Whale tooth

 Looking for some advice I have been given a sperm whale tooth, are there any laws on pocessing whale teeth?  Any valuers aound to price them? Just add no scrimshaw all natural.


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 They are a protected species

Wed, 2019-03-06 07:42

 They are a protected species so would be no different as to having White shark jaws. There was someone recently fined a pretty large amount for having a set of white shark jaws. 

Not sure where you would stand if you can prove they were from an era when whaling was legal. 



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 There is a method to get

Wed, 2019-03-06 08:13

 There is a method to get CITES approval.

They sell the teeth in Albany, I have a few


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Christ, Albany had better look out.

Wed, 2019-03-06 13:01

 Heaps of them around in private possession, scrimshawed or not, I don't you could realistically get done for private  possession. " your honor, this fisherman obviously caught and killed a protected sperm whale from his 18ft runabout. No, really, your honor, how else could he have come into possession? " 

Couldn't see it flying in a legal sense, somehow. selling would be a different matter--if you did it publically.

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I also have one I bought in

Thu, 2019-03-07 18:01

I also have one I bought in Albany a few years back. 

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 they used to be found in

Thu, 2019-03-07 18:18

 they used to be found in abundance under the old jetty. most would be long gone now or buried deep in the mud. 


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