Kids can learn how to draw a hammerhead shark by following the demonstration images in this easy guide.
Enjoy this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a hammerhead shark. This easy hammerhead shark tutorial is perfect for young students looking to learn how to draw.
All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Plan for this drawing to take about 20 minutes, but the creative process can actually take longer if a background is added as well.
Finally learn to draw your very own marine life by following this lesson at your own comfortable pace. …and now for the how to draw a hammerhead shark lesson…
- Drawing Paper
- Crayons or Colored Pencils
- Black Marker (optional)
- How to Draw a Hammerhead Shark Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
In this tutorial, we will start off with a blank piece of paper and learn how to draw a hammerhead shark in 6 instructive steps. It’s best if we observe the shape and size of each part of the hammerhead shark.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Draw The Body Shape
Start off by drawing the body using two curved lines.
Start The Head
Use more curved lines to start off the head shape. Since this is a hammerhead shark, it’s head will go out to the side a bit.
Finish The Hammerhead Shape
complete the head by connecting one side of the head to the other with four small bumps.
Add Fins And The Tail
Draw two large fins, one on top of the body, one on the side. Draw the large tail and add a smaller fin underneath the body.
Add two small fins near the tail and gills near the face. Draw the shark’s eyes on the side of it’s head.
Color It In
Use gray to color in the body, and a lighter gray for the underside of the body and head.
How to Draw a Hammerhead Shark PDF Download
Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for How to Draw a Hammerhead Shark. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!
A Strange Looking Fish
Hammerhead sharks can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. They have heads that are shaped like a hammer and they swim by moving their head from side to side. Hammerheads have an amazing sense of smell which helps them identify food from large distances away.
Hammerheads hunt by themself, not in groups and can even find their favorite food…stingrays hiding underneath the sand on the bottom of the ocean. Hammerhead sharks also eat bony fishes, crabs, squid, lobster and other sea creatures.
They can grow to be up to 20 feet long and weigh up to 1000 pounds. They can live for about 20-30 years old in the wild.
Some varieties, most notably the Great Hammerhead are critically endangered because people keep hunting them for their prized fins which are very large.
The Hammerhead Shark
A capable hunter found in warm, tropical waters, around the world. Hammerheads are known to be one of the more oddly shaped species of sharks. With heads shaped like hammers, their eyes can be found far apart. This odd trait allows the Hammerhead to have better visual range.
The Hammerhead shark’s wide head has a special sensory organ that allows it to scan for prey on the seafloor. One of its preferred meals that hides beneath a blanket of sand on the seafloor is the stingray.
Hammerhead sharks are a fairly large species averaging around 13-20 feet. These apex predators live to about 30 years old in the wild. These sharks often hunt alone but can be found traveling in groups called “schools” when looking for food or breeding.
Notable Species of Hammerhead Sharks
The Great Hammerhead
The largest of the Hammerhead sharks. This species can grow to a staggering length of 20 feet. You can differentiate this Hammerhead from its cousins by its larger “hammer” shaped head with a notch in the middle.
The Smooth Hammerhead
The Smooth Hammerhead is another large species of shark. It can grow to an average of 13 feet long. This shark is widely distributed around the waters of Canada all the way to the Caribbean. They can also be found in the waters of Africa and Europe among others.
The Scalloped Hammerhead
These species of shark have bumps on the middle of its head as opposed to other Hammerheads. These species of hammerhead are also fairly big. They grow to a hefty 13 feet long.
What’s So Interesting About Them?
The Hammerhead shark is a young species said to have evolved only 20 million years ago. According to research, sharks have been around for about 420 million years so in retrospect, Hammerheads are new.
A species of Hammerhead, called the Bonnethead shark, gave birth without mating. This specific shark is held in captivity with only females in an aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska.