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.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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