Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Sphyrna lewini

The Sphyrna part of the scalloped hammerhead’s scientific name translates from the Greek for hammer, and indeed the shark’s distinctively shaped head is its most obvious physical feature. They are distinguished from other

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

hammerheads by their hammer’s scalloped outer edge, and are typically grey-bronze in colour. Scalloped hammerheads are found in tropical regions all over the world, moving from coastal waters during the day to the deeper waters of the continental shelf at night. Young scalloped hammerheads characteristically gather in large schools, while adults generally travel alone or in pairs. They can reach up to four metres in length and feed on fish, invertebrates, rays and smaller sharks. On the IUCN Red List, they are classified as Endangered.

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