I received on the 7 May this beautiful Mako shark jaw from an angler who caught it last year. He sent me the jaw that had been partially cleaned, and was in quite good condition. The teeth were all in very good condition and interestingly they exhibit some traits which are similar to.
The cartilage on the flanges was perfect, and the Mako jaw had been expertly removed. There were no issues cleaning the jaw, and they turned out really nicely once all the meat had been removed.
This Mako shark jaw has some interesting staining on the top teeth, and I am not sure what that is caused by. I guess the stains will come out in the whitening solution, or they can be subsequently removed with a Dremmel tool.
The tissue was very white even before the whitening solution, and the jaw was actually quite fresh. No issues with the removal of the flesh. The jaw was then rinsed and placed in my Clean-a-Jaw whitening solution, and kept it in there for around 2 days, examining it frequently.
The Mako jaw was then removed from the solution, then rinsed and any small bits of flesh and meat were then removed with a small scalpel. I then patted the jaw dry and examined its shape before placing it on the board.
On the top part of the jaw, I placed some cloth material I had soaked in my whitening solution to give extra whitening to the top teeth in the hope of removing the yellow staining. The jaw was left to dry on the board for around 2 weeks, then I placed it in my drying tent overnight.
I removed the Mako jaw from the board and began repairing the cracks on the upper jaw.
Not much more to repair, just a light sanding and the jaw is finished.