hammerheadsharkRange of Weight: 7lb to 130lb Range of Length: 3 ft to 20 ft Locations: Warm, coastal waters

Behavior

Hammerhead sharks can be found feeding in groups of 100 of the same species and can be a social creature. The hammerhead is fast relative to other sharks. The term 'hammerhead' refers to a group including 9 different shark species and the behavior varies between each of the species. For example, the great hammerhead is the only hammerhead that eats other hammerheads and even its own young.

Physical Characteristics

The term 'hammerhead' refers to a group including 9 different shark species and the physical characteristics vary for each species. Generally, the hammerhead is more streamlined than other sharks allowing for tight maneuverability. The distinctive head shape allows the hammerhead to see 360 degrees around it.

What Does A Hammerhead Shark Eat?

Hammerheads eat a variety of fish but they seem to particularly like stingrays and it is possible that their hammer-shaped head is actually an adaptation to pin down stingrays. Hammerheads have been observed diving down on stingrays, pinning them and pivoting to take bites from the pectoral fins.

Claim to Fame

Hammerheads have uniquely shaped heads. Scientist suggest this adaptation may have occurred for several reason such as heightening the sharks ability to detect electrical impulses and for maneuvering. Recently scientists have suggested that their head may be specially adapted for pinning rays down.to the sea floor.

Shark Attacks

Three species of hammerheads are potentially dangerous to humans including: the great hammerhead, the scalloped and the scoop. The great hammerhead is particularly seen as a threat because of its curiosity and willingness to inspect a human being. Hammerhead sharks are typically not dangerous and no fatal incidents have been recorded.

Different Species of Hammerheads

Winghead shark - has the widest and largest "hammer" Scalloped bonnethead - is the smallest and rarest species of hammerhead. Great hammerhead - This is the largest and possibly the most dangerous hammerhead shark. Scalloped hammerhead - often seen feeding in groups up to 100, this hammerhead is now considered an endangered species. Bonnethead - this extraordinary shark has recently been observed reproducing asexually and birthing an exact genetic replica of itself.  Smalleye hammerhead - the small-eye hammerhead is distinguishable by the yellow-orange pigments on its head. Smooth hammerhead 2nd largest hammerhead which can form into school of hundreds or even thousands. Scoop hammerhead - a small, shallow water dwelling hammerhead.