An update on the Mako shark skeleton prepared for the Museum.
Most of the shark flesh is now off the skeleton. Now I start on the difficult task of cleaning the fins and gills.
In most cases , there are very few museum displays of shark skeletons. Even rarer, are skeleton mounts showing all the gill filaments.
This is because the filaments are extremely thin, fragile and many of them.
In addition, the filaments are cartilage which pose a lot of problems when drying them. They will need to be disconnected and then re-attached at a later stage.
The way to attach them to the gill system is to use clear acetate plastic strips which hide the anchoring points to the rest of the gill structure. This will ensure a clear view of the very intricate gill structure of the Mako shark.