Hi there! We will scare you today a little! ;)
What do you know about sharks? And about hammerhead sharks?!
When you think of a hammerhead shark, you’re probably thinking about just one shark?
⭕But the truth is that there are at least nine different species of hammerhead sharks. And the great hammerhead shark is the largest of the hammerhead sharks!
⭕The unique shape of the hammerhead shark’s head allows it to see better than other sharks. Hammerhead sharks have a 360-degree range of vision. This means that they can see all around them at all times, whether in front of them, behind them, above them or below them, which helps during hunting and also helps them get away from predators.
⭕Most sharks are solitary, which means they live and hunt alone. Some hammerhead sharks, however, like the scalloped hammerhead sharks, live and hunt in groups called schools, some of which can be found just beneath the water’s surface. A school of scalloped hammerhead sharks can consist of hundreds of individuals. Can you imagine it?!?
⭕Hammerhead sharks love to eat stingrays. Aside from stingrays, hammerhead sharks will also eat fish, squid, octopuses and crustaceans. Sometimes they also eat other sharks.
⭕ Hammerhead sharks rarely attack humans. Of the hammerhead sharks, only three species have been to attack humans — the great hammerhead shark, the smooth hammerhead shark and the scalloped hammerhead shark — and only 17 times in the past 450 years. Also, none of those attacks were serious enough to be fatal.
⭕ Four species of hammerhead sharks are currently threatened by extinction. Hammerhead sharks are in even more danger from humans than we are from them. Of the nine species, two are classified as Endangered, which means their population has already declined by so much in just a short period of time, and two are classified as Vulnerable, which means their population is declining.Why? These hammerhead sharks, which are the larger species, are regularly caught in trawls and fixed bottom nets. Their fins are used to make shark fin soup, an expensive delicacy in Asia. Their skin is used for leather and their liver oil for vitamins.
So, we hope you don't eat the sharks? That's diving with them - much better! ;)
p.s. hammerhead season at Marsa Alam - in july.
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