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Mako Shark illustration

Mako Shark

World Record ~ 1221 Lbs. Caught in Chatham, MA on July 21, 2001 by angler Luke Sweeney

Scientific name ~  Isurus Oxyrinchus

Other names ~  Blue Pointer, Bonito Shark, Short nosed Mackerel shark

Identification ~  The Shortfin Mako has a vivid blue back which turns to lighter blue on the sides with a white belly.. The line of demarcation between blue and white on the body is distinct. The underside of the snout and the area around the mouth are white. This is important because is helps differentiate the Shortfin from the Longfin Mako, which has a darkly pigmented mouth region. The Shortfin Mako body is streamlined and extremely hydrodynamic. The snout is bluntly pointed with large black eyes. The caudal keel is prominent and the tail fin is cresent shaped. The tail has a high aspect ratio (ratio of height to length), which produces maximum thrust with minimum drag and provides almost all of the propulsion for the shark

Size ~ The Shortfin Mako can exceed 1,000 pounds and 13 feet, although a more typical size that anglers catch is 10 ft and 135-300 lbs. As with most shark species, females are larger than males.

Habitat ~ The shortfin mako has a wide distribution. It is found in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world's oceans. In North America it ranges from California to Chile in the Pacific and from the Grand Banks to the hump of Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea in the Atlantic. The shortfin mako is a true pelagic species with a primarily anti-tropical distribution. However, they will enhabit the cooler, deeper water of tropical regions. In some tropical areas where the surface temperature is 81F, water temperature may be as low as 59F at depths of  95-190 feet. With the ability to elevate body temperature, makos are able to maintain themselves in temperatures of 41-52F. In this sense the makos are somewhat "warm-blooded," meaning that heat in their blood is conserved within the body and not lost through the gills.

Feeding Habits ~ The Shortfin Mako feeds on other fast-moving pelagic fishes such as swordfish, tunas, and other sharks as well as squid. The Shortfin Mako is the fastest shark, capable of attaining speeds of up to 20 mph, and leaping skillfully out of the water. Due to its beauty, aggressiveness, and jumping ability, the shortfin mako is considered one of the great gamefishes of the world.

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