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Scalloped hammerhead

Scientific name: Sphyrna lewini

Size: Between 8.8 and 11.5 foot

Color: Gray-brown and white

Distinguishing feature: Large flat head which gives a hammer shape to the front of the body. Grey-brown body and white belly. Small Pectoral fins, edged by black. Large triangular dorsal fin.

Where did we see it: Egypt

Scalloped hammerhead of Egypt

Scalloped hammerhead

Scientific name: Sphyrna lewini

Size: Between 8.8 and 11.5 foot

Color: Gray-brown and white

Distinguishing feature: Large flat head which gives a hammer shape to the front of the body. Grey-brown body and white belly. Small Pectoral fins, edged by black. Large triangular dorsal fin.

Where did we see it: Egypt

In detail

This species hunts pelagic prey at night. She lives on a shoal during the day, then the hammerhead sharks separate at night to feed in the depths, and return to shoal for the day.

The shape of the head of hammerhead shark gives it some advantages: better stability and better rotation make it an effective hunter.

His ampullae of Lorenzini (sensors present on his head) allows him to see magnetic informations and detect prey very effectively.

It can be seen during the day by shoals from 30 to 300 sharks, depending on the parts of the globe.

Our pictures of scalloped hammerhead

The different species of Sharks we have seen

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