Difference between a Bonnethead and HammerHead?

TriguyTriguy Posts: 200 Officer
Is there a difference between the two? Isn't the technical name for hammerhead, bonnethead?


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  • flsharkerflsharker Posts: 54 Deckhand
    bonnethead grows to about 4ft head is also smaller then a hammerheads and hammerheads grows 12ft plus
  • waldnerrwaldnerr Posts: 987 Officer
    The bonnethead is a small species of hammerhead; the hammerheads all belong to the same genus (Sphyrna), but there are several distinct species. Bonnetheads differ from their larger breathern in part by their feeding habits; they feed mostly on crustaceans (shrimps, crabs, and the like).
  • JesseJamesJesseJames Posts: 2,408 Officer

    Canaveral Bight Bonnethead.
  • snookcatcher1snookcatcher1 Posts: 256 Officer
    Hammer Heads are very illegal to harvest and take a long while to get sexually mature and reproduce. From what I've been told, Hammers don't taste good as table fare. There is no reason to ever kill or harvest a Hammer Head. Bonnet Heads are very different (smaller), plentiful, non-pressured species, legal to harvest, some anglers will OCCASIONALLY harvest one for the table.
  • seachasseachas Posts: 66 Deckhand
    one has a bonnett and the other has a claw
  • repairrepair Posts: 199 Deckhand
    Bonnets have a round head, Hammers are square.
    Look at a soup spoon then a sledge hammer thats what they look like.
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  • Nat1976Nat1976 Posts: 497 Officer
    When we were kids(13-16)we would anchor up in one of the cuts of Islandia (those northern most Fl.Keys not conected by bridge) and fish a night. After a while the bonnet heads would come through and yank all our lines out or pop them. We would often have one rod rigged up just for them. They would put up more of a fight than anything else out there we were catching, and YES we would eat one or two off them. First light of dawn we would beach up one off the vacant islands and start a fire. Shark steaks with butter and Lawry's seasoning salt and Top Ramen nodles. After a night of fishing and excessively drinking and using night fishing 'enhancers' anything will taste good ,but it may have been that they actually were good table fare.
  • MiamipescadorMiamipescador Posts: 696 Officer
    The difference is that the bonnethead is the bait for the hammerhead lol

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