Hammerhead Shark

By Emily Boswell


Hammerhead sharks live in the temperate and tropical waters all around the world. Most commonly, they are found in warm coastal water. They usually stay in deep water but occasionally they will come up to the shoreline.

Interesting Facts

Hammerhead's use their spread apart eyes to detect prey easier. They also use their wide heads to pin down stingrays to the ocean floor. These magnificent fish can grow up to 20 feet, and weigh 1,000 pounds. The average hammerhead lives to be 20-30 years old.

Endangered Status

Two types of hammerheads called the squat-headed shark and the scalloped-headed shark are currently endangered; though these are the only two species that are at risk of becoming extinct.


Hammerheads are carnivores. They love all different kinds of fish, but their favorite "snack" is the stingray.


Their dorsal fin and two fins on the sides help them swim efficiently. In summer they migrate to cooler water, but for the most part they stay in the warmer areas.

Classification Order

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Chondrichthyes

Order: Carcharhiniformes

Family: Sphyrnidae

Genus: Sphyrna


Hammerheads stay in herds by day, but at night they hunt by themselves. They do not stay with same mate their whole lives, but mate with the other sharks in the school.


They are related to all other non-boney fish; including stingrays and all other sharks.