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Hammerhead Sharks

Hammerhead sharks can not be pinned down to one particular kind like many sharks. There are actually many different kinds of Hammerhead sharks some are smaller and eat fish and smaller sea life, but there are other larger hammer head that attack larger prey including other sharks here you will learn a bit about hammer heads in general and a bit about each variety.

Hammerhead sharks can not be pinned down to one particular kind like many sharks.  There are actually many different kinds of Hammerhead sharks some are smaller and eat fish and smaller sea life, but there are other larger hammer head that attack larger prey including other sharks.  The hammerhead shark varieties include the following:

Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks - Large social sharks that average around 10 feet.They like to get together with other Scalloped sharks every so often kind of like they meet up for a convention every so often. 

Smooth Hammerhead Sharks - Smooth Hammerheads are found in Canadian waters.  They get very large and are more dangerous than smaller varieties of hammerheads.  They can get up to 13 feet in length and average around 12.  They will attack other larger animals including other Smooth Hammerhead sharks

Winghead Sharks - Winghead sharks are smaller non threatening sharks that eat mostly smaller fish. They average between 5 and 6 feet.

Smalleye Hammerhead - The smalleye hammerheads get their names from their small eyes that sit at the ends of their mallet shaped heads. They only get as large as 3 feet long.  They are widely fished. 

Small Eye  Hammerhead shark

Scoop Head Shark - Not much is known about this variety.  They only get to be around 3 feet long. 

Great Hammer Head Sharks - These large sharks average around 11 to 12 feet in length but can reach up ot 20 feet in length.  The great hammer head shark will eat things like fish and crustations but it has no problem taking on stingrays, octopus, squid, and even other sharks. This is a more dangerous more aggressive variety of Hammer Head Shark.

Bonnethead sharks - Their heads are the shape of a shovel. They only get to be around 3 to 4 feet long. They enjoy eating crabs and other shell type fish. 

Whitefin Hammerheads - I was not able to gather a lot of information on this variety of Hammerhead, although it is a smaller shark that can be confused with a smalleye hammerhead, but their coloring is somewhat diffeent.

Hammerheads have wide flattend heads that is said to resemble a wing.  Their head also works like a water wing and helps to lift the hammerhead as it moves forward this makes them very efficient swimmers who can twist and turn quite effectively.  This makes them good at being able to chase and attack their prey.  Although a hammerheads eyes seem to be on the sides of their long flat heads they actually have very good eye site.  They also have an excellent senses of smell and hearing. 

All sharks have a good sense of electrical currents that is produced by other sea creatures because of extra sensory organs in a hammer heads long head they are even more intuned and sensitive to these electrical currents, even the most subtle of them. 

For some reason hammer head sharks are not affected by many varieties of poisonous fish or stingrays.  Most ocean animals would be killed by the poison of the tale of the stingray, or fish with poison such as puffer fish.  For some unknown reason however hammerheads are able to eat these fish and be just fine. 

The social habits of hammer head sharks differ between the different types, some live alone while others enjoy getting together with each other from time to time.  They each have slightly different physcial characteristics from one another that make them just a bit different and of course the different varieties live in different areas of the world. 

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