Unlike many other shark species, hammerhead sharks tend to be bottom feeders due to their unusually small mouths. Likewise, the ocean floor allows hammerhead sharks to use their uniquely shaped head to pin prey down.
Did you know that because shark bones rarely fossilize, we instead use their teeth to get a better understanding of their history? According to DNA studies, the ancestor of the hammerhead lived during the Miocene epoch. Scientists believe that the original hammerhead shark that lived 20 million years ago had a much larger head, and closely resembled the current winghead shark species.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 20.6 L x 7.6 W x 5.7 H
- Size in inches: 8.11 L x 2.99 W x 2.24 H