Hammerhead sharks are instantly recognizable with their mallet-shaped heads. The species can be found in temperate and tropical oceans all around the world. Check out these five facts to learn more about these special sharks:
- The shark’s wide-set eyes allow for a wider visual range so the sharks can see almost 360 degrees around them, except for the blind spot directly in front of them.
- The shark’s unique head shape spreads out its sensory organs, improving its ability to scan the waters for its next meal and is used to pin prey, like stingrays, on the ocean floor.
- The Great Hammerhead is the largest of the eight species, growing up to 20 feet in length, although the smaller species are much more common.
- The sharks often travel in schools of 100+ sharks during the day, which is thought to be a means of protection. In the summertime, large schools of hammerheads can be seen migrating to cooler waters.
- Like many other shark species, hammerheads are under threat. Some species are fished recreationally and commercially, and they are often the victims of bycatch. The endangered Great Hammerhead is targeted solely for its fins for use in shark fin soup, a delicacy in China. Your purchase of the Cape Clasp hammerhead bracelet and necklace supports these awesome creatures, donating a portion of proceeds to non-profit organizations dedicated to proper education and research of our oceans.
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