The Shortfin Mako shark
If you see a Shortfin Mako shark in a public aquarium, the first thing that you will observe in
this shark species is the fact that they swim with their mouth open as if they can't close it due to their
This specie is often encountered by sport fishermen as one of their favorite preys are billfish
such as Marlins and Swordfish. In fact, some fishermen have been injured as a Mako shark was either hooked on their
fishing line or jumped into their boat. Their taste for Billfish also left some scars on several specimens of this
Despite their smaller site, their power and aggressive behavior have been resulting in shark
attacks on humans, which caused some fatalities as well. Because of these facts, the Shortfin Mako shark has been
listed amongst other dangerous sharks such as the Great White shark, the Bull shark and the Tiger shark.
Here are now some other shark facts regarding the Shortfin Mako shark. The maximal length of this
shark species is 3.8 m while its weight can reach up to 570 kg. Its scientific name is Isurus Oxyrinchus and it
belongs to the order of the Lamniformes.
The Shortfin Mako shark is known worldwide but is mostly seen offshore in temperate waters but can
also be occasionally seen in deeper waters. This shark specie's diet is mainly composed of fish such as tuna,
billfish and sharks.
The Mako shark is ovoviviparous, which means that eggs
hatch in the uterus than live pups will be born during the delivery. This shark species is also known to feed in
utero on their under developed and weaker siblings. Each litter will contain between five and ten pups.
If you wish to learn more about various types of sharks, I encourage you to visit the main page of
this site: Types of sharks.