The divers on board Camel Dive Club’s speedboat have been enjoying Sharktastic adventures in the Straits of Tiran this month. Encounters with the Sentinel females and schools of up to 7 Scalloped Hammerheads have made ‘Camel 1’ a very busy vessel!
On the 11th August, dive guide Rodrigo jumped on the back of Jackson reef twice at 7am and 11am – he was met with 5 inquisitive beauties patrolling the blue (see video attached, with thanks to Matteo Giani).
Scalloped hammerheads (Sphyrna lewini) use their oddly shaped heads for finding prey. With highly specialized sensory organs over their wide hammers, these sharks can more thoroughly scan the ocean for food, and their wide-set eyes give them a better visual range than other species.
The population at Jackson in Sharm el Sheikh are only seen between the months of July-October. This mass summer migration seek cooler water on the backside of the reef and use their increased sensory organs (ampullae of Lorenzini) to detect the electrical fields created by prey animals.