Pirarucu Arapaima Fish Scales, Natural Fish Scales, 2 pcs from Pirarucu Fish from the Amazon, Nail Filing, Natural Beads, Scales, Juju

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Pirarucu Arapaima Fish Scales, Natural Fish Scales, 2 pcs from Pirarucu Fish from the Amazon, Nail Filing, Natural Beads, Scales, Juju

Pirarucu Arapaima Fish Scales are one of the coolest products we've put our hands on. It is very popular in the Amazon, where this amazing fish calls home. Natives have used the Pirarucu Fish for hundreds and hundreds of years and it's a staple in the food chain, arts and crafts throughout the Amazon basins.

These are 100% natural Pirarucu Arapaima fish scales, previously washed and dried and don't have a fishy smell. Of course, I have been around them for just about all my life, so it is possible that some people find a slight fishy smell on them ;). Once the Pirarucu Arapaima fish scales are washed and dried, they'll curve slightly as shown in the pictures. You can also use Pirarucu fish scales to polish your fingernails, that's how the ladies in the jungle have done for centuries.

Size: they will vary in size, shape and overall form. Ranging from 65-95 mm tall x 35-50mm wide

* Pirarucu Arapaima Fish Scales*: Arapaima scales have a highly mineralized, very hard outer layer with a corrugated surface under which lie several layers of collagen fibers. In a structure similar to 'plywood', the fibers in each successive layer are oriented at right angles to that in the previous layer for maximum toughness. The hard corrugated surface of the outer layer, the soft but tough internal orthogonal collagen layers, and the hydration of the scales all contribute to their ability to flex and deform while remaining strong—a solution that allows the fish to remain mobile while heavily armored.

*Drilling Pirarucu Arapaima fish scales*: the correct way to drill these fish scales is using a dremmel or a needle. DON’T use a hole punch as it will crack the scale. You can also cut them with a pair of scissors.

Pirarucu or Paiche are the popular names for "Arapaima gigas", they are the largest freshwater fish of South America, and among the largest freshwater fish in the world. Arapaima can reach lengths of more than 2 m (6 ft 7 in), in some exceptional cases even more than 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) and over 100 kg (220 lb).

As one of the most sought-after food fish species in South America, it is often captured primarily by handheld nets for export, by spearfishing for local consumption, and consequently, large arapaima of more than 2 m (6 ft 7 in) are seldom found in the wild today. The fish is now farmed in a very sustainable way, in the wild by specific communities throughout the Amazon. *** Our scales come from these areas***

The Arapaima is torpedo-shaped with large blackish-green scales and red markings. It is streamlined and sleek, with its dorsal and anal fin set back near its tail. Its local name, Paiche, derives from the indigenous words for "red" and "fish".

Pirarucu / Arapaima is often shown on the TV as a monster river in the "River Monsters" show. We find them to be an easy going fish, but will definitely hurt you with its massive bone head when trying to catch them.

The arapaima has a fundamental dependence on surface air to breathe. In addition to gills, it has a modified and enlarged swim bladder, composed of lung-like tissue, which enables it to extract oxygen from the air. This is an adaptation to the often-hypoxic conditions of the Amazon floodplains, but requires the arapaima to surface for air every 5 to 15 min. This tendency to stay at the surface makes it more vulnerable to attacks from spear fishermen.

Picture credit: Men holding Arapaima, credit to Animal Planet, River Monster show, image by Jeremy Wade with a 150-pound arapaima. Image Credit: DCL

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Wholesale options are available as we try our best to source from the makers. Please message us with your inquires. Discount options are based on products purchased in BULK. Each product has a different breakdown as they all cost a different amount, so PLEASE email me a screen shot of your shopping cart or a list of the products you're looking for and we will work from there. :))

All orders are shipped in beautiful colored tissue, packaged carefully and ready to be gifted. If you DO NOT need the receipt in the order, please leave us a note during the check out or message us directly!

If you're buying from a different country, most likely that you will have to pay duty fees. Here's a link for a Duty Fee Calculator and you can take a look on the estimate fee that your package may incur. http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-import-duty-and-tax-calculation

I try very hard to reply to all questions quickly, but it is only 1 of me responding to all the messages. Sometimes I am not on my desk or away from my phone, so please be patient and allow me 24-48 hours to reply to your messages. Thanks for understanding!

* We do not accept packages returned without a Return Number. * We do not make exchanges.

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3 days ago by Anne Killeen
May 29, 2018 by BRIAN COMSTOCK
Item as described, good shipping
Apr 23, 2018 by robinstedman58
These last forever. Love it.
Apr 6, 2018 by WaitingSoLong
Really cool. Alot thinner than I was expecting from the pictures. They look solid on there but mine look translucent and so so fragile. One is much sturdier than the other so maybe I just got a bad one. They look awesome though.
Mar 5, 2018 by megen decker

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