Simon hold two shark teeth.

White Shark Teeth

Shark teeth are probably the most seen and known parts of a shark, followed by their jaw. Most small curio shops around seasides have containers filled with shark teeth, both modern and prehistoric.

People recognise shark teeth as soon as they see them, yet are only familiar with a small number of different teeth from the most well known sharks  – Bull sharks, Mako sharks, Tiger sharks and Blue sharks, and of course White sharks.

In fact there are hundreds of different species of sharks, all with their own specific tooth shape.

The most known, and sought after shark tooth is the one from the White shark (Carcharodon carcharias). These sharks have been protected since the late 1990’s, therefore the majority of legal shark teeth for sale on the market are from old collections. 

These shark teeth can get up to 2″ (50.8mm) in height and they are formidable to hold and watch in action. Each shark tooth is serrated, which means they are meant for cutting prey, reflecting the diet of the White shark, based pretty much on both fish and sea mammals, such as seals.

The enamel on the shark teeth themselves is quite thin, hence why in some instances of attacks, the investigators discover fragments of teeth in either the victim or the surfboard or kayak. The teeth can shatter, due to the incredible force of the jaw (it has been estimated that a 10ft (3.048 metres) shark has a bite power of around 3 metric tons per square centimetre. These measurements were only taken under controlled laboratory testing, and I would say that in the wild the bite could be probably considerably more, depending on a variety of factors. Nonetheless, the combination of both the bite pressure and the teeth themselves, cause a lot of damage to the victim.

Mako shark teeth for sale (Isurus oxyrinchus). Height of primary upper left tooth 42.63mm. Dried upper jaw perimeter (DUJP) of the jaw 792mm. Dried lower jaw perimeter (DLJP) 599mm.

At Elasmo-Morph, all the teeth I source from White sharks are from old collections. Jaws have been held onto as family heirlooms, and suddenly are sold once the true value of such items is realised. Over the years, the price of both jaws and teeth from White sharks has soared, leading unfortunately to a black market for such items which at times would have lead to the killing of such animals illegally. Therefore all the shark teeth for sale from me, all have a CITES certificate, which allows the teeth to be imported into Australia and then re-sold overseas.

AUSTRALIA & INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species), prevents (to a certain degree) the commercial sale of illegally acquired items across international borders. Before a certificate is issued, the governing body needs to make sure the item in question (whether a jaw or a tooth) has been acquired prior to the animal being placed on the endangered list. Unless a certificate has been issued, it is very difficult to be able to import or export the jaw or tooth into another country.

Many collectors and sellers take short cuts and either buy or sell without the proper documentation. This can lead to confiscation of the item by the authorities and severe penalties are issued. Not worth the pain doing something like this.

The certificates usually take an average of between 4-6 weeks to be issued, and before the jaw or tooth can be posted, the client will need to contact the relevant authorities in their country and alert them to the fact they will be receiving a CITES specimen. In most cases, if the item has a pre-convention certificate (it was caught prior to it being protected), there is no paperwork or documentation required from the client. If it has another code on the certificate, it is best to contact the local authorities, showing them a copy of the certificate and ensuring there are no steps the client needs to take to ensure the item arrives safely and is released by the authorities with no issues.

If you wish to purchase White shark teeth that are 100% legal and will come with the correct paperwork, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to furnish you with further information, together with photos, measurements and prices. We also have reproduction copies of some of the largest White shark teeth, including a giant specimen caught in New Zealand in the late 1800’s.

Would you like to find out more about our real shark teeth for sale? Get in touch with Simon on +61 477 071 000 or leave an enquiry via the form below.

6 Comments

  1. Hi I’m interested in purchasing a White Shark tooth (similar to that picture above in this section) with the written verification. Could you please advise me of options and costs.

    Many thanks
    Patsy McFarlane
    0413478812

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    1. Hi Patsy
      Thank you for your message.
      From the number you have included I assume you are based in Australia?
      I have a number of teeth available at the moment, and I am waiting on some more in the next few weeks.
      Do you have a price in mind?
      Kind Regards
      Simon De Marchi

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    2. Goedendag, wat kost en grote witte haaien tand van de frontale bovenkaak?

      Mvg

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      1. Hi Gordon
        Thank you for your message. I hope I have understood what you are asking. You asked for the price of an upper, anterior white shark tooth? If so, it all depends on the size of it, as they can range from AUD$300 up to AUD$2000+ for really large ones.
        Regards
        Simon De Marchi

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  2. hi mate, do you have any modern great white teeth for under $230ish, thanks

    ,tyler

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    1. Hi Tyler
      Thank you for the message.
      At this stage the cheapest I have are around AUD$300 plus postage.
      Kind Regards
      Simon De Marchi

      Reply

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