Beautiful Vintage Stingray Spine
• The ray's flat body is designed to allow them to dig in and hide from predators on sandy sea bottoms.
• Rays inhabit coastal waters including estuaries, lagoons and have been known to tolerate low salinity allowing them to flourish in freshwater rivers.
• There are approximately 70 species in the world.
• The serrated venomous tail spine is actually a "modified scale" known as "dermal denticles"
on sharks, rays and the teeth of a sword fish.
• The barb is a unique weapon as not only can it "stick" an attacker but also can transmit a venom from its mucus coating.
• They sting only as a defense mechanism.
• Stingrays shed and replace their caudal tail spines...some on a yearly basis.
Spines over 5" are very rare-
They will never be "perfect" in appearance, but remain stunning none the less.
You will receive the barb in the photograph.
We have painstakingly measured and categorized thousands of barbs and offer a variety of assortments.
These are a byproduct of the fishing industry in Bangladesh. Harvested in 1980.
• Professionally Cleaned
• Not Poisonous
• Very Sharp
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