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This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each species’ habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.

Shark, Great Hammerhead
Sphyrna mokarran

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Family:  Hammerhead Sharks  (Sphyrnidae)
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Other Names :Hammerhead Shark, Great Hammerhead Shark
Range & Habitat :Found Gulfwide in nearshore and offshore waters.
Identification & Biology :The front margin of the hammer-shaped head is relatively straight in the great hammerhead, as compared to the bow-shaped edges of the scalloped hammerhead and bonnethead sharks. It feeds on fish, including rays and other sharks. It is considered dangerous to man and in areas outside of the Gulf of Mexico, many attacks on humans have been attributed to it.
Size :Common to 14 feet and 1000 pounds. Its largest size is reputed to be 20 feet long.
Food Value :Good. See ‘Nurse Shark’ entry for handling tips.
Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter

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