with An Iconic Shark
Cabo, Mexico is one of only a handful of places where people have a chance to swim with hammerhead sharks regularly. They are commonly spotted between the months of July and November, thanks to the ideal water conditions during these months. They are not considered to be very dangerous for humans, and attacks very rarely occur, and Cabo Shark Dive has a 100% safety record. These facts, along with their distinctive shape, has made hammerhead among the most popular of sharks.
How to identify a
It is easy to identify a hammerhead shark, as their names speak for themselves. Hammerheads have a wide head, kind of like two hammers on either side of their body, with eyes on each end. Besides their unique alien-like head shape, hammerheads are also recognized by their large dorsal fin. When on one of our tours, watch for a hammerhead dorsal fin to appear alongside the boat. This is often the first sign that this shark has
What Hammerheads can you see in Cabo?
There are two main types of Hammerheads that we see here in Cabo; scalloped and smooth hammerheads. To differentiate the two, you simply have to look at their head shape. Scalloped hammerheads have indentations along the front ridge of their head, whereas smooth hammerheads have an even curved edge.
We are happy to report that we routinely see smooth hammerheads on our half day trips. This is because adult smooth hammerheads are typically solitary creatures, whereas adult scalloped hammerheads often school together.
One of the most famous places to see scalloped hammerheads is at Gordo Banks, and underwater seamount which is known for its schooling scalloped hammerheads. This is one of our favourite excursions for our full day
Hammerhead Eyes &
Now that you have seen the pictures of this strange looking
creature with eyes on the side of his head, you must be wondering what could
possibly be the evolutionary advantage of such a strange shape? As we have
discovered, there are many advantages to this head shape.
Having their eyes on either side of their head allows
Hammerheads to see all around them. This is because their eyes, like humans,
each see a different angle on an object. Compared to other sharks, this means
that hammerheads have better depth perception a wider field of vision.
Another benefit to this strange shape is that hammerheads are able to use their head to help them hunt without worrying about eye damage. For example, rays tend to be one of their favourite meals. In order to trap a ray, these sharks use the unusual shape of their head to shock the ray, by pinning it against the ocean floor.
We love Hammerhead sharks, and we want to show you why. Book your tour to