Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran)


The Great Hammerhead Shark eats rays, squid, octopus, crustaceans, crabs, lobsters and other sharks (if necessary). It is a carnivore and also a cannibal.The Hammerhead is a higher ranked shark on the food chain.


Hammerheads can grow up to 20 feet and weigh up to 1000 pounds. They are known for their mallet shaped head which allows for superior visual range. Because it has a larger sensory organ in its head, the hammerhead can detect electromagnetic currents better than other sharks giving it an advantage in hunting prey.

Last seen in tropical waters in the Atlantic and Pacific

Phun Phacts

  • There are 9 species of hammerheads
  • The great hammerheads live to about 25-35 years
  • They have a 360 degree view but have a huge blind spot in front of their nose
  • They're one of the few shark species that have the ability to tan