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Bonnethead Shark Pictures
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Leading edge of hammer
well rounded (spade-like). Grey or grey brown dorsum often with small dark
length 150cm. 35 - 40cm at birth.
In shore mud/sand flats. Also, coral reefs, estuaries, and channels. Intertidal to
and distribution: Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the Americas
England to southern Brazil, and California to Ecuador.
A social shark usually in groups of three to fifteen animals. Migratory. Feeds
on crustaceans, bi-valves, cephalopods, and small fishes.
The hammerheads as a group are considered the most highly evolved of the shark families. 4 -
16 pups in a litter.
Similar species: Scoophead
Smalleye Hammerhead Shark, and Mallethead Shark each share part of the Bonnethead
shark's range but all can be distinguished by their slightly broader, more
hammerhead like heads.
Reaction to divers:
I have not dove with this species but judging by the lack of good photographs in
the wild I would imagine that the Bonnethead is a difficult shark to approach.
Information on dives where Bonnetheads are often seen would be appreciated.
Other diving locations submitted by
Reef Sharks and Rays of the World. Scott W. Michael. Sea Challengers.
Sharks and Rays - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann. IKAN.