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Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead shark

The wide head of the common hammerhead shark is its most distinctive feature. It allows a wider spacing of the sensory organs, which are for sight, smell, and detecting movement and changes in the electrical field. As a result, hammerhead sharks are highly effective predators. They often find food on the seabed, scanning it for rays and other half-buried prey. They are about 4 metres long.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Other types of shark', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006