- "I caught a hammerhead shark! I really nailed it!"
Museum[edit | edit source]
An information board in the aquarium will provide information about this fish.
"The hammerhead shark is a shark with a head like a hammer, which is what you'd expect. However, despite being sharks, they are actually fairly laid back, which is not what you'd expect. With their eyes positioned on the two ends of their "hammer," they can see in almost all directions. Oddly, their nose holes are located right next to their eyes on their hammer section. They have a number of small holes on the front and lower portions of their heads as well. These holes allow them to detect prey, even fish hiding below them and out of sight. While they eat a nice array of fish, it seems that rays are their favorite source of food. Rays, beware!"
In real life[edit | edit source]
The Smooth Hammerhead, so named because of the distinctive shape of the head, which is flattened and laterally extended into a hammer shape (called the “cephalofoil"), without an indentation in the middle of the front margin (hence “smooth"). This species prefers temperate waters and occurs worldwide at medium latitudes. In the summer, these sharks migrate towards the poles following cool water masses, sometimes forming schools numbering in the hundreds to thousands.
Smooth Hammerheads can measure up to 5 m (16 ft) long. It is an active predator that takes a wide variety of bony fishes and invertebrates, with larger individuals also feeding on sharks and rays. This shark is viviparous and gives birth to litters of 20–40 pups.