Did you know that hammerhead sharks can weigh up to 1,000 pounds? Before we go any further we want to assure you that these creatures are not interested in eating us. They actually feed on stingrays! Yes believe it or not, hammerhead sharks feed on stingrays which is why their head is so wide.
Hammerhead sharks use their wide head to pin down stingrays against the sea bed before attacking them. Sorry we ruined the mystery you might have had about their head. Now this is not the only use of their wide head. The other big perk of having a wide head is it helps them make quick turns without having large dorsal fins. Very cool isn’t it!
The other thing you might have noticed about hammerhead sharks is that their eyes are spread out across their hammer like head. This enables them to scan the sea bed better than any other shark in town. Think of it like looking at a regular picture and then looking at a panoramic picture. Big difference isn’t it. Don’t you wish you were a hammerhead shark! You might not want to deal with the wide head jokes though.
We have also seen hammerhead sharks on a variety of our scuba diving travel trips in the Red Sea, Great Barrier Reef and Indian Ocean. What makes the Galapagos unique is the soft current that all sharks as well as other pelagics love. At Darwin Island you can scuba diving at the cleaning station where hammerheads go to get cleaned by angel fish. What an incredible sighting this is!
Yes, imagine yourself underwater and in front of you are these magnificent creatures over 15ft long surrounded by hundreds of angels fish. After swimming around for a bit, the hammerhead picks the perfect angel fish that will clean its face. This is not a dream. This is something that takes place at the Galapagos.
Scuba diving is all about discovering things like the hammerhead sharks up close. There are so many great places where you can dive around the world and meet these miraculous creatures. We don’t really know where the future of our oceans is heading, so take every opportunity you can to travel and scuba dive in these incredible places. Make your next trip a scuba diving trip to the Galapagos. In the mean time, check out the video below of what it feels like to be a hammerhead since we know this article made you want to be one.