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Shortfin Mako Shark Pictures

Thursday, February 21, 2008

 Shortfin Mako Shark

The Shortfin Mako Shark is built for speed. In short bursts Mako Sharks can exceed speeds of over forty miles per hour, while chasing pelagic bait and gamefish species. They are often seen breaching and flipping through the air, unable to put on the brakes after making an attack run. Although a spectacular animal to see underwater, for me entering the water with a Mako Shark has always been like looking at an aquatic Grim Reaper. Their black eye stares back unblinking, rows of teeth roll out of the always slightly open mouth and ribbons of dark parasitic copepods trail from dorsal and tail.

That said, I hate to see Makos in the local fish counts each summer. A Mako Shark takes years to mature and then only produces small numbers of young each season. They are highly migratory and increasingly targeted in more and more of their range. I fear they will go the way of the Blue Shark off Southern California which has been decimated by long-lining and over fishing.

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ID# SHM-027
Shortfin Mako Shark
species: Isurus oxyrinchus
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