Shark Minutes! 5 facts about hammerhead sharks in 60 seconds. I want to give a shout to Dr. Erich Ritter, who's podcast reminded me of how amazing hammerhead sharks are. These casts are packed with information and refreshingly honest. I had never heard that the pectoral fin size is related to the cephalofoil size so that's a new one for me ( and I hope Erich is right about it, ha, ha).
OK, here we go!
1. The broad head expands the range of downward-facing ampulae of Lorenzini, aiding the shark in finding prey hidden on the ocean floor.
2. Hammerhead sharks have a 360-degree field of view!! I can't imagine processing that information.
3. The hammerhead shark has the tightest turning radius of sharks, likely assisted by the hammer (cephalofoil).
4. Pectoral fin size is related to cephalofoil size.
5. Hammerhead sharks have a relatively small mouth, which could be a disadvantage when taking down prey, but again, the foil helps make up for this since the hammerhead shark uses it to pin prey down.
There are several species of hammerhead shark; the ones featured in this video are great hammerheads, filmed by Skyler Thomas in the Bahamas.
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Skyler Thomas is the primary blog contributor, cinematographer, and lead editor at White Shark Video.