Massive Tiger Shark Picks A Fight With Hammerhead Shark

StoryfulPublished: June 28, 201720,824 views
Published: June 28, 2017

This species gets its 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.

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, thought, since hammerhead sharks are attracted in the location for the cooler temperatures of the water.

Ryan Willsea filmed 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.

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