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Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Sphyrna lewini

Appearance

scalloped hammerhead
  • Head is flattened and extends to hammer-like lobes on each side
  • Indentation on front of head at its midpoint
  • Teeth have smooth edges
  • Back is gray-brown to olive, fading to a white belly
  • Underside of pectoral fins tipped with black
  • Pelvic fin rear edge nearly straight

Similar Species: Smooth hammerhead, S. zygaena (no indentation on front of head at midpoint); great hammerhead, S. mokarran (sides of head not pointed) 

Size: Up to 12 feet 

Habitat

Coastal to offshore waters

Behavior

Predatory fish that feeds mainly on fish, squid, and stingrays. Males mature at about 6 feet in length.

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record. 

Prohibited from harvest in state waters.

Recreational Regulations