Today I want to write about an amazing shark with a very strange head, the scalloped hammerhead.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- 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.
- Scalloped hammerhead use the sensors in their hammers (which are called cephalofoils) to detect their prey, which includes fish, squid, crustaceans and stingrays.
- During the day, females often gather in large groups of hundreds of sharks which would be an amazing sight.
- 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.
- 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?