Portrait of a great hammerhead shark

Hammerhead sharks

Hammerhead sharks are recognisable for their bizarre head shape which is thought to make the shark more sensitive to electrical signals used to detect hidden prey. There are ten species of hammerhead. The family also includes the bonnethead sharks and the winghead shark.

Scientific name: Sphyrna

Rank: Genus

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The Hammerhead sharks can be found in a number of locations including: Great Barrier Reef. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Hammerhead sharks distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

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