While not as iconic as the great white shark, the hammerhead is one of the most unique and specialized predators roaming Earth’s oceans. Similar to other types of shark, hammerhead attacks on humans are exceptionally rare. As of 2013, only 33 total attacks have been recorded, none of which resulted in fatalities. Likewise, only three of the nine species of hammerhead shark have been documented attacking humans, including the scalloped, smooth, and great hammerhead.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 15.5 L x 7.5 W x 5.5 H
- Size in inches: 6.1 L x 2.95 W x 2.17 H
- UPC: 095866274801
The squat-headed hammerhead shark and the scalloped hammerhead shark are listed as endangered, while the smooth hammerhead shark and smalleye hammerhead shark are listed as vulnerable. The scalloped bonnethead is listed as near threatened. The main threats to hammerhead sharks are the shark fin trade and incidental capture by fisheries. Conservation efforts include shark fin trade regulations and modifications to the equipment used by fisheries to prevent incidental capture.