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Hammerhead shark

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Hammerhead Shark’s Journey May Help Conservationists

The adventures of hammerhead sharks have provided information that may help protect the endangered creatures. According to Live Science, researchers tagged three sharks in the Gulf of California and tracked their journeys.

The researchers reconnected with one of the sharks, estimated to be three years old when she was tagged, more than ten months later. The article notes that the shark’s swimming habits help conservation determine the areas where hammerheads– often a target of fishers– need more protection.

According to the article, this particular shark swam away from the coast, where the hammerheads are protected from commercial fishers. Ultimately, she swam more than 2000 miles in her 10-and-a-half months of travel. Now conservations and researchers need to figure out how they can protect sharks who veer off from the coasts.