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Moray Eel Skeletal Mount

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by AlphaSkullSmack, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. Hi all.
    I finally found some time to mount a 3 ft. moray that I've had boxed for about 2 years now. First, ....He was a strip bait subject for Trevally coast fishing, turned dog chew toy, when me and my Hawaiian Friend weren't looking (slight vertebrae damage, but "whatcha gonna do?"), to finally a lig. skeleton which I have been wanting to mount in a creative way. Persuaded mainly from the kids I have a skull & skeleton club with, ("Man, you gotta do something with THAT!") and they were right, so the project came to life. I found the coral at a beach side surf shop in Galveston, bought the 1 inch thick base at Home Depot (I think it's shelf material). Wish I could say it took mad skills to do this but in all honesty all I did was rehydrate and set to dry, in the pose I wanted. Pretty easy-schmeasy. I notice my pictures make the skeleton look yellow, (even the coral, which is pure white) but I think it's the lighting or something (I'm far from a photographer) He soaked in acetone for a 2 month stint and leached slightly after drying, but I was happy with the results. Snapped a few pictures during the process, for anyone who may want to see my technique. No big deal, ....hope you enjoy.
     

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  3. That is fantastic!
     
  4. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Nifty. Good practice for the future 6 footer.
     
  5. how beautiful!
     
  6. RWOOD

    RWOOD New Member

    I like it!
     
  7. I want it.
     
  8. WOW....neat!!!!!
     
  9. It's really elegant. I love it.
     
  10. Nice presentation :)
     
  11. Very cool!
     
  12. Thanks everyone. Really wish I had the fins for it, but they were beyond repair. Just heard today though that I may score a deal of a couple yellow margins & a couple peppered morays, est. delivery by next week. I'm crossing my fingers.