Hammerhead id

 Hooked this bloke the other day he went like a demon stripping line like no tomorrow. Just wondering if anybody could give us an I'd on the species of hammerhead it is. Asked the fisheries and they said it was unusual but wouldn't give a positive I'd because of water distortion. Anyone got any ideas? Not the best photo but best I could do at the time. The shape of the head seems unusual with the curves on the trailing edge.

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Hammerhead id

Wed, 2020-02-12 18:50

Pretty hard from the photograph, however, I would lean towards it being a Scalloped Hammerhead - Sphyrna lewini.

Based on the general shape of the leading edge of the head with the indents on each extremity seems to match up.

I'll see what others may offer up.

Not all that great on the tooth, gummies and whiskeries AND small makos are my faves


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There are supposed to be 9 difference species of hammers

Wed, 2020-02-12 18:54

But perhaps there are ten as yours looks nothing like any of them.   Hopefully Glenn will see this and enlighten us all.   Plenty of hammers around at the moment and yes do they ever strip line at a rate of knots  

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 Would have been fun . Landed

Wed, 2020-02-12 19:42

 Would have been fun . Landed a few hammers in th he past . They went even better in the fryer battered. Bleed and amputate the head and tail within 5 minutes and on ice . 


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Scalloped Hammer

Wed, 2020-02-12 20:56

 100% sure its a scalloped hammer

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Thu, 2020-02-13 05:48

 Thanks guys i'll go with that.