Hammerhead Shark – one of the weirdest sharks in the world
Hammerhead sharks are very aggressive hunters, they mainly hunt small fish, octopus, squid and some other crustaceans. Humans are not their favorite prey, but on the contrary, these “abnormal” animals will defend and attack strongly when excited.
The hammerhead shark is also one of the great predators when it comes to having an oddly shaped head, but is quite useful in foraging.
- Unique characteristics: The Hammer Shark’s eye position allows them to have a better vision than most other sharks. Along with the specialized sensory organs are widely distributed on the large head, they can scan deep into the ocean and find food more easily. Sharks possess a group of sensory organs known as the “Ampullae Lorenzini senses”, which allow them to detect electromagnetic impulses or activity of prey. The Ampullae’s sense of sharpness in the Hammerhead Sharks is quite high, making it easy for them to find their favorite meals like the Sturgeon, even though these stubborn prey lurks well under the sand.
- Population: The giant hammerhead shark is the largest of the nine hammerhead sharks identified so far. They can grow to more than 20 feet (6 meters) in length and weigh more than 1,000 pounds (450 kg), but smaller species appear more frequently in seas. Found mainly in temperate and tropical seas around the world, both in nearshore and offshore areas, hammerhead sharks are often seen during heavy summer migrations to find look for cooler waters. They are usually gray-brown or olive green on the upper body and a white lower abdomen with strong jaws with extremely sharp serrated teeth. In particular, the sharp fins on the back make it easy to recognize them compared to many other sharks.
- Human Interaction: Most hammer sharks are quite small and are considered harmless to humans. However, the giant and ferocious hammer sharks are also quite dangerous although there are very few recorded attacks.
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How to draw a hammerhead shark