This sculpture of a hammerhead shark is 3,5 meters long and contains approximately 1.800 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.
The great hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran, is the largest of all hammerhead species, reaching a maximum length of 6.1 m. They are apex predators, circum-globally distributed in both coastal and pelagic seas.
There are no data available on the global population size of the great hammerhead, but they are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Great hammerheads have among the highest mortality rates, and they are caught globally as target and bycatch in a variety of fisheries. They are also particularly threatened by the global shark fin trade because of the large size of their fins.
This species is found in the Mediterranean Sea, where steep declines of hammerheads (Sphyrna) have occurred.
To allow recovery, it is recommended that all great hammerhead retention and landings be prohibited. Initiatives to prevent capture, minimize bycatch mortality, promote safe release, and improve catch reporting are also urgently needed.
Dent, F. and Clarke, S. 2015. State of the global market for shark products. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper No. 590. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy. 187 pp.
Rigby, C.L., Barreto, R., Carlson, J. et al.. 2019. Sphyrna mokarran. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T39386A2920499.
With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation