GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK
Photo Credit: (c) Doug Perrine
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
Feeds on a stingrays, grouper, sea catfish, a variety of bony fishes, sharks, crabs, and
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.
Maximum size about 18 feet. Matures at approximately 7-8 feet and is a long-lived shark
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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