The Wild Side – Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark Information & Facts

This might go without saying, but here at Stuffed Safari we love animals.  Not just the stuffed ones either.  Everyone who works here has at least one pet and most of us have more than one.  When we’re not busy selling stuffed animals, we love to learn about the real-life counterparts to the plush toys we sell.  Today we explore the hammerhead shark.  This post is packed with hammerhead shark information and facts.  You can find these fascinating creatures worldwide in warmer waters along the coastlines and continental shelves.  That’s right!  These carnivorous fish are prowling the waters in every corner of our planet.  These marine predators have been around since the middle Miocene epoch.  Shark ancestors are older than dinosaurs and have hunted earth’s oceans for roughly 400 million years!

Physical Appearance

The most distinctive feature specific to the hammerhead shark is the peculiar shape of its head.  Flattened laterally extended into a hammer shape called a cephalofoil.  Scientists speculate a variety of functions for this distinct shape included prey manipulation, sensory reception, and maneuvering.  A theory has been advanced proposing the hammer-like shape of their heads may have evolved in part to enhance the animal’s vision.  Mounted on the sides of the shark’s distinctive hammer head, the positioning of the eyes gives the shark 360-degree vision in the vertical plane.  This adaptation allows them to see both above and below them at all times.

Usually light gray with a greenish tent, like their great white cousins, they have white underbellies allowing them to blend into the ocean when viewed from the bottom.  This makes it easier for them to sneak up on their prey.

Size

Here’s some hammerhead shark information you might enjoy.  Hammerheads range from 3 to 19 feet long and weigh between 6 and 1200 pounds.  That’s longer than most cars and over half of a ton. You can find hammerhead sharks in a huge spectrum of sizes!

Behavior

A unique attribute of the hammerhead shark: during the day, hammerheads swim together in schools, but at night they turn into solitary hunters.  Large schools of hammerheads can be found close to Malpelo Island in Colombia, Molokai in Hawaii, in shallow waters off the coast of southern and eastern Africa, and Cocos Island off Costa Rica.  In the summer hammerhead sharks participate in a mass migration in search of cooler waters.

hammerhead shark information

Hammerhead sharks have been known to attack humans but the occurrences are few and far between.  For the most part they leave us alone.  Humans, however, hunt these creatures for their fins as they are considered a delicacy in certain countries in Asia.  Not cool!

Reproduction

Here’s another interesting tidbit of hammerhead shark information for you: they mate only once a year.  Female hammerheads yield litters between 12 and 15 young and no parental care is given to newborns.  They huddle together, swimming toward warm water until they are old enough to hunt and survive on their own.

Diet

Hammerhead sharks are carnivorous feed on a large variety of prey.  Anything from crustaceans, squid, octopus, fish, and even other sharks.  Since stingrays also hang around near the ocean floor, hammerheads particularly enjoy hunting them.  Using its head to pin down the stingray, it feeds when its prey is weak and in shock.

At Stuffed Safari, we are proud to carry a wide variety of Stuffed Hammerhead Sharks and Plush Hammerhead Sharks.  From seven-inch stuffed sharks, to jumbo plush hammerheads sharks measuring forty-eight inches in length, I think our variety and selection speaks volumes of our love for these amazing animals.  Take a look at what we have to offer and bring home a hammerhead shark plush companion of your very own today.

I hope you enjoyed this step into The Wild Side with hammerhead shark information.  You can read about the other shark species featured in our 2017 Shark Safari here.  Subscribe to our blog to explore more animals in the future.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions in the comment section below.  And, as always, thank you for reading.

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