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The Scalloped Hammerhead Shark

Symbolizes: Connection

The Scalloped Hammerhead shark is also known as the bronze, kidney-headed, or southern hammerhead.

The scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini). Sphyrna is Greek and roughly translates into “hammer” in English

They’re found globally, in open waters usually in temperate, coastally warm, and tropical seas.

They are known to swim in large schools of 500 individuals, which is highly unusual for apex predators.

Prized for their valuable fins to make soup, the population has decreased by 95% over the past 30 years due to overfishing.

As of 2020 an estimated 1.3 to 2.7 million fins are collected each year from smooth and scalloped hammerhead sharks for the shark-fin trade.

They can swim up to 25 mph.

They are intelligent, very shy, and are considered not aggressive towards people.