Sharks are arguably the king of the sea. Many swimmers are terrified by the mere thought of a shark lurking in the ocean below them. An angler who is lucky enough to catch the beast may want to clean and preserve the black tip shark jaws as a way to commemorate their catch. The shark jaws are typically hung on the wall or from a ceiling. If you clean the black tip shark jaws properly, they will last a lifetime.
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Things you need
- Fillet knife
- Nylon brush
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Bamboo skewers
- 75 watt bulb
Cut away all flesh and tendons from the shark jaws. Carefully use a fillet knife to remove the jaws, flesh, muscle and tendons from the jaws. Be careful not to cut yourself or scrape the jaws with the knife.
Fill a container large enough for the jaws to fit into with household bleach. Submerge the black tip shark jaws in the bleach. Leave them in the bleach for no more than 60 seconds.
Remove the jaws from the bleach while wearing a pair of rubber gloves.
Rinse the jaws thoroughly in cool water. Use a nylon brush to gently scrub away any debris that is stuck on the jaws.
Fill another container large enough for the black tip shark jaws with hydrogen peroxide. Submerge the jaws into the peroxide for 2 to 3 minutes to whiten the teeth and jaws.
Use bamboo skewers stuck in a styrofoam block to set the shark jaws in the desired position. The bamboo skewers are used to prop the jaws open. Place a 75-watt light bulb 37.5 cm (15 inches) away from black tip shark jaws and allow to dry for 5 hours.
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