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Authentic Sperm Whale Tooth, Large

A remarkable marine relic and a one-of-a-kind aesthetic shape.

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Unlock the secrets of the deep with this remarkable authentic sperm whale tooth, a piece of marine history that whispers tales of the open ocean. Sourced from a bygone era, this unique specimen offers a glimpse into the magnificent world of one of the ocean's most iconic creatures, the sperm whale.

This sperm whale tooth boasts a captivating, one-of-a-kind aesthetic with its ivory-yellow color and distinctive, tapered shape. Each groove and line tells a story of the whale's life in the ocean's depths. It exhibits impeccable condition, featuring a finely pointed tip and a well-defined hollow root cavity. It's plausible that the tooth underwent preparation for the intricate art of scrimshaw, likely many years in the past.

Historically, sperm whale teeth were highly prized by sailors and whalers, often crafted into exquisite scrimshaw artwork, functional tools, and coveted keepsakes.

Whether you're an avid collector, a maritime enthusiast, or a lover of unique and rare items, this sperm whale tooth is a remarkable addition to any collection. Use it as an educational tool to explore the biology and history of these magnificent marine mammals.

Dimensions: 550g (1.2 lb), ~ 6 inches tall, ~2.75 diameter at the base.

Please note: Please be aware that the sale of products made from endangered species, including sperm whales, is subject to strict regulations. Ensure that you comply with all applicable laws in your area before purchasing this item.

This authentic sperm whale tooth offers a glimpse into a bygone era of seafaring and serves as a conversation piece, an educational tool, or a unique addition to your collection. Don't miss the opportunity to own this incredible piece of marine history.

About Sperm Whales

Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest toothed whales and have impressive dimensions. Here are some key measurements and details about their size:

  • Adult male sperm whales can reach lengths of up to 52 to 67 feet (16 to 20 meters), while females are generally smaller, typically around 33 to 39 feet (10 to 12 meters) in length.
  • Adult males can weigh between 35 to 45 tons (70,000 to 90,000 pounds), and adult females typically weigh between 15 to 20 tons (30,000 to 40,000 pounds).
  • Sperm whales are known for their large, conical teeth. Each tooth can weigh as much as one kilogram and reach lengths of up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) or more. However, these teeth are relatively small compared to the overall size of the whale.

Sperm whales are remarkable deep-sea divers and are known for their astonishing ability to reach incredible depths in their search for food. Here's some information about their diving behavior:

  1. Maximum Depths: Sperm whales are known to dive to remarkable depths, often exceeding 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and sometimes reaching depths of up to 14,000 feet (4,200 meters) or more. These deep dives are among the deepest recorded for any marine mammal.

  2. Dive Duration: Sperm whales can remain submerged for extended periods, typically spending about 45 minutes to an hour underwater during a single dive. However, they are capable of holding their breath for up to 90 minutes or more.

  3. Foraging: These deep dives are primarily for hunting their favorite prey, giant and colossal squid. Sperm whales are known to use echolocation to locate and capture their prey in the inky depths of the ocean.

About the Art of Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw is a unique and intricate form of folk art that originated among sailors in the 19th century, particularly in whaling communities. It involves the carving, engraving, or etching of designs and scenes onto various materials, with the most common medium being the teeth and bones of marine animals, such as sperm whale teeth and walrus tusks.

Import / Export Regulations

This item cannot be exported from Canada. The import or export of goods containing ivory, whale bone, sealskin, or items made from other endangered or protected species is often prohibited or restricted, and the import or export of such goods frequently calls for specific licences or permissions. The purchaser is in charge of ensuring that the item is correctly and legally exported or imported. For further information, don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts.


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