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Scalloped Hammerhead Shark: Sphyrna lewini

Appearance:

  • Fifth gill slit shorter than 4 preceding ones and located posterior to pectoral fin base
  • Flattened head extending to hammer-like lobes on each side
  • Distinct indentation of the front margin of the head at its midpoint
  • Second dorsal fin longer than tail
  • Gray-brown to olive in color with white underbelly
  • Teeth smooth-edged
  • Pectoral fins tipped with black on the undersurface
  • Tips of first and second dorsal lobes and caudal also may have dusky tips
  • Pelvic fin with nearly straight hind margin

Habitat:

The scalloped hammerheard shark is found both offshore and inshore.

Behavior:

Scalloped hammerhead sharks are predatory fish and they feeding mainly on fish, squid, and stingrays.  Males mature at about 6 feet in length.

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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