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Best Place to Get Stuffed Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2001 - Gray Taxidermy

Gray Taxidermy

Gray Taxidermy

712 NW 12th Ave.

Pompano Beach, FL 33069

954-785-6456

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If you've ever wondered what happens to the ones that didn't get away (and that weren't eaten), check out the big, blue glass building on I-95 with the dancing swordfish in front. It's Gray Taxidermy, probably the world's largest marine taxidermist. Like Apple computer, Gray's was started in a garage 35 years ago. Today founder William Gray has retired to Stuart and the business is run by his former apprentice and partner of 22 years, Ian Hall. Stuffing fish isn't what it used to be, Hall says. Only 10 to 15 percent of the 1200 specimens produced monthly are "skin mounts," the actual fish that someone caught, dried or froze, and delivered to Gray's. The rest are made from Fiberglas; some anglers catch a big one, snap a photo, and instruct Gray's to make a double. Others do the unthinkable; they simply call, request a 24-foot hammerhead shark or a four-foot barracuda, and then wait three months until it shows up on their doorstep. Hotels, restaurants, and movie companies (and maybe even a few, um, exaggerators) do it. The original jaws from Jaws hang on Gray's wall. Even so, the big charge for these guys, who spend most of their time molding, sanding, and painting, is when a parent brings in a kid clutching his first catch and proudly says, "Stuff it, please."

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Ron Allen
Ron Allen

Grays is not good taxidermy. Nor are they good business people.Check their rating at BBB or Google.2 stars.See what real taxidermists have to say about gray's taxidermy at taxidermy.net forum.Laughable at best. The McDonalds of taxidermy.

Bob
Bob

Dated the financial executive from this company for over a year and let me tell you she is one hell of a cold fish. Would love to see her stuffed and hung on a wall before she hurts another loving guy.

joe albee
joe albee

hey im trying to contact mr. Ian hall i was sent to mexico by Hunt Of A Lifetime to go deep sea fishing for marlin i cought one striped marlin and a mahi mahi i decided to get the mahi mahi mounted and omg gray taxidermy did an absolutly unbelievable job now i have a lifetime memory of my experince to look at the colors of the fish are so bright and beautiful thank you thank you sooooooooo much that trip was truly an adventure of a lifetime thank you for giving your services to hunt of a lifetime i seriuosly cried when i opened that fish mount you guys do the best work in the world i cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me

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