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Mako Shark Madness

In honor of Shark Week, for the next few days I am going to be posting some cool facts and photos of the sharks I have had the pleasure of swimming with. Check out the Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), one of the fastest fish in the ocean.   Shortfin Mako facts at a glance...

In honor of Shark Week, for the next few days I am going to be posting some cool facts and photos of the sharks I have had the pleasure of swimming with.

Check out the Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus), one of the fastest fish in the ocean.

 

Shortfin Mako facts at a glance (Shark Facts From The ReefQuest Center for Shark Research).

Size at Birth: 27-31.5 in (70-80 cm)

Size at Maturity: males 6.5 ft (2 m); females 9-9.5 ft (2.7-2.9 m)

Maximum Size: 13 ft (4 m)

Pups: 4-25

Juvenile Diet: small teleost fishes, squids

Adult Diet: small to large teleosts, elasmobranchs, squids, sea turtles, dolphins

Habitat: Rocky Reefs, Kelp Forests, Coral Reefs, Open Ocean

Swimming Depth: surface to at least 1300 ft (400 m)

Distribution: Arctic, Antarctic, North Pacific, Central Pacific, South Pacific, Temperate Eastern Pacific, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Chilean, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Western North Atlantic, Caribbean, Amazonian, Argentinean, Eastern North Atlantic/Mediterranean, West African, Southern African, Central South Indian, Madagascaran, Arabian, Indian, South East Asian, Western Australian, Southeast Australian/New Zealand, Northern Australian, Japanese waters

Speed: Clocked at 31 miles/hr, potentially as high as 46 miles per hour

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Neil Hammerschlag
Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science Dedicated to advancing marine conservation through research, education and outreach Views my Own