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    GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK
    Sphyrna mokarran




                                                                                                    Photo Credit: (c) Doug Perrine
    Habitat
    A common tropical and subtropical shark that inhabits the open ocean and the shallow
    coastal waters of both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida. Favors continental and
    insular coral reefs but is often associated with inlets and the mouths of bays. Nomadic
    and migratory, with some Florida populations moving north along the Atlantic coast in
    summer.

    Feeding
    Feeds on a stingrays, grouper, sea catfish, a variety of bony fishes, sharks, crabs, and
    squid.

    Reproduction
    Gives birth to live young. Litters contain 13-40 pups. Size at birth about 2 feet. Utilizes
    shallow bays and coastal waters as nursery areas.

    Size/Age
    Maximum size about 18 feet. Matures at approximately 7-8 feet and is a long-lived shark
    (20+ years).

    Human factors
    Taken in the commercial longline fishery mainly for their high quality fins. Considered to be
    dangerous, ranking seventh in unprovoked attacks on humans (often confused with more
    abundant Scalloped Hammerhead shark).













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