Great Hammerhead Shark

Common Name: Great Hammerhead Shark
Scientific Name: Sphyrna mokarran


Great hammerhead sharks are one of the most recognisable of all the shark groups due to the unmistakable and unique shape of their heads. It is unclear exactly why these sharks have developed this unusual feature. They are a highly successful and widespread group of marine predators. Their fearsome appearance and large size have earned them a rather menacing reputation. However, they are generally regarded as non-aggressive towards humans. Only a small number of large hammerheads have been recorded attacking people.


The great hammerhead can reach a length of up to 18', with a weight of 1500 pounds. They are considered to be one of the few sharks that can be dangerous to humans.