5 Interesting Facts About Scalloped Hammerheads

Scalloped Hammerhead

This is a scalloped hammerhead looking for fish to eat

Today I want to write about an amazing shark with a very strange head, the scalloped hammerhead.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These large sharks grow over 3 metres long, making them one of the largest species of hammerheads in the world.  Females grow larger than males.
  2. Scalloped hammerhead use the sensors in their hammers (which are called cephalofoils) to detect their prey, which includes fish, squid, crustaceans and stingrays.
  3. During the day, females often gather in large groups of hundreds of sharks which would be an amazing sight.
  4. At breeding time, females give birth to between 12-41 pups that are up to 57 cm long.  Most of the pups are eaten by other sharks before they are big enough to look after themselves.
  5. Scalloped hammerheads are found in warm tropical water close to the coast in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans.  Over the past few years, their numbers have dropped a lot due to over-fishing, especially for their fins to make shark fin soup.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about scalloped hammerheads?

Similar species:

Great Hammerhead

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