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Saltwater Fish Identification

Mako
Isurus oxyrinchus


   
Common Name(s):

Short-fin Mako, Blue Pointer

Description:

The mako shark is one of the most popular sharks in Mid-Atlantic markets. This species is deep blue-gray above, changing along the sides to a snowy white belly. Soon after death, these colors change to dark slate gray above and pale dirty gray below.

Similar Fish:

Porbeagle

Feeding Habits:

Makos eat schooling fish, including tuna, herring, mackerel, swordfish, and porpoise. They are opportunistic feeders, eating just about anything.

Range:

Mako sharks inhabit oceanic tropical and warm, temperate waters in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Caribbean. Off the East Coast, the Atlantic mako is most abundant in warmer areas, but moves northward to southern New England in the summer.

Habitat:

Short-finned Makos are found world-wide in temperate and tropical seas. Makos range from the surface to relatively deep waters. They are pelagic oceanic swimmers, but are occasionally found inshore. In warm, tropical oceans, they swim deep below the surfa

Typical Size:

Mako can reach 12 feet and 1,000 pounds, but more are 5-8 feet long.

World Record:

1221 pounds, 0 ounces (IGFA)


 



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