Hammerhead Sharks

Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.


The eyes are located on flattened lobes each side of the distinctive hammer-shaped head.





Found in all temperate and tropical waters worldwide, all species are assumed to be highly migratory. In South Africa, adults are found offshore in deeper waters, while juveniles are very common inshore often swimming just under the surface.

Relatively shy of divers and notoriously difficult to photograph. Large specimens of Greater Hammerhead sharks and schools of several 100's to 1000's Scalloped Hammerheads are seasonally encountered by divers on PROTEA BANKS.

The Greater Hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran, is the largest species of Hammerhead shark, attaining a maximum length of 6m. Different from other species of its family, it is a solitary species and is occasionally encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

The Scalloped Hammerhead, Sphyrna lewini, has a body that is greyish above and paler below, attaining a length of about 3m. The front edge of the head being more noticeably scalloped in shape. The first dorsal is less prominent than that of the Greater Hammerhead shark. From September to January, they migrate in big schools to PROTEA BANKS with 100's to 1000's being seen on a singular reef dive ... absolutely mind blowing!

PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECIFIC SHARK SPECIES CAN NEVER BE GUARANTEED ON A PARTICULAR DIVE!! This is what makes PROTEA BANKS so unique. Each and every day is just so different!

Hammerhead Shark Season


Graph gives a rough % estimation of the possibility of HAMMERHEAD SHARK sightings on PROTEA BANKS. Based on data collected from the AQUA PLANET DIVE CENTRE AND CHARTER LOGBOOK, over a 5 year period. 

Hammerhead Shark Gallery

Hammerhead Shark Video

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