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Shark of the Month

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March 2021

Scalloped Hammerhead

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Scalloped Hammerhead

Sphyrna lewini

Facts:

  • Live in large schools of up to hundreds of sharks

  • They get caught in nets easily because of their head shape

  • Their litter sizes are large, ranging from 12 to 40 pups

  • Get their name from the scalloped edge on the front of their hammer shaped head

  • They have a sensory organ called ampullae of Lorenzini which are electroreceptors that help them hunt for prey 

Location: Coastal warm, temperate, and tropical seas around the world

Length: 4.3 meters (154 feet)

Age span: 15 to 30 years

Weight: Up to 335 pounds (~152 kg)

Conservation Status: Critically endangered 

Diet: Stingray, mackerel, herring, sardines, fish, cephalopods, other sharks (smaller)

Previous/Other Sharks of the Month

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April 2021

Brown-banded Bamboo Shark

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May 2021

Australian Ghost

Shark

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June 2021

Angular Roughshark

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