Hammerhead Sharks Could Have The Best Vision In Animal Kingdom


It may be ugly but the distinctive snout of the hammerhead shark means it has some of the best “all round” vision in the animal kingdom, scientists have discovered. Researchers have found that the odd shape of the head allows the sharks, which can grow up to 20 ft long, to have a 360 degree field of vision in all directions.Not only does it have front, back and side vision it can also see vertically and judge depths, claims the study.

“We were very surprised, they really have remarkable vision,” said Dr Michelle McComb, lead author of the study at Florida Atlantic University”At any time when they are swimming they can not only see from side to side, in front and behind but also above and below.”The evolution of the odd shaped head has long puzzled scientists and many reasons such as manoeuvrability, smell and inbuilt “sonar” have been tested.