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Sphyrnidae - bonnethead, hammerhead sharks

hammerhead sharkThere are nine species in this family. They have unusual, flattened heads that look like the head of a hammer! They have large, round eyes on each end of their "hammer" heads. They range in size from 5-17 feet in length. They are found in temperate and tropical waters to depths of about 900 feet. They eat fish, crustaceans, and squid, and octopuses.

Endangered in NH Endangered in NH

Threatened in NH Threatened in NH

introduced Introduced

Endangered in the US Endangered in US

Threatened in the US Threatened in US


  New Hampshire Species    North/Central American Species
Smooth Hammerhead  

Bonnethead Shark
Great Hammerhead Shark
Mallethead Shark
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark