Female Mako Shark

Fun Facts

Image courtesy of Tom O’Brien

By Tom O’Brien

The Mako Shark, also called Isurus, is an incredible and extremely fast beast. Today, there are only two living species of Mako remaining.

They are called the Longfin Makos and the Shortfin Makos. The largest is the Longfin with a length of about 4.5 meters (14ft) and adults weigh in around 170 kilograms (375 pounds). Shortfin sharks are usually about half this size and weight. Both species are easily identified due to their strange (and mean looking) teeth. These teeth are visible even when their mouths are closed. For simple identification, the Mako tends to look like a smaller version of the Great White Shark.