Shortfin Mako Shark

Shortfin mako shark

Isurus oxyrinchus

The shortfin mako shark is also known as the blue pointer or bonito shark and is a rare visitor to the Aliwal Shoal reef system. They are the fastest swimming shark in the ocean reaching speeds of upto 70 km/h! An average adult specimen measures around 3.2 m in length,

although they can grow as large as 3.8 meters. These sharks can weigh as much as 500+ kg but are on average 60-135 kg. The species is sexually dimorphic, with females being larger than males. They inhabit offshore temperate and tropical seas worldwide and are found on the surface to approximately 150 meters.

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