Great Hammerhead Shark - Sphyrna mokarran
The Great Hammerhead has a circumglobal distribution between the latitudes of 40°N and 35°S. They are a nomadic, generally solitary and highly migratory species that ranges in tropical and warm temperate seas. They are found throughout the seas around northern Australia and have been recorded occurring as far south as Sydney (34°S).
Globally hammerhead sharks have been targeted for their meat and valuable fins and have suffered serious declines in abundance in many geographic regions around the world.
The Great Hammerhead Shark is listed as a vulnerable species in NSW. Heavy penalties exist for harming, possessing, buying or selling Great Hammerhead Sharks, or for harming their habitat.
This factsheet covers the following topics:
- Habitat and ecology
- Why is the Great Hammerhead Shark threatened?
- Conservation and recovery actions
- Legal implications