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Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead Sharks are fierce predators that love tropical, warm waters and can be found all over the world. They can mostly be found along coastlines, but on occasion they can be found cruising near the surface deep in the deep ocean waters.

Take one look at this amazing fish and you will know how it got its name. The uncommon shape of this predator’s head actually serves one of many greater purposes. Because of this hammer-like shape, their eyes are located on either side of their head. This gives them better visibility than most other sharks. This also allows them a vertical 360 degree view, which means the Hammer head shark is able to see both above and below quite easily. Unfortunately, this eye placement causes a huge blind spot directly in front of their nose!

There are 9 different species of Hammerheads:

  • Winghead Shark
  • Scalloped Bonnethead
  • Whitefin Hammerhead
  • Scalloped Hammerhead
  • Scoophead
  • Great Hammerhead
  • Bonnethead
  • Smalleye Hammerhead
  • Smooth Hammerhead

The largest is the Great Hammerhead which can reach up to 20 feet and 600 pounds when fully grown. Most other species grow to about 13 feet.

Hammerheads have a lifespan of between 25 and 35 years. The oldest Hammerhead on record, however, was estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old!

Take one look at this amazing fish and you will know how it got its name. The uncommon shape of this predator’s head actually serves one of many greater purposes. Because of this hammer-like shape, their eyes are located on either side of their head. This gives them better visibility than most other sharks. This also allows them a vertical 360 degree view, which means the Hammer head shark is able to see both above and below quite easily. Unfortunately, this eye placement causes a huge blind spot directly in front of their nose! 

This may sound crazy, but the Hammerhead has the ability to sport a nice Florida suntan! Since they are often cruising in shallow water and near the surface, this enables them to catch some rays. The Hammerhead is one of very few animals who tan from the sun.

This post was provided by Free Spool Sport Fishing. For more information on sport fishing Miami, or to make a reservation, give us a call at 305-582-5445.

 

 

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