Average lifespan in the wild: 20 to 30 years
Size: 13 to 20 ft (4 to 6 m)
Weight: 500 to 1,000 lbs (230 to 450 kg)
Group name: School or shoal
Did you know? Hammerheads use their wide heads to attack stingrays, pinning the winged fish against the sea floor.
Three species of hammerhead shark are found in north-western Australia but only one, the great hammerhead, is considered dangerous. The scalloped hammerhead and smooth hammerhead are quite timid and the similar-looking winghead shark is considered harmless.
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What does a Hammerhead Shark look like
Hammerhead sharks are gray-brown to olive-green on top with off-white undersides, and they have heavily serrated, triangular teeth. Their extra-tall, pointed dorsal fins are easily identifiable. The unusual shape of the head means that hammerheads can scan a wide area with their eyes, which are positioned at the end of each wing. The great hammerhead grows to about six metres long, while the scalloped and smooth hammerheads reach little more than four metres.
Where do Hammerhead Sharks live?
Hammerhead sharks are found in tropical and temperate seas throughout the world, in both coastal and offshore waters. The smooth hammerhead is found around the entire coast of WA, but the great hammerhead and smooth hammerhead are rarely seen south of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.
What does a Hammerhead Shark eat?
Hammerheads are aggressive hunters, feeding on smaller fish, octopuses, squid, and crustaceans. They do not actively seek out human prey, but are very defensive and will attack when provoked. Hammerhead sharks are consummate predators that use their oddly shaped heads to improve their ability to find prey. Their wide-set eyes give them a better visual range than most other sharks. And by spreading their highly specialized sensory organs over their wide, mallet-shaped head, they can more thoroughly scan the ocean for food.
How big are Hammerhead sharks?
The great hammerhead is the largest of the nine identified species of this shark. It can grow up to 20 feet (6 meters) in length and weigh up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg), although smaller sizes are more common.
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