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    Default Sea Lice to clean skulls

    Dropped my bear skull in a shrimp pot for a few days.
    Bear skull after 3 days.jpgBear skull in shrimp pot.jpg
    Sea Lice did a decent job on it.
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    Nice. One note that I have heard but I don't have experience with myself is to use an open weave bag of some sort to catch any teeth that might fall out but still have openings to let the lice in. I'm guessing you didn't have any issues with loosing teeth?

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    Correct, I was checking the teeth daily when we pulled the pots, they were tight.
    Had a bag in the event they started to loosen but it was not an issue.
    Powerwashed it when I got home.
    The lice do an amazing job getting all the tiny holes that blood vessels fill and in the nose cavity/sinus area.

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    Thats awesome! Thanks for the report. I've got a few needing that kind of treatment.

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    That is really nice BK! I wish I could do something like that commercially, but I would not trust other people's skulls to the ocean, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    That is really nice BK! I wish I could do something like that commercially, but I would not trust other people's skulls to the ocean, lol
    Sounds like you need some Dermestid Beetles.

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    80-90 degree water and 10 days in a bucket does wonders as well!




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    Quote Originally Posted by Anythingalaska View Post
    Sounds like you need some Dermestid Beetles.
    I would consider them except they are not something I want escaping and getting into my shop ... if I had a separate building in a different location I would for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    I would consider them except they are not something I want escaping and getting into my shop ... if I had a separate building in a different location I would for sure.
    I have two colonies of beetles if any one needs any beetle cleaning in southeast. IMO, the bear skull in shrimp pot is risky business. I Have lost teeth before and still didn't clean thick cartilage off. Bugs are fast, efficient cleaners.
    I am properly licensed and accepting skulls. I will also do taxi prep for anyone interested.

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