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Mar 14, 2014 10:22 PM

Large tooth found .

Any one know what animal this could be off? Believe it or not I found it on a fence outside my school and I have become really intros red in it. Thanks for all replies any would be helpful :)

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    Mar 16, 2014 8:59 PM (in response to Dan mawer)
    Re: Large tooth found .

    Hi Dan

    Interesting were you found it, obviously someone left it to be found or someone put it down and forgot it.

    I don't know what animal it came from (could be whale) but teeth very similar were used to carve 'Scrimshaw' into them.

    The whale hunters in there spare time used the animals teeth to carve things into them, like the ship they were on.



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      Mar 17, 2014 9:02 PM (in response to Tabfish)
      Re: Large tooth found .

      This does indeed look like a whale tooth. Two species have teeth this size, sperm whale and killer whale. Although the size of the whales are very differnet the size of the teeth are similar, however, sperm whale teeth are all made of softer dentine where as killer whale teeth have a hard enamel on the point like our teeth. So if the sharp end is harder than the end with the hole in it (the root) then it is killer whale. One more thing there are thousands of fake sperm whale teeth on the market, they are made of plastic and they melt. Get a pin and heat it to red hot and try to push it into the root end of the tooth, if it goes in (and smells of melted plastic) then it is a fake.

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