Hi there, my name is the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark and no, I’m not good with nails, stop asking me this question. You do not want to get on my nerves.
That said, I know I do have a unique appearance and honestly, I like it very much. With my eyes located at both ends of my head, I have a 360 degree visual view, which comes in handy whenever I hunt. My hammer-shaped head spreads out the ampullae of Lorenzini, special sensing organs also known as electroreceptors. They enable me to sense electric fields in the water, for instance, the heartbeat of a prey hiding under the seabed. Nothing gets away from me.
Speaking of hunting, I prefer hunting in big schools, sometimes in the hundreds. What? I’m a bully? No, I’m just a believer of strength in numbers, who doesn’t anyway? By the way, I’m a big boy myself as I can even grow up 6m long.
My favourite nosh? Sardines, mackerel, herring, squids and even smaller species of sharks and rays. I usually hammer them into submission. Haha!
Oh and I’m ovoviviparous, meaning that our babies develop inside eggs that stays within the mother’s abdomen. This pregnancy may last between 9 to 10 months, very similar to you humans. But unlike you, we give birth to between 15 and 30 pups.
You might think that we have a healthy population, given the number of pups born at a single time. But alas, we are endangered due to the demand of my fins. I heard shark’s fin soup is a Chinese delicacy. I personally think otherwise; what’s so nice about my cartilaginous fins? I don’t understand humans – you can quote me. Sometimes you guys eat things without even thinking.
I hang out with my shark pals daily and occasionally some humans take a dip in my tank to see me up close, albeit surrounded by an acrylic panel. Don’t worry, I won’t bite, unless you crack more hammer jokes or touch my fins.