Rare New Species Of Hammerhead Shark Discovered Off South Carolina Coast

November 8, 2013 7:00 AM

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Rare New Species Of Hammerhead Shark Discovered Off South Carolina Coast

Joe Quattro, an ichthyologist and biology professor in USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, did not set out to discover a previously unknown species but found one exclusively living in saltwater. According to scientists, the rarity of the Carolina hammerhead shark, or, Sphyrna gilberti, underscores the fragility of shark diversity in the face of relentless human predation.

“South Carolina is a well-known pupping ground for several species of sharks, including the hammerhead,” a statement from the USC read. “The female hammerhead will birth her young at the ocean-side fringes of the estuary; the pups remain there for a year or so, growing, before moving out to the ocea...

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