I have just received this very old and beautiful White shark jaw from a client to restore.
Originally caught in Tasmania in the early 80’s, it’s had some “work” done to it previously. Some of the teeth have been filed smooth and a coat of what appears to be a white lacquer has been applied.
It has been hanging in the same fish co-op until now, since the early 1980’s.
The jaw dimensions are: DUJP is 820mm. The DLJP is 686mm. The bite circumference for the upper jaw is 698mm and the bite circumference for the lower jaw is 550mm.
Based on the height of the upper principle tooth, I would estimate this shark to have been around 4.34 metres in total length.
The process of restoring this jaw will start with the removal of the white paint and the softening of the cartilage, so as to remove the front row of teeth and expose the second row.