One of the most exciting fish to catch off the waters of Venice, LA is the mako shark, giving a spectacular show of acrobatic flips, fast runs, and a fight you wouldn’t believe. We’ve provided interesting facts about this fascinating creature. Check it out….
There are two kinds of mako sharks – shortfin and longfin. Shortfin mako sharks are bluish on top with blue coloration around the eyes. Longfin mako sharks are dark blue or grayish black on top with dark coloration around the eyes.
Makos are among the fastest species of shark traveling at speeds up to 25 mph with bursts up 60 mph. It also holds the world record for fastest long distance travel – approximately 1,300 hundred miles in just 37 days!
Makos get air! They can leap up to 30 feet in the air and have been known to jump into a boat after being hooked.
Mako sharks are cousins of the great white shark. Both belong to the Lamnidae family and have large teeth – the lower teeth being especially large and pointed which show even when their mouths are closed.
The average size of an adult mako is 10 feet in length and weighs between 132 to 298 pounds, females being the larger size. The largest mako caught on hook-and-line was an astonishing 1,300 pounds, caught off the coast of California in June 2013. The longest length caught on record was over 14 feet, caught in 1973 in France. A specimen caught off the coast of Italy in 1881 reportedly weighed 2,200 pounds and measured 13 feet in length.
The shortfin mako has been known to attack humans! They can be pretty aggressive and do not like people swimming around them. Between 1980 and 2010, there were 42 unprovoked attacks, three of which were fatal. There are currently no longfin mako shark attacks on record (that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be cautious!).
Shortfin mako sharks have a large brain-to-body ratio, making them an intelligent creature that learns fast and adapts quickly to different circumstances. For instance, they can easily detect when they are being threatened, making them a dangerous creature given their size and aggressive behavior.
They travel long distances to seek prey and feed mainly on cephalopods and bony fish including mackerels, tuna, bonitos, and swordfish. They’ve also been known to eat other shark species, porpoises, sea turtles, and seabirds. Mako sharks swim below their prey so they can quickly attack without being noticed.
Mako sharks are prized for their meat, especially in New England where it is often found in grocery stores.
They are a pelagic species typically found offshore near the surface or at a range of depths up to 490 feet. When caught, expect a fight from this worthy component!
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