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Scalloped Hammerhead Shark The scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) is a species of hammerhead shark, and part of the family Sphyrnidae. Originally known as Zygaena lewini, the name of its genus was later renamed to its current name. The Greek word sphyrna translates into &quot;hammer&quot; in English, referring to the shape of this shark&#039;s head. The most distinguishing characteristic of this shark, as in all hammerheads, is the &#039;hammer&#039; on its head. The shark&#039;s eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the extensions. This is a fairly large hammerhead, though is smaller than both the great and smooth hammerheads<br />
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During a dive where we were on the look out for Tiger Sharks and Silver Tip Sharks, this particular Hammerhead Shark swam directly towards me, I was taken by surprise but manage to get one clear picture of it and it went off the moment the flash on my strobe light went off :D Geotagged,Hammerhead Shark,Maldives,Scalloped hammerhead,Shark,Sphyrna lewini,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

The scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) is a species of hammerhead shark, and part of the family Sphyrnidae. Originally known as Zygaena lewini, the name of its genus was later renamed to its current name. The Greek word sphyrna translates into "hammer" in English, referring to the shape of this shark's head. The most distinguishing characteristic of this shark, as in all hammerheads, is the 'hammer' on its head. The shark's eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the extensions. This is a fairly large hammerhead, though is smaller than both the great and smooth hammerheads

During a dive where we were on the look out for Tiger Sharks and Silver Tip Sharks, this particular Hammerhead Shark swam directly towards me, I was taken by surprise but manage to get one clear picture of it and it went off the moment the flash on my strobe light went off :D

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  1. A pro shot, one of your best, Albert! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy. This was a shot I was very happy with.
      During my dives, I takes both pictures and videos and seeing this one approached me directly, I was hesitating between a video and a picture knowing if I take a picture, I only have one shot as the strobe/flash will scares it off. My friends were a bit 'upset' with me for that, but they were happy that I share with them the picture.
      Posted 3 months ago
      1. We're glad you did! Posted 3 months ago
  2. Wow amazing shot! Were you diving in the open ocean? Don't they have a repuattion for occasional aggression to humans? Of course, Tiger Sharks are supposedly REALLY aggressive . . . Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks, Barry :)
      Yes, this is a blue water dive, off the reef. Scalloped Hammerheads are not known to be aggressive to divers.
      Tiger Sharks can be aggressive but like all wild animals, should be respected and be given their space. I have dive with many Tiger Sharks in Bahamas up close, and had no problem with that.
      Posted 3 months ago

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The scalloped hammerhead is a species of hammerhead shark, and part of the family Sphyrnidae. Originally known as ''Zygaena lewini'', the name of its genus was later renamed to its current name. The Greek word ''sphyrna'' translates into "hammer" in English, referring to the shape of this shark's head. The most distinguishing characteristic of this shark, as in all hammerheads, is the 'hammer' on its head. The shark's eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the extensions. This is a fairly large hammerhead,.. more

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Uploaded Mar 15, 2017. Captured Mar 13, 2017 14:16 in Kinaaraa Goalhi, Fuvahmulah, Maldives.
  • TG-4
  • f/2.8
  • 1/80s
  • ISO200
  • 4.5mm