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You are on Shark Jaws Page 14

Contents this page: Rick Stringer, Shark Jaw Man
Weird Shark Photo Gallery, Planet Shark, Other Shark jaws, display only

TABLE OF CONTENTS ON PAGE 1

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RICK STRINGER

SHARK JAW MAN
Shark jaw preparation service

 

Biography

Rick is a semi-retired attorney (AND drummer in a band) living in the Charleston SC area with a lovely wife, children & grandchildren who approached us via email to trade his smaller, better great white shark jaw for our bigger "Mr. Ugly" great white shark jaw.  He had been collecting shark jaws for years, and enjoyed catch & release fishing for many years.

We not only made the trade, but took Rick up on the offer to start prepping some 4000+ shark jaws we had recently acquired that  needed re-soaking, shaping, identifying species, etc. to be able to sell them along with our other jaws.  Here is just half of the jaws we had unloaded into a semi container, waiting to be processed/reworked in October of 2011.

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Rick did a superb job on the jaws over the two years, improving his skills and his choice of tools and supplies exponentially along the way.  Here's a list of the species shown on our site for sale that he has reworked:

Blacktip, Blue, Bramble, bull, copper, dusky, galapagos, goblin, great white, hammerhead, hemipristis, lemon, mako, nurse, sandbar, shark ray, six gill, silvertip, silky, spinner, spottail, thresher, tiger, white tip reef, zebra shark jaws (photo examples below.

He discovered that his real passion was working with shark jaws as a second career.  So we offered to set up a web page to offer his services.   If you have a jaw that needs work, contact him directly at:

Rick Stringer

pfstringer@yahoo.com

Telephone 

(South Carolina time, 9am to 5pm EST)  843-588-2103

Here's the last batch of jaws we received back from Rick that will soon be documented & added to the website
Bramble shark jaws

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Mainly bull & spinner shark jaws

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The whole batch

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...and one batch of all the zebra shark jaws, that Rick said he thought would never end.  These are already on the site.
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"AFTER" photos of a few of the jaws 

Rick prepped for Where on Earth.  

We don't have "before" photos, but believe me, they needed work

Bluntnose six gill

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Bramble

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Bull shark

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Tiger shark

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Blue shark; even though this jaw was preserved in its first life with formaldehyde, Rick was able to improve it

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Shortfin mako

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Zebra shark

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Galapagos shark

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Goblin shark jaw

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JAW PREPARATION

The process in cleaning and preparing a jaw is not as easy as some suggest. An ant hill or even flesh consuming beetles will not work. The only way to properly prep a jaw is to remove ALL of the flesh, a time consuming and tedious task. 

  

After that the jaws must be soaked in an industrial peroxide solution for several days (extreme caution in handling this fluid). Then they must be soaked in water for at least another day and then dried for several more days, propped open with sticks.

  

          
We also do extensive restoration of old and damaged jaws, bringing them back to pristine condition.

 

As for pricing,  we charge according to the size of the jaw and the amount of restoration or repair needed. An email with photos will allow a price quotation; shipping is charged to the customer. 

 

 

Glenn & Heidi's

GREAT WHITE SHARK JAW

from Rick, reworked

BEFORE PHOTOS

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Here is the work done on the small great white shark jaw we traded with Rick, he decided to re-work it.

Went ahead and soaked em for a day and a half. The good news is I was able to whiten them up and even remove some excess gum. The bad news is it will have to be repaired again in places but I wanted to do that anyway. Drying time first though. "We can rebuild him. Make him stronger, faster..." 

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AFTER PHOTOS

    

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Inside photos

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By the way, I got the rest of those teeth out and they are actually really good; not hollow but full fledged teeth, the largest is a little over 1 and1/4th of an inch. When positioned properly they look larger than the way I had them. I will need one tooth that is lacking a good base. I can send that one to you to match.. I'd stick with the originals but it's up to you. Another problem with larger teeth would be fitting them in the existing jaw.

Here's Glenn (right) and Rick (left) taken when Glenn picked up the jaw again.

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They are done and I'm really happy with the way they turned out.

 

 MR UGLY 

GREAT WHITE SHARK JAW

BEFORE PHOTOS

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Outer upper & lower jaw, close-up photos

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Back of jaw, upper & lower close-up photos

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AFTER PHOTOS 

  

And proudly hanging back on his Jaw Wall

  

RICK JUST FINISHED PREPPING A MEGAMOUTH SHARK JAW FOR US
PHOTOS TO COME!

 

 

 

HEMIPRISTIS SERRA LIVES!

MADE WITH FOSSIL TEETH

An ambitious project Rick has wanted to work on for years for himself...

  

He acquired an entire dentition of a fossil hemipristis shark jaw

Here is the finished jaw, shown

 with a modern Hemipristis shark jaw inside of it

 

We here at Where on Earth are proud of the quality & volume of work that Rick has done for us.  We recommend his services to any that need a jaw re-worked.  Contact info for Rick is above.

Glenn and Heidi Reed

Where on Earth

 

 

PLANET SHARK
PLANET SHARKS has purchased numerous large jaws from us for display at their location in New Zealand.  Here's a photo of some of our shark jaws in New Zealand:

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PLANET SHARK EXHIBITIONS
 

Now they're adding to their location at the Atlanta Aquarium (Georgia) and are purchasing more for educational purposes there.  

These are the SHARK JAWS that we SOLD to PLANET SHARK for the Atlanta Aquarium
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Hemipristis Shark

11" wide x est. 7" tall

 

Dusky Shark

19-1/2" wide x 12" tall

Goblin Shark  Measures 14-3/8" wide x 12-5/8" tall; 1-1/4" primary teeth

Goblin Shark  Measures 14-7/8" wide x 13-3/4" tall

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Great Hammerhead Shark

  17" wide x 11" tall; 5/8" teeth 

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Shortfin Mako Shark

20" wide x 11-3/4" tall, broken tooth in front

Oceanic White Tip Shark From Australian waters, caught near Sydney Australia in 1992, from a 6' shark

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Tiger Shark

25" wide x 16-1/4" tall, 1-1/8" primary teeth

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OTHER SHARK JAWS

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HOLY COW!  This is the jaw from a BROADNOSE SEVEN GILL (or COW SHARK) (Notorynchus cepedianus)  See the tooth "sets" it has?  Also a good closeup of the rows of teeth typical in sharks, ready to move into place when a tooth is lost. 

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Zebra shark jaw 

(Stegostoma fasciatum) Great tiny rows of perfect teeth.

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RARE!!  Modern HEMIPRISTIS (Snaggle tooth; Hemipristis elongatus) shark jaw - this shark was thought to be extinct till recently.  Heidi's favorite.

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Nurse shark jaw

(Ginglymostoma cirratum)

 

PORT JACKSON SHARK JAW (Australia)

Weird "teeth" made for crunching coral like candy, this jaw is 5" tall x 4" wide

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  Pucker up!  This jaw is from the PORT JACKSON SHARK (Heterodontus portusjacksoni), from Australian waters.  Great crushing power in these jaws, though it's just a medium sized jaw.  The third view is from the inside looking out.  Way cool!  Value: $275

 

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Dear Where on Earth,
    Thank you for sending the shark jaw from my Grandma.  I won't let my dog eat this one, but he was trying to when we were taking the pictures.  I really like the shark jaw and will keep it in a good spot.
                Ainslee Bessmer, age 8

 

Here's customer Suzanne's purchases of shark jaws from us and other ocean critters in her collection with the new netting that shows them off:

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Thanks for sharing!

 

WEIRD SHARK PHOTO GALLERY

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The goblin (or elfin) shark (Scapanorhynchus, also known as Mitsukurina owstoni) is truly a living fossil!  Thought to be extinct for 90 million years, it was rediscovered in 1898.  This has won our UGLIEST SHARK CONTEST, hands down, don't you think?

 

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These sand tiger sharks photographed on the Aliwal Shoal off the coast of Africa are an orthodontist's nightmare!  They can't even close their mouths if they wanted to!  You can see why they're also called "Raggies", short for spotted ragged-tooth shark.  Whatta mug!

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This tiger shark jaw is HUGE - this is at the Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum in Myrtle Beach - there is no measurement on the sign - but I'm glad there's no shark attached to it anymore!

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The Cookie Cutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis) wins the prize for the most MOXIE.  This gutsy shark is one of the smallest in the shark world, yet he takes cookie-cutter looking plugs of flesh from giant whales (second photo) and have even left similar marks on SUBMARINES!  Not to mention serious damage to fiber optic cables laid on the sea floor - YUM!  

Last photo of teeth, compliments of Joanne Panek-Dubrock from the North Carolina Fossil Club, exhibiting at the Aurora Fossil Festival, N.C. at the Aurora Fossil Museum

He's a close relative of the KITEFIN SHARK (look above), great cutters he's got there!

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This is an abnormally long tail (5 feet high) of a Thresher Shark caught by Zane Grey, reported by his son Loren Grey in the book "Shark - The Killer of the Deep" that I thought was quite interesting.  He described the shark as having bulbous eyes on top of its head that rotated like an iguana's eyes so it could see its own tail, and had been seen beating a small whale to death with its tail while biting it at the same time. 

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PRICKLY SHARK

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FRILLED SHARK

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BASKING SHARK

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GHOST SHARK (looks like it has a moustache!

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This Megamouth Shark (Megachasma pelagios) is only one of two specimens ever found, one off Hawaii and one off California.  The teeth are very small and needle-like.  It feeds on plankton.  This shark won the BIG MOUTH contest.  Then in November 2002 I got this photo of a megamouth tooth, which is quite rare ..

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(Above) Picture of a megamouth tooth found here on the East coast, photo taken at a fossil show here in Myrtle Beach, 2002. (Below) more great photos from another source:

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Bowmouth guitarfish, mud skate, or shark ray (Rhina ancylostoma), and the sole member of the family Rhinidae

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OTHER WEIRD MARINE CRITTERS !!
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BLACK DRAGONFISH

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BLOB FISH

 

CHIMAERA FISH

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CHIMAERA PUP

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OREO DORY

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FANGTOOTH

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FIREFLY SQUID

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LIZARD FISH

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VIPER FISH

 

WEIRD SHARKS at the 

Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado

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Cretoxyrhina shark jaw, associated vertebrae & teeth.   This shark was nicknamed the "Ginsu shark" after the kitchen knife that "slices & dices", it was such a large (up to 25' long) & fearsome predator shark.  Serrated teeth measured up to 2" long.

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Associated vertebrae of the Squalicorax shark, another Extinct Cretaceous age shark

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Helicoprion shark with the strangest curled bottom jaw you've ever seen (See Sharks page 15 for more photos of this)

Shark coprolite (poop!)

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 Even SHARK PUKE:

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Vintage shark drawings are awesome, thanks to the sharing of the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  Also see the link at the bottom of that page, to view the entire online Biodiversity library of all animals. 

 http://animals.io9.com/vintage-shark-illustrations-are-jaw-droppingly-gorgeous-1627632883

 

 

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