HOW AMAZING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE
WHAT DO WE KNOW?
This group of sharks that form the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a “hammer” shape called a cephalofoil
Are hammerhead sharks dangerous?
Most species are fairly small and are considered harmless to humans. However, the great hammerhead’s enormous size and fierceness make it potentially dangerous, they have recorded through few attacks.
Where can be found?
They are most commonly found in schools around the islands of Darwin and Wolf in the Galapagos. You may also see them off the coast of Costa Rica at Cocos Island. Mozambique, Maldives, Tahiti, the Bahamas, Japan, and Malaysia are also popular places to see this magnificent creature.
Do they lay eggs?
Unlike many fish, do not lay eggs. A female gives birth to live young. One litter can range from six to about 50 pups. When a pup is born, its head is more rounded than its parents’.
How many species are there?
Hammerhead shark, (family Sphyrnidae), any of 10 shark species belonging to the genera Sphyrna (9 species) and Eusphyrna (1 species).
Which are characterized by a flattened hammer- or shovel-shaped head, are perhaps the most distinctive and unique of all sharks? And that number stands on today 2020.
Do Hammerheads eat humans?
They are aggressive hunters, feeding on smaller fish, octopuses, squid, and crustaceans. They do not actively seek human prey, but are very defensive and will attack when provoked.
How many hammerhead species are dangerous to humans?
Of the nine known species, only three can be dangerous to humans: the scalloped, great, and smooth hammerheads.
The great hammerhead is among the fiercest fish in the ocean. Even though they can be very dangerous animals, there have been less than 50 known attacks on humans.
Where are they found?
They are most commonly found in schools around the islands of Darwin and Wolf in the Galapagos.
You may also see them off the coast of Costa Rica at Cocos Island
Mozambique, Maldives, Tahiti, the Bahamas, Japan, and Malaysia are also popular places to see them.
What is the smallest hammerhead shark?
Characterized by a broad, smooth, spade-like head, it has the smallest cephalofoil of all Sphyrna species.
The body is grey-brown above and lighter on the underside. Typically, bonnethead sharks are about 2–3 ft (0.61–0.91 mm) long, with a maximum size of about 5 ft (150 cm).
Can they kill humans?
According to the International Shark Attack File, humans have been subjects of 17 documented, unprovoked attacks by them, within the genus Sphyrna since 1580 AD. No human fatalities have been recorded.
What is the biggest?
The Great Hammerhead is the biggest of these species — with its flattened mallet-shaped head — found locally.
They routinely grow to mammoth proportions, reaching 20 feet, and can easily weigh over 1,000 pounds.
The point is, they are not dangerous to humans. I have reported 17 attacks, none of them fatal. So what is that telling us?
More information coming about this amazing animal and by the way. We can even swim with them like happens in The Bahamas.