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Shark Dissection Kit

Ages 11+
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This kit has everything you need to dissect a dogfish shark: specimen, guide, tools, and a tray. NOTE: Dogfish shark specimens are globally in short supply, and we are not sure when we'll have more consistently available. Read More

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Dissecting a shark is one of the best hands-on ways for elementary, middle, and high school students to learn about marine anatomy! Whether at home or in a science lab, this shark dissection lab kit has the preserved shark specimen and all the dissection tools you'll need to get started. 

Inside this affordable dogfish shark dissection kit, you'll find:

  • a preserved, double-injected 18"-22" double injected dogfish shark, 
  • a dissection guide, 
  • a #22 scalpel, 
  • dissecting scissors, 
  • a teasing needle, 
  • dissection pins, 
  • forceps,
  • and a dissecting tray

The vessels in this shark dissection specimen are double injected with red (arteries) and yellow (hepatic) latex, making it easier to find and identify the internal anatomy of the shark as you dissect it. The dogfish shark species is Squalus acanthus.

Learn about the anatomy of more aquatic species with our Clam Dissection Kit and our Crayfish Dissection Kit!

Please note: The tail of shark specimens is partially cut through and folded over to facilitate injection and shipping.

Note: Specimens are initially preserved with a formaldehyde solution, the best animal tissue fixative. The formaldehyde is then displaced first with water and finally with a glycol solution to produce a moist, low-fume specimen which will not decay over time.

HST Specimen Guarantee

In sealed, original packaging, our preserved specimens are guaranteed to remain fully preserved and free of decay for six months from the date of purchase.

Once the original package is opened, use specimen within one month. For best results, observe the following storage procedures:

  • Store specimen in heavy-duty, zip-lock bags to minimize drying between dissections.
  • Specimen will slowly dry out or become contaminated in zip-lock bags; add a teaspoon of Specimen Holding Fluid to retain moisture.
  • Freezing or refrigeration is not necessary and may damage fragile tissues.

WarningWARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Formaldehyde, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.




Shark Dissection Kit content:

  • Preserved single injected dogfish shark
  • Dissection guide
  • #22 scalpel
  • Forceps
  • Teasing needle
  • 6 dissection pins
  • Dissecting tray


Shipping Restriction: This item only ships to a street address in the 50 US states.
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