Galapagos Hammerhead Shark

This instantly recognisable shark gathers in Galapagos in large numbers


The Scalloped Hammerhead Shark is one of the most recognisable species in the ocean, and the Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the best places in the world to see these remarkable creatures. Hammerhead sharks can be seen gathering together in large schools of up to several hundred here, one of the only places on Earth this happens. Scientists are still unsure of the reasons behind this schooling behaviour.

Like all members of the hammerhead family, the Scalloped Hammerhead has the famous "hammer" consisting of a central dent and an arched front edge. The eyes are found at the edges of the "hammer". Hammerheads are silver-gray in color, fading to white on their underside. Hammerheads have the largest brains of all shark species.

The Galapagos is the best place to dive with hammerhead sharks. They congregate around the remote northern Islands of Darwin and Wolf and our specialist Galapatours diving cruises will take you to the perfect locations to experience these remarkable schools.

The Hammerheads are able to be seen all year round, but they gather in their greatest numbers in January. Speak to one of our Galapagos specialists for help with building a diving itinerary that maximises your chances of experiencing these iconic creatures.

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Fast Facts about Galapagos Hammerhead Shark

  • Hammerhead sharks have electrical sensors on their bodies that they use to hunt their prey
  • The sharks unique head shape gives it a scenting capability that 10 times greater than other sharks
  • Hammerheads don;t believe in romantic courtship... The males bite the females until they submit!
  • Hammerheads are most common around Wolf Island and Darwin Island in the north of Galapagos

Where can the Galapagos Galapagos Hammerhead Shark be seen?

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