Like the skull, the rest of the shark skeleton is also cartilage. The articulation of a full shark skeleton is an extremely difficult and laborious process, involving many hours of careful cleaning, using both surgical equipment and chemicals.
The drying process, after the whitening, is the most important aspect of the preparation, as the fins and other thin areas will tend to shrink and warp, unless they are positioned and kept in place with various clamps. A full skeleton will usually take up to 4-6 weeks to fully dry, and then a further 2 weeks to finish completely.
At Elasmo-Morph, we clean and prepare the skeletons of many types of Shark species including:
- Tiger Shark
- Mako Shark
- White Shark
- Hammerhead Shark
- Port Jackson Shark
There is also a guide on how to prepare your shark specimen ready for the Taxidermist.