Massive Tiger Shark Picks A Fight With Hammerhead Shark

Storyful Published June 28, 2017 308,289 Plays

Rumble Hammerhead sharks get their name for the uniquely distinctive shape of their heads, flattened on top and laterally extended into a hammer shape. The theory is that the hammer-like shape may have evolved to enhance the animal's vision. The positioning of the eyes on the sides of the shark's distinctive hammer-like head, gives the shark good 360-degree vision in the vertical plane, meaning they can see above and below them at all times. However, even the enhanced vision provided by the ergonomic head features did not save the Hammerhead in the video form being attacked by a much larger prehistoric predator.

Two out nine of the subspecies of hammerheads are listed as endangered on the World Conservation Union's Red List, while the smalleye hammerhead is listed as vulnerable. The status given to these species is due to overfishing and the high demand for their fins, an expensive delicacy in most of Eastern Asia.

The over 700 islands and cays that are featured in the Bahamas are beaming with oceanic wildlife. However, if you are itching for an encounter with a hammerhead shark like this one, then you will need to move further, to Bimini, which is 50 miles off Florida’s coast. You’ll need to go there in the winter months, though, since hammerhead sharks are attracted in the location for the cooler temperatures of the water.

Ryan Willsea filmed a dramatic video of two sharks fighting each other in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Venice, Louisiana, on July 21. A massive tiger shark comes into view of Ryan's GoPro camera and takes a bite out of a hammerhead shark that appears to be at least seven or eight feet long.

The hair-raising battle continues very near the water surface and GoPro catches most of the action. The Hammerhead holds on for a while by after being gripped by the stomach it seems to be losing its strength. The filmer is dangerously close to the entire event, but the video proves both sharks are too much focused on their own personal conflict with one another to even notice anything going around them.

It the mysterious underwater universe thrills you with the unimaginable and mostly unrevealed species it holds take a look a this next video.

This shark keeps telling diver he is not welcome in this part of the sea. magine coming face to face with a shark? Paul Thompson did on his recent dive into the Red Sea near Elphinstone reef, when a frisky oceanic whitetip shark came straight for him. The slow-moving, but highly aggressive shark went straight for the light on Paul’s camera, bumping into it over and over several times.

Paul, clearly aware of the shark’s aggressive nature, shouts as loud as he can through his mouthpiece, evidently in an attempt to scare the creature away from him. Eventually, it works, as the shark was probably not interested in this prey. Suffice it to say, Paul got lucky.

The oceanic whitetip shark or lesser white shark was portrayed in 1831 by a naturalist by the name of René-Primevère Lesson, who named the shark Carcharhinus maou. It was next portrayed by Cuban Felipe Poey in 1861 as Squalus longimanus. The name Pterolamiops longimanus has likewise been utilized. The species sobriquet longimanus alludes to the extent of its pectoral blades (longimanus interprets from Latin as "long hands"). The oceanic whitetip shark has numerous regular names in English: Brown Milbert's sandbar shark, dark-colored shark, nigano shark, oceanic white-tipped whaler, and whitetip shark.