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Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)

Shortfin Mako Shark (Isurus oxyrinchus)

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Order: Lamniformes
Family: Lamnidae
Genus: Isurus
Species: oxyrinchus
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.

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