This sculpture of a scalloped hammerhead is 2,3 meters long and contains approximately 1.100 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

 

The scalloped hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) is a circumglobal shark that lives in warm temperate and tropical seas, including the Mediterranean Sea, and forms large aggregations around oceanic islands.

 

This species has a slow growth rate, late sexual maturity, long gestation period, and a long lifespan.

 

The scalloped hammerhead is one of the most exploited and threatened sharks, and due to reduction in population sizes in multiple areas, this species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and included on Appendix II of the CITES.

 

They are caught as target and bycatch in a variety of commercial fisheries. The combination of the high fishing pressure and their biological traits makes this species particularly vulnerable to overexploitation.

 

This species is also one of the most valuable sharks in the fin trade. Together, smooth and scalloped hammerheads comprise 4-5% of the total fins traded in Hong Kong, which translates to an annual estimate of 1.3 to 2.7 million hammerhead individuals.

 

References:

Ebert, D.A., Fowler, S. and Compagno, L. 2013. Sharks of the World. A Fully Illustrated Guide. Wild Nature Press, Plymouth, United Kingdom.

Fields, A.T., Fischer, G.A et al. 2017. Species composition of the international shark fin trade assessed through retail-market survey in Hong Kong. Conservation Biology 32(2): 376–389.

Rigby, C.L., Dulvy, N.K. et al. 2019. Sphyrna lewini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T39385A2918526.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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