Fish Species

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Appearance:

■Fifth gill slit shorter than 4 preceding ones and located posterior to pectoral fin base
■Flattened head extending to hammer-like lobes on each side
■Distinct indentation of the front margin of the head at its midpoint
■Second dorsal fin longer than tail
■Gray-brown to olive in color with white underbelly
■Teeth smooth-edged
■Pectoral fins tipped with black on the undersurface
■Tips of first and second dorsal lobes and caudal also may have dusky tips
■Pelvic fin with nearly straight hind margin

Habitat:
The scalloped hammerheard shark is found both offshore and inshore.

Behavior:
Scalloped hammerhead sharks are predatory fish and they feeding mainly on fish, squid, and stingrays. Males mature at about 6 feet in length.

State Record:
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

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