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Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)
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Taxonomic name: Isurus oxyrinchus
A clear look at a Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) quickly picks
up the snaggle-toothed gape, long conical snout, large black eyes and
the metallic indigo blue colour on the back fading down the sides to a
white belly and a tail with almost symmetrical lobes. This species can
be found anywhere off Australia except for the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Anglers count the Mako as a prize catch since their fighting ability is
enhanced by spectacular aerial leaps. It is feared to some extent around
boats as it has been recorded attacking and damaging craft, an event possibly
encouraged by berley and/or electrical fields sensed around metal in the
water. On the other hand, Mako Sharks have been hand fed in the open by
divers and there are no documented unprovoked attacks on humans. This
fast-swimming shark eats speedy prey, such as tuna and billfish, with
larger specimens also feeding on dolphins.