About This Fish

Mako Shark

Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) is a cartilaginous fish which belongs to family Lamnidae under Order Lamniformes of Class Elasmobranchii. It is also known as aka makos, blue pointers, mackerel sharks, blue dynamites, bonitos, spriglios, palomas. It is found around the world in warm and temperate seas, in the Pacific from Oregon to Chile, and juvenile is common in southern California during the summer months. It is pelagic oceanic swimmer which occurs from the surface to relatively deep waters.

The mako shark is a sleek spindle shaped shark with a long conical snout. It has a dark bluish grey back, silvery sides and a white belly. The underside of the snout and the area around the mouth are white. This shark has short pectoral fins and a crescent shaped caudal fin. A distinct caudal keel is present on the base of caudal fin. It`s second dorsal fin is much smaller than the first. It has five large gill slits, well-developed eyes and pronounced knife-like non-serrated teeth. It feeds mainly on cephalopods, bony fishes including mackerels, tunas, bonitos, and swordfish, but it may also eat other sharks, porpoises, sea turtles, and seabirds. It is a very fast swimmer which can swim up to 74 km per hour. Mako shark s reach sexual maturity when they are 7-8 years old. Mako shark is a yolk-sac ovoviviparous which gives birth to live young. On average, female produces 10 -12 pups in each litter and they are about 60 cm long at birth. It grows up to 3.9 m in length and 450 kg in weight. It can live up to 45 years.