For a professional shark jaw cleaning or restoration

Shark Jaw Cleaning, Mounting &
Restoring Services for Gamefishermen

That trophy capture, whether due to the sheer size of the shark or the line class, deserves particular attention and a trophy set of jaws to be remembered.

For those gamefishermen who would like a white set of jaws they can hang on the wall with all the capture details, Clean-a-Jaw can help you. We not only clean and restore the jaw to a beautiful white, but also mount the jaw on a very modern looking round or oval shaped opaque or black perspex, with an engraved silver-look tag below the jaw recording all the capture details.

Clean-a-Jaw is a regular sponsor of various Game Fishing tournaments around Australia, and I am more than happy to discuss any special requirements with regard to your shark jaw cleaning or restoration, you have.

Honouring the shark


While Clean-a-Jaw does not in any way endorse the killing of sharks just for the trophy aspect and actively encourage tag and release. But on those occasions you do keep the jaws, then you will want to ensure you have them cleaned to the highest possible standards in order to give justice to such a magnificent creature.

The process of cleaning a shark jaw is quite complex and must be carried out properly with no short cuts taken.

The jaws, as the rest of the skeleton, consist of cartilage and fibres. They are not bone, therefore their preparation requires different techniques and chemicals.

Get the job done right


Ignore methods such as boiling shark jaws, burying them in sand, or leaving them in seawater. You will only end up with a smelly piece of cartilage and lots of loose teeth!

There is no easy way of cleaning the jaws; just a lot of patience and attention to detail.

The process of cleaning, whitening and drying the jaws takes on average about 3 months as the jaws are allowed to dry naturally (positioned + shaped on a drying board) before any of the final touches are applied in order to produce a superior result.

Let's get started


Contact Simon to discuss your shark jaw project or view our pricing.

Anglers are encouraged to discuss their requirements, and I will email photographs to give you an idea of what the end result will look like. This allows me to identify if there are any changes to be made to ensure 100% satisfaction from the client. There are various perspex colours that can be chosen as well as the wording for the plaque.

The process


Any jaw will need to be removed from the shark.

(If you require me to do that, there will be an additional cost.)

The jaws need to be wrapped up in plastic and frozen immediately, so as not to stain the cartilage with dried blood and fluids. I use Pack n Send in Botany to send the jaws, both within Australia and overseas. The cost of shipping will be extra.

The usual turn around for jaws is usually around 2-3 months, although if it is an urgent job, let me know and I will be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take.

Why the old tried and failed method of burying jaws doesn't work!

Shark jaws are made of cartilage, the same material that is found on your ears and nose. It’s like a kind of gristle. It is not bone, like other animal skulls. Consequently any notion of burying the jaws in the backyard, putting them on an anthill, boiling them in water, will end up destroying the jaws and all the teeth will fall out.

Likewise, the teeth in the jaw are not anchored by roots, like many mammal skulls. They are loosely attached to the jaw via a membrane that when heated, will turn to a jelly-like consistency and essentially melt. Hence that’s why many a great set of shark jaws has been destroyed by boiling the jaws in the belief that there is a quick way of cleaning shark jaws. There isn’t!! Cartilage is a very tough when dried, but extremely pliable and prone to cracking when wet.

That’s why the process of cleaning shark jaws is an exact science if you want to get excellent results. If the jaws are left in water or bleaching solution, they will start to soften too much and the fine ligaments and tissues holding the jaws together will weaken and could potentially peel away from both the top and bottom jaw. Not only, but the teeth will also most likely start to fall out as a result of staying immersed in water for too long.


  1. Leaving the jaw on an ant’s nest does NOT work.
  2. Boiling the jaw will NOT work
  3. Placing the jaw in bleach will NOT work
  4. Leaving the jaw in saltwater will NOT work