Sphyrna mokarran, The Great Hammerhead

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“Sphyrna mokarran,” The Great Hammerhead Sharks are arguably the most misinterpreted species on the planet. Little do most people know, sharks are actually quite docile creatures. They are also a very interesting species, with over 500 different types of them. The species in particular being covered here is known as the Sphyrna mokarran, or the great hammerhead shark. It is, among hammerheads, the largest type. The great hammerhead shark is arguably one of the most fascinating species for various reasons. The great hammerhead is a shark, so it lives throughout the world’s oceans. They are found close inshore, as well as offshore in depths of between one and three hundred meters. More commonly, however, they are found close to shore. They are also known to swim near the mouths of rivers and bays. In summer months, the great hammerhead is known to migrate to more northern ocean areas. Besides from being in deep oceans, the great hammerhead all in all has a wide habitat range. Perhaps one of the most interesting features of the great hammerhead shark would in fact, be its rectangular hammer-shaped head. What this is used for is actually quite interesting. It gives the hammerhead an additional sense, allowing it to detect electrical signals of half a billionth of a volt. This is an incredibly useful advantage when the great hammerhead is seeking prey. They can find prey much more easily because of this, and because of their increased buoyancy. The great hammerhead’s large rectangular hammer-shaped head allows for the shark to sweep for prey more effectively than other species. Although sharks are for the most part harmless, the great hammerhead is one of the few aggressive types. Because of its amazing adaptability, its immense size, and its razor sharp triangular teeth, they are put at the top of the oceanic food chain amongst others. This does not however

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