Scalloped Hammerhead Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: fifth gill slit shorter than 4 preceding ones and located
posterior to pectoral fin base; flattened head extending to hammerlike
lobes on each side; distinct indentation of the front margin
of the head at its midpoint; second dorsal fin longer than
tail; gray-brown to olive in color with white
underbelly; teeth smooth-edged; pectoral fins
tipped with black on the undersurface; tips of first
and second dorsal lobes and caudal also may have
dusky tips; pelvic fin with nearly straight hind margin.
Similar fish: other hammerhead sharks.
Where found: both OFFSHORE and INSHORE.
Size: common to 6 feet and can reach 14 feet.
Remarks: predatory fish, feeding mainly on fish,
squid, and stringrays; male matures at about 6 feet in