Mako Shark Isurus oxyrinchus

Mako shark
Mako shark

Distribution: The mako shark is an offshore species found in tropical and warm temperate seas in waters generally over 16oC and occurring from the surface to depths of at least 150m.

Size: Maximum size up to around 4m in length.

Characteristics: The mako has a spindle-shaped body with a long, acutely conical snout and large blade-like teeth that lack serrations and are always visible. The pectoral fins have narrow tips, the first dorsal fin is large and the second pivoting and minute. There are strong keels on the tail wrist and the tail is lunate or crescent shaped. These fish are dark indigo-blue dorsally, have light blue flanks and a white underside that extends to the underside of the snout.

Confusing species: Similar in colour to the blue shark.