Countdown to CoP16: Ever wondered why hammerhead sharks look a little funny? Scientists believe their hammer-shaped head helps them see and find their prey better. Hammerheads are one of the only sharks that may swim in large groups and are primarily harvested for their fins. One of their shark cousins, the porbeagle shark, has been observed playing with floating objects in the ocean and is highly valued for its meat. Both are threatened by targeted and bycatch fisheries. The United States is supporting proposals to list porbeagle and three species of hammerhead sharks (scalloped, great, and smooth) in CITES to help ensure the international trade of these sharks is sustainable. Learn more: 1.usa.gov/14XWYyI.
Great Hammerhead Shark. Taken by Wendell Reed (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0), Atlanta, Georgia, 2008.
April 17, 2014
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