The Galapagos is full of different marine life, the most sought after being the scalloped hammerhead shark. Time slows as you begin to discover this underwater world in the Galapagos. The figures of their dark grey bodies swirl around, indifferent towards your presence. Reaching a maximum of 6 meters (19 feet) in length, these giants can create an intimidating omnipresence. Nonetheless, you are surely more of a threat to them than they are to you. The hammerheads are often caught in nets or sold illegally in markets. However, in the Galapagos we have a conservation trust that supports the research and protection of these sharks.
Regardless, our trained guides ensure your well-being by detecting possible signs of irritability in these wild creatures.
While elusive and difficult to find in most places, these sharks have made the Galapagos Marine reserve their home, where they are free to prey on boney fish, other sharks, sting rays, and squid. They are the most abundant in January with a low season in May, but it is common to see them all throughout the year. Observe a mysterious ritual unique to the Galapagos, where you can watch as several hundred hammerheads slip through the water around you. The reason for this is unknown, but entrancing none the less.
You may also wonder why these sharks have such an odd shaped head, but we can assure you it is more than just aesthetics. The flat hammer shape increases their ability to smell and sense other animals through the use of electric fields and currents, also known as electroreception. Nature truly is the best engineer.
Join our expert divers in a tour to see these magnificent creatures for yourself. We offer tours that visit the most popular locations for hammerheads like Mosquera Islet, North Seymour Island, and Gordon Rock. Leap into the diamond studded ocean and feel the stillness and quiet of being underwater. Here, the sun pierces through the radiant blue waves rearranging the sky into a kaleidoscope of shapes and colours. The Earth above will feel like a far and distant memory under the blanket of sea.
Come have the experience of a lifetime diving with Ecuatraveling in the Galapagos! Book your adventure with us today and dive into a world only a few have ever had the privilege of seeing.
Written by Dana