How Fast Can a Hammerhead Shark Swim?


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A hammerhead shark can swim up to a yard per second, according to Dr. Peter Kimley. In times of duress, they may have a burst of speed to escape from a predator.

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Hammerhead sharks are known for their hammer-shaped head and wide-set eyes, which make them look like less of a predator than other types of sharks. Their actions and characteristics also differentiate them from other sharks.

Hammerhead sharks typically do not move very fast because they do not feed in similar ways to other sharks who tend to use stealth to their advantage and strike upon their prey. Instead, hammerhead sharks feed at night and tend to travel in schools. They may exhibit a burst of speed when it's required, such as moving from the bottom of the sea floor to the top to keep a low profile.

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