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Scalloped Hammerhead Nursery Discovered in Galapagos
By Joanna Lentini, February 20, 2018 @ 09:35 AM (EST)
Source: National Geographic
 

 

Researchers recently discovered a scalloped hammerhead nursery in the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands. First located in November 2017, the nursery is situated at Santa Cruz Island and is one of many significant wildlife sites in the region. Researchers have begun tagging and monitoring these endangered sharks which can live up to 30 years. Litters are born live in protected coves and can have more than 30 sharks in each. Whilst in the nursery hammerheads feed mostly on crustaceans. Once they mature they will leave the safety of the nursery and travel thousands of miles feeding on rays and some types of fish. Unlike great and smooth hammerheads, scalloped hammerheads are known to congregate in large schools.

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