The Shortfin Mako Shark, may be found in oceans around the globe. The name ‘Mako’ originally came from the Maori language of New Zealand, meaning either ‘shark’ or ‘shark tooth’. This apex predator is a brilliant metallic blue in colour with a distinct white underside, allowing it to camouflage itself when hunting. Prey may include fish, other Sharks, Sea Turtles, Seals, and even Sea Birds. A Mako Shark will hunt from below, before lunging vertically upwards to tear chunks off their prey before they have even been noticed.
The Mako can reach speeds of up to 70 kph (43 mph) due to its streamlined nose and high body temperature, making it the fastest shark species. An average adult specimen will measure 1.5 – 2.5 m (5 – 8 ft) in length, however, larger examples have been caught measuring just under 4 m (13 ft) and weighing 600 kg (1,300 lb).
Mako Sharks will travel thousands of kilometres to seek a mate. They are aggressive predators who will not hesitate to attack when their territory is invaded or they are provoked. There have even been instances of Sharks biting and battering boats.
Mako Sharks can leap up to 6 m (20 ft) out of the water into the air.