How to Draw a Hammerhead Shark

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The hammerhead shark is perhaps one of the most recognizable fish in the ocean. The strangely shaped head, called a cephalofoil, may give the shark increased maneuverability while hunting and an enhanced sense of smell. It also contains electric sensors that aid the shark in finding fish. The spacing of the eyes may also afford a wider field of vision.

There are ten species of hammerheads. The smallest is only three feet in length, while the largest is more than 20 feet.

Hammerheads display unique behaviors are well. They are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young rather than laying eggs, as do most other fish. They are also known to congregate in huge schools during the day.

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One species is even omnivorous rather than carnivorous – in addition to eating meat, this shark feeds on seagrass.

Films such as Jaws and Sharknado often paint sharks as vicious, man-eating beasts. Are hammerhead sharks dangerous? Only a few hammerhead shark attacks have been recorded during the past 500 years, and none of them fatal.

Most sharks attack only when defending themselves or reacting to a perceived food source. Many species eat only bottom-dwelling creatures such as crabs.

Hammerhead sharks have long excited the human imagination. In Hawaiian mythology, for example, sharks are considered to be “gods of the sea.” The rare sighting of a hammerhead shark near Hawaiian waters is thought to be a good omen, meaning that the shark is protecting the people.

In popular culture, hammerhead sharks appear in such television cartoons as Street Sharks and feature films such as Finding Nemo (2003). Small hammerhead sharks are popular denizens of public aquariums.

Would you like to draw a hammerhead shark? This easy, step-by-step drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a sheet of paper, a pencil, and an eraser. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Shark, Whale, and Cute Narwhal.

​Step by Step Instructions for Drawing​ a Hammerhead Shark

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the front of the shark’s head.Use several curved lines to sketch an irregular shape that resembles a bone or an exercise weight.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 2

2. Draw a long, curved line extending from one side of the face.This outlines the shark’s back.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 3

3. Draw another long, curved line descending from the opposite side of the face. This outline’s the shark’s belly.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 4

4. Continue the lines on each side. Notice how the lines flare outward, forming the outer edges of the tail.

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How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 5

5. Use curved lines to connect the edges of the tail. Note the “V” shaped line near one of the tail’s tips: this represents a notch in the tail, perhaps caused by a bite from another shark.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 6

6. Draw the pectoral fin, erasing guide lines as necessary. Use two curved lines extending from the body of the shark, and allow them to meet in a sharp point.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 7

7. Extend a pair of curved lines from the opposite side of the shark, allowing them to meet in a point. This forms the other pectoral fin.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 8

8. Draw a pair of curved lines just below the shark’s snout, forming the mouth. Draw “V” shaped lines within the mouth to indicate the teeth.

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How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 9

9. Draw a pair of curved lines between the pectoral fin and the snout, indicating the gills. On the eyestalk, draw a circle within a circle, forming the eye.

How to Draw Hammerhead Shark: Step 10

10. Color your shark. Sharks are often depicted as blue in color, but most sharks display various shades of grey or brown.

More fishy fun awaits you among our animal drawing guides, where you’ll find other sharks and deep-sea creatures.

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