Shortfin mako shark

Speed and power embodied, they rule the seas with their sleek bodies and jaw-dropping leaping prowess

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Shortfin mako sharks, often heralded as the ocean’s speed demons, are esteemed as some of the fastest swimmers, reaching astounding speeds of up to 72 km/h (45 mph). Their body, resembling a torpedo, is perfectly adapted for high-speed navigation through the ocean’s depths, aided by their crescent-shaped tail and expansive pectoral fins, which ensure exceptional hydrodynamics.

These sharks are not just built for speed; they are also equipped with a set of jaws that strike terror into the hearts of their prey. Filled with sharp, serrated teeth, shortfin mako sharks are formidable hunters, specializing in capturing fast-swimming prey like tuna and swordfish. Their streamlined physique and powerful bite make them efficient and deadly predators in the marine food chain.

One of the most captivating behaviors exhibited by shortfin mako sharks is their breathtaking breaching displays. These sharks are renowned for their astonishing leaps out of the water, propelling themselves high into the air before crashing back down into the ocean’s depths. While the precise reasons for this behavior remain partially enigmatic, it is believed to serve multiple purposes. Breaching may aid in hunting by allowing them to surprise and ambush prey from below. It could also serve as a means of communication or a method to dislodge parasites that cling to their skin.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Atlantic Ocean
2018
Indian Ocean
2018
Pacific Ocean
2018
Mediterranean Sea
2018
Black Sea
2018
Gulf of Mexico
2018
Albania
2018
Algeria
2018
American Samoa
2018
Angola
2018
Anguilla
2018
Antigua & Barbuda
2018
Argentina
2018
Aruba
2018
Australia
2018
Bahamas
2018
Bangladesh
2018
Barbados
2018
Belize
2018
Benin
2018
Bermuda
2018
Bonaire
2018
Brazil
2018
British Virgin Is.
2018
Brunei
2018
Cambodia
2018
Cameroon
2018
Canada
2018
Cape Verde
2018
Cayman Islands
2018
Chile
2018
Easter Is.
China
2018
Christmas Island
2018
Cocos Is. (Keeling)
2018
Colombia
2018
Congo-Brazzaville
2018
Cook Islands
2018
Costa Rica
2018
Croatia
2018
Cuba
2018
Curaçao
2018
Cyprus
2018
Côte D’ivoire
2018
Dominica
2018
Dominican Republic
2018
East Timor
2018
Ecuador
2018
Egypt
2018
El Salvador
2018
Equatorial Guinea
2018
Eritrea
2018
Fiji
2018
France
2018
French Guiana
2018
French Polynesia
2018
Gabon
2018
Gambia
2018
Ghana
2018
Gibraltar
2018
Greece
2018
Grenada
2018
Guadeloupe
2018
Guam
2018
Guatemala
2018
Guinea-Bissau
2018
Guinea
2018
Guyana
2018
Haiti
2018
Honduras
2018
India
2018
Andaman Is., Nicobar Is.
Indonesia
2018
Iran
2018
Ireland
2018
Israel
2018
Italy
2018
Jamaica
2018
Japan
2018
Kenya
2018
Kiribati
2018
Korea
2018
Liberia
2018
Libya
2018
Macao
2018
Madagascar
2018
Malaysia
2018
Maldives
2018
Malta
2018
Marshall Islands
2018
Martinique
2018
Mauritania
2018
Mauritius
2018
Mexico
2018
Micronesia
2018
Montenegro
2018
Montserrat
2018
Morocco
2018
Mozambique
2018
Myanmar
2018
Namibia
2018
Nauru
2018
Navassa Island
2018
New Caledonia
2018
New Zealand
2018
Nicaragua
2018
Nigeria
2018
Niue
2018
Norfolk Island
2018
Nort. Mariana Is.
2018
North Korea
2018
Norway
2018
Oman
2018
Pakistan
2018
Palau
2018
Panama
2018
Papua New Guinea
2018
Peru
2018
Philippines
2018
Pitcairn
2018
Portugal
2018
Puerto Rico
2018
Main Island
Russia
2018
Réunion
2018
Saint Barthélemy
2018
Saint Helena
2018
Saint Lucia
2018
Saint Martin
2018
French Part
Saint Vincent
2018
Samoa
2018
Saudi Arabia
2018
Senegal
2018
Seychelles
2018
Sierra Leone
2018
Singapore
2018
Sint Maarten
2018
Dutch Part
Solomon Islands
2018
Somalia
2018
South Africa
2018
Spain
2018
Sri Lanka
2018
St. Kitts & Nevis
2018
Sudan
2018
Suriname
2018
São Tomé & Príncipe
2018
Taiwan
2018
Tanzania
2018
Thailand
2018
Tokelau
2018
Tonga
2018
Trinidad & Tobago
2018
Tunisia
2018
Turkey
2018
Turks & Caicos
2018
Tuvalu
2018
US Virgin Islands
2018
United Kingdom
2018
US Minor Is.
2018
United States
2018
Hawaiian Is., Aleutian Is.
Uruguay
2018
Vanuatu
2018
Venezuela
2018
Vietnam
2018
Wallis & Futuna
2018
Yemen
2018

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No