This traveling exhibit is FREE to museums, libraries, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and more!

Diary of a Hammerhead


If you thought you knew everything about sharks, think again…

Experience the epic life of Harriet Hammerhead, a great hammerhead shark!  Take a peek inside Harriet's diary to explore hammerhead sharks and their importance as apex predators and keystone species of the world's oceans. 

Learning objectives include:

Biology of hammerhead sharks - Learn what makes hammerheads some of the most unusual fish around.  Sharks are "cartilaginous vertebrates". They have skeletons of cartilage rather than bone.  But don't be fooled, the anatomy of the hammerhead makes it an efficient predator. That's not all, hammerheads give birth to live "pups", exhibit some interesting social behaviors and even have a sixth sense.

Hammerhead sharks are important - Learn why ocean ecosystems all over the world depend on hammerheads and other sharks to thrive.  The disappearance of hammerheads causes disruption and endangers all levels of the food chain.

Dangers to hammerheads - The primary dangers to hammerheads are the demand for shark fin soup and bycatch.  How many sharks are we talking about?  Over 10,000 sharks are killed per hour around the world. 

Conservation efforts - Can sharks be saved?   Learn about the efforts of people dedicated to saving sharks as well as what "everyday people" can do to help.

Exhibit Panels:

This traveling exhibit is available in two sizes and is made up of four panels: Diary of a Hammerhead (8ft. by 5ft. or 5ft. by 3ft.), Shark Fast Facts (5ft. by 5ft. or 3ft. by 3ft.), Can Sharks Be Saved ( 5ft. by 5ft. or 3ft. by 3ft.), and 10 Things You Can Do to Help (5ft. by 5ft. or 3ft. by 3ft). Please note that the smaller size exhibit is for wall hanging only and does not include stands.



Educators Guide, Activities, Reference Material and Instructions:

Enhance the experience of the traveling exhibit when you use our Educators Guide!  The supplemental materials, including original content and activities by The Paly Foundation, as well as external resources, make you an instant expert on hammerheads and keep you in-the-know.

Click the links below to explore (if a PDF does not auto-open after clicking a link, please check your web browser's tabs or your computer's downloads folder):

Educators Guide:


How To Host This Exhibit:

To inquire about the availability of this traveling exhibit or if you have additional questions regarding the exhibit, please complete the form below. We will contact you within 48 hours to work out the details. Please review our Exhibit Loan Agreement (if the Agreement PDF does not auto-open after clicking on the link, please check your web browser's tabs or your computer's downloads folder). Fields marked with an asterisk (*) require an entry.

Contact Name: *
Contact Name:
Phone: *
Ship To Address: *
Ship To Address:
Currently only available in the United States.
Please provide your first choice date and two alternatives at least two weeks apart.

The Paly Foundation focuses on educational efforts that highlight the importance of conserving and protecting diverse natural habitats and wildlife populations.