Hammerhead Shark: Sphyrna mokarran
The Hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran, is unique in having a greatly depressed and laterally expanded head. The position of the eyes, on the lateral expansion, gives the shark vision in all directions as well as better depth perception. The juvenile and young in habit coastal waters, while adults of the larger species are primarily oeanic. They are voracious predators, and the biggest species are dangerous to humans. There are four species of Hammerhead sharks in
North America, including the scalloped hammerhead, the bonnethead shark, the smooth hammerhead, and the Great Hammerhead shark. Its eating habits have added to its ferouciaous reputation. Off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, Russell J. Coles once caught a 14 foot female that had just eaten four of her own species, two of which had been swallowed whole, except the heads.
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Hammerhead Shark Statistics:
Weight: Up to 1200 Lbs.
Length: 15 to 20 Ft.
Sexual Maturity: 5 years
Mating: Late Spring or Early Winter.
Lifespan: 30-50 years
Number of young: Unknown
Gestation Period: Unknown
Typical Diet: Various types of fish, including Stingrays.
Distribution: Worldwide in tropical and warm waters, inshore, and often shallow water.
Danger to Humans:
Although not positively identified as an attacker, the Great Hammerhead
should be considered extremely dangerous.