Also known as the grey-blue shark, the mako shark consists of a pair of species known as the shortfin mako shark and longfin mako shark, the latter considered to be the rarer of the two. Both of these species of fish can range in length from eight feet to just over fourteen feet and they can weigh more than 1,700 pounds. The mako shark also shares a relation to the fearsome great white shark.
While not quite the natural speedster as some of the other fish that we’ve previously talked about, the mako shark can still cruise along the open seas at nearly forty miles per hour. Interestingly, it cannot maintain buoyancy without constantly swimming due to a lack of a swim bladder. They are also known for their tremendous jumping ability, reaching just over 20 feet into the air. They are easily recognized by their colors which consist of a dark blue in the upper part of the body and white colored belly.
A mako shark’s teeth are visible at all times even when the shark’s mouth is closed. These teeth are thin, long, and sharp and have a slight tilt. As meat eaters, the mako shark prefers to snack on fish such as tuna and mackerel and will even chomp down on birds that happen to be resting on the water’s surface. The shark will swim over thirty miles a day to find something to eat.
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