The Great Hammerhead Shark

Updated: May 1, 2021

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What is a Great Hammerhead Shark?

The Great Hammerhead's scientific name is Sphyrnidae! They live in groups called schools or shoals. They have very wide eyes that help them have better visuals on things. They look very scary and dangerous but they don’t bother humans. Their fossils date back to 23 to 5.3 million years ago.

What do Great Hammerhead Sharks eat?

Great Hammerhead Sharks are carnivores which means that they only eat meat. They eat a variety of food such as fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans. The smaller Hammerhead Sharks eat crab and shrimp. The larger Hammerhead Sharks eat squid, small sharks, and stingrays. The Great Hammerhead sharks are known to have stingrays in their diet (large ones in fact)! Great Hammerhead sharks use the side of their heads to pin down their preferred meals.

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How do Great Hammerhead Sharks behave?

As I have mentioned before, their wide eyes are a great advantage for them! They can see better than most sharks in the world! Other than their eyes to help them, they have these sensory organs that help them scan for food. One type of sensory organ is called the ampullae of Lorenzini, which allows them to detect the electrical fields created by prey. This allows them to find their favorite meals such as stingray (which usually hides under the sand). The Great Hammerheads flattened and very specifically shaped heads allow them to turn their head quickly and sharply. Their nostrils are also widened so that they can smell for prey.

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Where do Great Hammerhead Sharks live?

Great Hammerhead Sharks can found world wide in coastal, warm waters that are 68 degrees (20 degrees celsius). They can found in depths of 984 feet, but typically stay in the 262 feet range.

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What are the characteristics of a Great Hammerhead Shark?

Hammerhead Sharks grow up to 13-20 feet and weigh 500-1,000 pounds! The average lifespan in the wild is 20-30 years. They have shovel-shaped heads that help them do a variety of things and have light gray blubber.

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What do Great Hammerhead Sharks Offspring act and look like?

Hammerhead Sharks give birth to their young between the age of 2-30. Some Hammerhead Sharks give birth to several dozen babies!! Birth usually takes place during the spring or summer months. They give birth to live young every 2 years and have 6-42 pups each time!


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