thin, therefore a great deal of effort has gone into preparing this jaw, as the thinness of the cartilage presented some great challenges, and the jaw had to be handled very carefully during the soaking process.
The jaw will be shipped using a courier who will prepare and pack the jaw to ensure it will arrive at its destination extremely well packed and safe.