Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran)

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Photograph by James D. Watt

(PHYLUM: Chordata, CLASS: Chondrichthyes, ORDER: Carcharhiniformes , FAMILY: Sphyrnidae)

 

The hammerheads are unmistakable sharks; when viewed from above or below their uniquely expanded and flattened heads have the shape of a hammer or mallett. There are nine species of hammerhead shark.

The Great Hammerhead shark, illustrated here, favours tropical, warmer waters and is found in the contental shelf habitats of all oceans. This species has an average size of 3.5 metres in length, although can reach up to 6 metres, and is regarded as an apex predator, feeding upon other fish, sharks, rays, molluscs and crustaceans.

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