In those days photography was an expensive hobby and my father being quite frugal did not make many copies . Furthermore he did not buy many of those Kodak films for his Rolleiflex camera. His hobby was simple and I must say he was not overly productive where his photographs were concerned. Not like today when photographers who use digital cameras DSLR can "click away".and delete when the photos are not that delightful.
|This photo was taken in the 1950's. A juvenile hammerhead was hauled up after it was hooked.|
|Lovely eyes of a hammerhead.|
Hammerheads are very overfished because they have huge fins and they are furthermore commonly found in South East Asian waters and the Pacific.
In fact Fuzhou(China)is one of the largest exporters of shark meat (both fresh and frozen). Salted shark meat is also very popular amongst the Asians in general. A lot of the shark meat is made into fish balls. Sibu also has large frozen fish and fish ball factories which provide not only a good income for the locals but also has made some of the local Foochows multi millionaires.
By the way the ancient native Hawaiians consider sharks "gods".
|I am not a shark expert but this looks like a scalloped hammerhead.|
|Full body picture. I thank the fishmonger for allowing me to take this photo of a seldom caught hammerhead|
Today the Hammerhead is on the endangered list.
But when an occasional hammerhead arrives in a market it does not mean that our fishermen are the culprits of overfishing of the hammerheads. This hammerhead is one of the rare ones caught and is put on display. For fish fans like me I really appreciate such a view.and the friendliness of the fishmongers who are very knowledgeable.