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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Where Looks May Be Deceiving
The hammerhead looked to us pretty gnarly. Even if they hung around for less than 10 minutes throughout the 7 hour 8 minute circumnavigation, their presence was enough to scare us throughout the swim.
Fortunately, I was told that the 9 different species of hammerhead sharks have disproportionately small mouths and reportedly do a lot of bottom-hunting - as opposed to man-hunting of ocean swimmers. The hammerheads are also known to form schools during the day, sometimes in groups in the hundreds. It was those groups that we had the thrill to have personally see during the swim around the tropical Yonaguni Island.
While the hammerhead has an usual shape and is occasionally reported by the media as a feared apex predator, according to the authoritative International Shark Attack File, the hammerhead shark has been attributed with a total of 41 recorded attacks since 1580 with no deaths reported. There have been 17 unprovoked attacks + 11 provoked attacks + 6 non-assigned + 7 boat attacks.
For those who wish to know more, the International Shark Attack File has an plethora of information on sharks and what swimmers can and should do in the open water.
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