Scalloped Hammerhead Shark
Named after their iconic hammer-shaped upper body, hammerhead sharks are one of the most famous shark species in the world. Hammerheads can grow to reach the impressive length of four metres. The eyes are found on either side of the shark’s head, giving it an impressive view of its surroundings, which is useful for spotting prey. Schools of Scalloped Hammerheads can be seen in some remote locations. Schools can reach impressive numbers; they can be in the hundreds! They are also seen individually and in smaller groups.
Generally Scalloped Hammerheads are a very shy shark, this means that encounters are usually brief; but none the less magical! Many divers’ fondest memories are that of schools of Hammerheads as they cruise gently by. Its important when encountering this species to remain as quiet and slow moving as possible, erratic movements and breathing can be enough to scare these timid sharks away.
The Scalloped Hammerhead is a globally endangered shark species that has been seriously overfished, primarily for its fins. Because Scalloped hammerheads form large schools around seamounts and oceanic islands it makes them particularly vulnerable to targeted fisheries.
Why not take a look at our ‘Dive & Stay’ and ‘Liveaboard’ adventures where you can encounter this animal by clicking on the tabs on the left.