The great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) is the largest species of hammerhead shark, belonging to the family Sphyrnidae, attaining a maximum length of 6.1 m (20 ft). It is found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide, inhabiting coastal areas and the continental shelf. The great hammerhead can be ...
The great hammerhead is one of the weirdest-looking sharks in the ocean.
English language common names include great hammerhead, great hammerhead shark, and squat-headed hammerhead shark. Other common names are abu garn (Arabic), akran (Arabic), cação-martelo (Portuguese), cachona (Spanish), cachona grande (Spanish), cambeva (Portuguese), cawar ( Somali), cornuda de ley ...
Learn how this shark uses its unusual noggin, and it sensory organs, to drop the hammer on stingrays and other unfortunate prey.
Range Description: The great hammerhead ranges widely throughout the tropical waters of the world, from latitudes 40°N to 35°S (Last and Stevens 1994). It is apparently nomadic and migratory, with some populations moving polewards in the summer, as off Florida and in the South China Sea (Compagno in prep. b).
The massive and well-known great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) has the most distinctive hammer of its genus. It is particularly wide and virtually straight along the front edge, with just a small notch in the centre. The eyes are at either end of the hammer and the mouth is positioned on the underside in line with the trail ...
The great hammerhead shark is a large powerful predator found both inshore and in deep waters. The great hammerhead is listed as vulnerable to endangered and hunted for its fin.
Find out what's known about Great Hammerhead Sharks, Sphyrna mokarran, Elasmobranchii, Carcharhiniformes, Sphyrnidae, including their world range and habitats, feeding behaviors, life history, ecology, reproduction, and conservation status.