5 Interesting Facts About Shortfin Makos

Shortfin Mako Shark

Here is a shortfin mako looking for his lunch

This is the third post in my series about fast animals.  Today I want to write about a very fast swimmer, the shortfin mako.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These guys grow up to 4 metres long and can weigh up to 570 kg.
  2. They have a streamlined body and large tail, enabling them to cruise the sea at 35 kph, with bursts of up to 80 kph, making them the fastest shark in the ocean.  Swimming at such a high speed gives shortfin makos the ability to leap up to 6 metres out of the water.  That would be cool to see!
  3. The eggs of baby shortfin makos hatch inside their mum and the young sharks eat unfertilised or undeveloped eggs before being born.  They give birth to 4-25 young at a time.
  4. Adult shortfin makos eat a wide range of fishes, including swordfish, tuna, mackerel, other sharks (including hammerheads), squid and tea turtles.
  5. They are found in tropical and temperate waters around the world and are considered vulnerable to extinction due to over fishing.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about shortfin makos?

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