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Hammerhead Shark Photos From “Exhilarating” Dive

I just returned from an incredible trip scuba diving with great hammerhead sharks.

This was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. While underwater I was amazed by these awesome predators.

I was able to capture a series of photos (both during day and night) of these mysterious creatures.



As you look through the photos below, you should know that the great hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran) is listed as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Recent studies suggest that great hammerheads have declined drastically in certain regions of the world due to overfishing. This is, in part, because great hammerhead fins are prized in the shark fin trade, leading to targeted fishing for these sharks; however, they are also caught unintentionally as bycatch. I have previously posted about the shark fin trade here.

In a few days (March 3-14), governments around the world will meet to discuss potentially providing protection for three species of hammerhead shark (the great, smooth, and scalloped hammerhead).

At this meeting, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), governments will vote whether or not to limit the international trade of hammerhead shark fins and meat. Such protection will help reduce the targeted fishing and trade in hammerhead shark fins.































After spending time with these awesome animals, I can only hope that the great hammerhead is provided protection under CITES in a few days. I will certainly be watching to see the fate of these sharks.
NOTE: All photos are copyright Neil Hammerschlag and cannot be used without written permission.


  1. austin fields
    Virgin Islands
    June 18, 2016, 4:40 pm

    keep the fight alive my friend , great pics

  2. Jordan
    March 8, 2016, 6:40 pm

    See? Look at that head. Nature can have a cruel sense of humour sometimes.

    Mangalore, India
    March 14, 2013, 4:03 am

    we must enforce the rules and regulations for saving beautiful creature on the earth for future generation

  4. nimalan gopal
    March 12, 2013, 10:57 pm

    i would really love to adopt one and care for it.any chance of telling me where i can get one??

  5. Tabitha
    Brooksville, Florida
    March 1, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I love hammerhead! These are great shots! Thanks for bringing attention to the plight of these wonderful animals!

  6. Isaac
    March 1, 2013, 2:27 pm

    That is great, love your pics

  7. Jose Palazzo
    Canoas, Brazil
    February 28, 2013, 8:44 pm

    Neil, is this the Bahamas? I´m curious about the location, rarely have I seen hammerheads appear at a shark feeding.

  8. Mary
    Jacksonville, Florida
    February 28, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Great shots, but did you have to put your watermark right on top of the sharks nose every time? It makes the pictures look like crap. Also, you spelled “whether” wrong.

  9. mark
    February 27, 2013, 9:25 pm

    Great shots ! love the combination of the sharks and the sandy ocean floor . More importantly thanks for highlighting the plight of these beautiful . complex creatures , in regards to shark fin soup and also other foods and products , that shark fin is used in .