In the world of shark modeling, it’s hard to get a good picture of how these creatures actually behave.
A new photo of a tooth necklace made from tooth-shaped objects is selling for $950, making it the second-highest-selling shark model since 2009.
The necklace is one of a growing number of shark models that are sold online and are being marketed as high-quality models that provide a detailed and realistic view of these animals’ tooth behavior.
“It’s a really cool model,” says Michael Gazzaley, a marine biologist and curator at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
“It’s really beautiful, very high-end, and you can actually see them from up close.”
The model is made of wood, which Gazzara says “sounds like a toy.”
He points out that the teeth are arranged in a way that’s very similar to a toothpick.
“You can actually grab the teeth with your finger and pull them out,” he says.
“That’s one of the cool things about this model.
You can hold it in your hand and actually see their teeth.””
You can get some really high-resolution images of sharks using this,” says Gazzeria.
“This is one example of that.”
In 2015, Gazzia started collecting teeth for his research on tooth and gill floss.
One year later, he and his team started to get some ideas for how these animals would eat.
To start, they wanted to make tooth jewelry, and the team realized they’d already built models that looked like they’d come from an old toy store.
“The idea was to just build an object like this so you could have something for your children to show them, and to actually take them and show them the things,” Gazzaria says.
So, the team began building models from plastic toy bins.
They built the model from an orange bin filled with toothbrushes and toothpaste, which is how the model came to be.
Gazzeria says he was surprised to see how accurate the tooth model looked.
“The model has an extremely close approximation of how the shark’s tooth behavior looks,” he explains.
“They actually have a lot of the same anatomy as a real shark.
They have two vertebrae and two pectoral fins.”
In the model, the teeth in the middle of the model are arranged differently, and their orientation is similar to how sharks use their pectors to grab and hold prey.
Gazzario says they built a similar model to one he made for the Gulf of Mexico, using a similar shape and size of toothbrush to the one he’s making now.
Grazia says that, because they’re so close in size and structure, the toothbrush model will work best for the species that is most closely related to the Pacific gray whale.
The whale is found in the Pacific, but the models are the first to show teeth in other ocean areas.
“For the Pacific grey whale, they’ve got a lot more teeth that are actually in the mouth than other species that live in the oceans,” he said.
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As for the shark, it was a fun project, and I’m really excited to build a model that can actually be used for real-life research.”
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