So, you’ve seen the movie, or maybe even taken a picture of one of these majestic creatures and wanted to see them in their element. Luckily for you, hammerhead sharks congregate in certain areas of the ocean year-round. This means that there are times of the year where these sharks are easier to find than others.
Why do hammerheads congregate in certain areas?
There are many reasons, but the most important one is that they are looking for food. Hammerhead sharks eat a wide variety of prey, and they’re able to sense their prey by detecting electric fields generated by their movements. This allows them to detect prey even when it’s buried under sand or soil! Their powerful tails allow them to move through the water quickly and efficiently so that they can find their next meal with no problem at all.
The second most important reason is they are migrating. They cross the Banda Sea of Indonesia between September and November. Banda Sea, along with Galapagos and Okinawan, are one of the rare spots where hammerheads are known to migrate through.
Their unique appearance
Hammerheads are a species of shark known for their hammer-like head. The most common species of hammerhead is the scalloped hammerhead, followed by the smooth and great hammerheads. Although they might look similar to other species of sharks in appearance, they differ in behaviour and biology. For example, while many sharks often prefer warm waters, this is not the case with hammerheads; they are found throughout all oceans worldwide including deep seas as well as shallows areas closer to shorelines where food sources can be easily accessible without much effort required on their part due to its unique features such as eyes located on both sides of its body which allows them to have 360-degree vision, the hammerhead can see above and below at all times.
Hammerhead shark’s nature
Hammerhead sharks are amazing animals. They have one of the most charismatic shape of all shark shapes, with a wide body and round snout that can look like a hammer or a duck bill. And even though hammerhead sharks are not hostile toward humans, it is always best to be respectful and keep your distance when you see them as they might be dangerous due to their large size and hunting nature.
Hammerheads are highly migratory—that means they travel long distances from place to place. They are social animals that live in groups called “shark schools” and they migrate together. So if you’re lucky you’ll encounter them swimming together in large schooling.
Where are the best places to dive with hammerhead sharks?
Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands are two of the best places to dive with hammerhead sharks. They’re both located in warm, tropical waters, which is where these sharks thrive.
The most famous spot for diving with hammerheads in Indonesia is in Banda Sea, near the Banda Neira archipelago. There are multiple diving phinisi boats that serve this area, and when it is hammerhead season, Banda Neira is a dive spot that you don’t want to miss.
Scuba dive trips
If scuba diving with hammerhead sharks is one of you bucket list ’tis the season for it! Liveaboards in Indonesia are offering scuba diving trip packages to Banda Sea during the hammerhead season. Enjoy trips for 7D6N or 8D7N on a luxury modern phinisi style or modern style boat cruising around Banda Islands exploring the sea and the historical island of Banda. Several flights are available from Jakarta to Ambon where you’ll start your liveaboard journey. The trip will start and end in Ambon, however other may offer crossing trip from Ambon to Raja Ampat, covering more dive destinations. Find out here for trip schedules!
We hope this article has inspired you to consider a trip to go diving with hammerhead sharks. It may seem like a long way off, but don’t be afraid! We have the information to help you plan your trip , so don’t hesitate to contact us!