SHORTFIN MAKO SHARK

isurus oxyrinchus

Facts

Scientific Name - Isurus oxyrinchus
Conservation Status - Endangered
Location - Worldwide
Diet - Mainly fish and squid.
Colour - Blue/Purple/White
Size - Up to 4m
Weight - Up to 450kg
Life Expectancy - Up to 32 years

Shortfin Mako Sharks are truly built for speed. A long pointed snout and streamlined body make them incredibly hydrodynamic. Plus they have a powerful crescent-shaped tail that propels them through the water. Shark skin is covered with millions of tiny teeth-like scales called dermal denticles, which point backwards to reduce surface drag.

Makos also have ‘flexible scales’ on the parts of their body that experience the most flow – such as the edges of their pectoral fins. These ‘bristle’, helping to push water over their body more efficiently.

HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT?

Fastest Shark

WHAT DANGERS DO THEY FACE?

Threats