You get 5 (FIVE) of these real hole drilled stingray barb spines beads tail spines. These are real stingray spines, the same thing that famously pierced the heart of Steve Irwin and killed him as he swam next to a stingray on camera. These spines are 2 to 3 inches long, although most are closer to 2 inches. I have drilled a hole in each one, back to front. These spines are rather sharp at the tips like a sharp tipped tooth pick. But you can blunt the tips easily using course sandpaper or other abrasives. These barbs are made of dentine and enamel which is basically the same thing that teeth are made out of. When still attached to the ray, the spines are also covered with a neurotoxic venom that is very painful but usually not deadly unless secondary infection is not controlled (or you get stabbed directly in the heart like Steve Irwin). But these barbs have been cleaned and are not venomous. The venom is made of a protein that breaks down in boiling water. (if you ever get stabbed by a venomous barb that is still on the ray, the best course of action is to immediately soak the affected area in water that is as hot as you can possibly tolerate without getting burned)
These spines are also equipped with tiny angled smaller spines as seen in the 3rd photo. The smaller spines are not sharp but they will tend to snag on fuzzy objects. The smaller spines make it so that the spine only wants to travel in one direction. Because of this trait, sting ray barbs have been used by many native populations throughout the world for things like arrow heads, spears, fishing hooks, needles, awls, and artwork. These photos are stock photos. You may not get these exact barbs but ones very similar. Great for an interesting and creepy prop or to make into jewelry or artwork of your own. For these same spines but undrilled at a reduced price, see my listing here: https://www.etsystudio.com/listing/112553950/15-stingray-barbs-real-bone-taxidermy or visit the TOOTH/CLAW link below. Other drilled natural items here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers/search?search_query=drilled&order=date_desc&view_type=gallery&ref=shop_search .
All our taxidermy animal bones, skeletons, and skulls are byproducts from other industries. Stingrays are eaten in many parts of the world. Some stingrays have up to 13 spines per animal which are regularly lost or shed and then regrown during the normal course of their lives. Their spines range in length depending on the size of the ray. Also, dozens of stingray barbs are often found in the throats of sharks that prey on stingrays. Stingray populations are high throughout the world and although they perform a valuable function controlling snail and invertebrate populations, when present in too high numbers, they can be disruptive to shell fish populations.
Foreign customers, my apologies but US export law does not allow me to ship wild animal products out of country.
See The Shop Sections:
SHOP HOME PAGE https://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?ref=si_shop
ANIMAL PARTS:...... http://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?section_id=11681936
FUR TAILS:.............. http://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?section_id=11681932
SKULL and BONE:. http://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?section_id=10766208
HUMAN TEETH:....... http://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?section_id=11675995
HAIR FEATHERS:.... http://www.etsy.com/shop/EvasFeathers?section_id=10766370
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I typically ship either the same day or the next day after the order, not including Sundays and post office holidays. Once in a while I may need an extra day for items that require a lot of fabrication. Or occasionally I may be out of town for a few days, see shop notifications at the top of the shop home page for latest info. When your item ships, you will receive notification from Etsy to the email address on file.
Please be advised that shipping companies including USPS are often not diligent about scanning packages at every stop along the way, they are only diligent about scanning for the final delivery stop. They are supposed to scan the whole way but often skip it. Thus packages may look to be not moving at all on tracking which may mean they are delayed or it may just mean that they are moving normally but have not been scanned at each stop. Most of the time, even slow or delayed packages will eventually arrive at destination but I do not have any power to fix problems once USPS has the package. USPS employees only know the same tracking info we can see and they do not have the power to know anything other than that or to find any packages not showing on tracking. I have many times tried to get them to look or to open investigations and all efforts are to no avail. Unfortunately the only solution for delayed packages is to wait and other shipping companies aren't any better. Tracking only shows where the package was previously, it usually does not show where the package actually is in real time right now.
How items are typically shipped depends on the item but here is what is typical:
--Light weight items under 16 oz: USPS 1st class mail, usually 2 to 5 days in transit but sometimes longer.
--1 pound to 2 pound packages: USPS priority mail, described as 2 to 3 day shipping by USPS
--Heavier items: USPS parcel post, 2 to 9 days delivery.
Transit times are only estimates and averages, sometimes it takes longer for some unfathomable reasons that even USPS can't explain. The closer you are to California where it ships from and the more populated your region, the faster the package will likely arrive. For more expensive packages, I may add shipping insurance.
Sorry, I am not able to ship overnight express, overnight packages require a very early special trip to the post office to catch a delivery deadline in the middle of the day and I am not able to do that .
In all cases, I am reliant on the post office to do its job and so am not able to guarantee transit times. I do my best to ship quickly but sometimes there will be mix ups at the post office. Sometimes a package disappears for a while in the postal system or off of tracking, sometimes even for 3 weeks, But usually it shows back up again and gets delivered eventually. If your package does not seem to come in a timely fashion, please let me know. There is not much I can do about the item once I have already sent it but I will do my best to work with you on it. This happens maybe 1% of the time but is beyond my control and I cannot fully guarantee any shipping times because of it. Even USPS overnight is only 'guaranteed' by the post office in that they will refund shipping if it doesn't make it on time, and sometimes it doesn't.
At all times, the buyer is responsible for inputting their correct shipping address. Please verify that you have the correct shipping address in the shipping information before buying. I will not take responsibility for incorrect shipping addresses. Certainly I will do my best to catch any problems but cannot guarantee that I will always be able to do so. In addition, once a package is listed as 'delivered' by the shipping company, I can no longer accept responsibility for it. Buyer is responsible for any and all security or delivery issues once a package has been listed as delivered by the shipping company.
Be advised that customs offices and mail systems often get jammed and back logged before Christmas and items sometimes can take over 4 weeks to arrive, depending on which route it needs to go through. Canada is especially famous for this problem and many international packages cannot be tracked. Sorry, you may have to wait a long time sometimes! Each country and route is different in that regard so I can't make any shipping time guarantees. Also be advised that wildlife products cannot be legally shipped out of the country. Out of country orders are typically sent USPS 1st class mail if 4 pounds or under and USPS international priority mail if over 4 pounds. I reserve the right to decline and refund certain sales to some countries if I feel there maybe too many problems shipping to that country.
Buyers outside of the USA are responsible for any and all customs fees, duties, taxes, VAT, laws, etc on their end. I use USPS for most out of country shipping because they have agreements with many countries that lessen customs fees, but fees will vary greatly by country and by level and extent of enforcement. I apologize but I am also not willing to write 'gift' on out of country orders (unless it truly has been provided free of charge). I will report item values truthfully. If you are in a country not listed in the shipping options, contact me and I will try to find out the shipping details for your location and let you know but remember that I am not able to ship wildlife product out of country.
Thank you so much for your time! :-)
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