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1 When it comes to identifying sharks, there is no confusion over which ones are hammerhead sharks. The reason for that is obvious. As their name suggests, hammerhead sharks have wide, flattened heads that are reminiscent of hammers. The odd form of their heads is so unique that it becomes their trademark physical feature. Hence, mistaking them for other shark species is impossible!
2 Though scientists cannot be certain why hammerhead sharks possess such strange-looking heads, they are not afraid to make guesses. One theory is that hammerhead sharks use their heads as rudders. Their ability to make exceptionally fast, sharp turns seems to support the hypothesis. Another speculation is that their peculiarly shaped heads help make them better hunters. Because hammerhead sharks have one eye and one nostril at each end of their heads, they have a broader range of vision and sense of smell than most (if not all) oceanic predators. As a result, they have a better chance tracking down prey such as rays and other sharks. The third possible explanation for hammerhead sharks' unique anatomy concerns their favorite food -- rays. Some scientists .....
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