Mako Sharks Location and prey
Mako Sharks can be located almost anywhere in the world’s oceans. Mako can be found near the surface and up to depths of 150 m (490 ft), occasionally coming close to shore or around islands. They are very seldom found in waters colder than 16 degrees Celsius (61 Fahrenheit).
The Shortfin feeds on tuna, mackerel, bonitos and even swordfish. They also feed on sea birds, porpoises, sea turtles and other sharks. Vertical lunges are used to tear off chunks from the prey, consuming 3% of their body weight every day. Mako has been found with broken off swordfish bills impaled in their heads or gills, making the swordfish a dangerous prey.
The average adult measures around 3.2 meters (10ft) in length and can weigh 60 – 135 kg (132 – 298 lb). The females are typically larger than the males. The largest ever caught by fishing line weighed 600 kg’s (1300 lbs). The Shortfin is capable of speed bursts of 18 – 19 meters per second (68 kph or 42 mph), making it the fastest-swimming of the species. This also allows for jumps out of the water up to 9 meters (30 ft).