I was incredibly fortunate to receive this beautiful head and tail from a very interesting shark, the Thresher shark.
These sharks are rarely caught in NSW waters by commercial fishermen, and the capture of a species like this is indeed amazing.
With a tail length that is close to the length of the body itself, the Thresher uses its long whip-like tail to hunt, stunning its prey by flicking it in the school of fish.
The tail I am going to articulate will be dissected on one side to reveal the structure of the vertebral column, while the other side of the tail will remain intact.
The skull has an unusual shape, in that it has a bulbous shape.
That is compared to the streamlined, fusiform shape we see in Mako sharks and White sharks.
This particular head has 2 commercial longline circle hooks embedded in the jaw, which have gone right through the lower cartilage of the jaw.
The skull and tail will both be for sale once completed.