The hammerhead shark is the most emblematic animal of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, which is one of the last places in the world where you can still see large schools of these strange animals. The songs’s author is a Galapagos Dive guide who has had the opportunity to carefully observe how hammerhead sharks free themselves from their parasites at the famous “cleaning stations” with the help of the king angelfish, who has specialized in this activity. This exchange of favors is of mutual benefit for both, as the cleaning fish get part of their nourishment from the parasites and the hammerhead sharks free themselves of these undesired guests. It’s a shame that the sale of their fins on the international market, as supposed aphrodisiacs, has created a lucrative business, which could result in the extinction of these majestic animals.

Music:

Lead vocals: Mathias Espinosa
Chorus: Maria Augusta Balseca & Mathias Espinosa
Guitar, Bass, Tres Cubano: Hector Napolitano
Percussion: Dany Cobo
Words and music: Mathias Espinosa

Recording production: Mathias Espinosa & Maria Augusta Balseca
Iguana Sound Studio / Pto. Villamil - Isla Isabela - Galapagos
Additional recording: Guillermon Mosquera & Jonny Luna
Music coordinator: Hector Napolitano
Mastring final mix: Jonny Luna, Mathias Espinosa, Hector Napolitano

©2005 Iguana Sound

Video:

Live Music Performance: Mathias Espinosa & Maria Augusta Balseca
Live audio: Sarah Gulick & Name
Underwater Cinematography: Mathias Espinosa
Cinematography: Larry Engel, Helenah Swedberg, Erin Finicane

Director, Producer, Editor: Sarah Gulick
Assistant Producer: Natalie Sasser
Production Assistants: Simone Lewis-Koskinen, Danika Owsley, Sherri Liang

©2011 Shark Amigos, Iguana Sound, Studio Up!

Lyrics:

They say your ugly and big headed,
they say you attack without reason,
with your many sharp teeth,
you search for the weakest without compassion.

Shark, hammerhead shark,
people condemn you without reason.
Shark, hammerhead shark,
it’s time to change your killer myth,
people condemn you without reason.

In the Savannah the lion king hunts;
in the mountains the bear caught salmon.
For thousands of years now they’ve fulfilled
their function to control overpopulation.

Shark, hammerhead shark,
if you do the same as the lion king.
Shark, hammerhead shark,
it’s time to change your killer myth,
if you do the same as the lion king.

Ayayay, careful with your fins.
Besides being strong and courageous,
you’ve got marine ticks, oh what an itch.
The king angel fish is your solution;
it cleans and frees you from this big problem.

Shark, hammerhead shark,
some people admire you with reason.
Shark, hammerhead shark,
it’s time to change your killer myth,
some people admire you with reason.

Shark, hammerhead shark,
some people admire you with reason.
Shark, hammerhead shark,
it’s time to change your killer myth,
some people admire you with reason.

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