Thanks to their peculiarly shaped heads, hammerhead sharks are one of the easiest sharks to identify. I can recall a bizarre encounter with a 4-metre hammerhead shark while diving for crayfish at Ged Norr (home reef). I was driving the boat and my nephew was diving when suddenly I recognised the shark’s fin sticking out of the water in the distance. I called my nephew to get back into the dinghy and we moved to the other side of the reef. But as my nephew continued diving, it showed up once more, so we tried to chase it away. It kept cruising around nearby, as if it wanted something; its behaviour wasn’t aggressive, it just was looking for something it had left behind and we were in its way. Eventually, I decided to speak out loud in a sign of respect, saying “Athe! We try for dive ya” and it left immediately, just like that. My nephew was so amazed and couldn’t believe what he just witnessed. I know in my heart that you need to respect a very powerful creature of the sea, which is also identified as one of my family traditional totems – Kurrs.