Story: Sharks and rays

Mako teeth

Mako teeth

So valued were the teeth of great white sharks, Māori used to trade them throughout the country. In daring feats, men would lasso the sharks around the tail to bring them to shore, ensuring the teeth were not damaged. The teeth would later be strung together in a necklace.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Māori and sharks', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 May 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006