The mako shark is silver around the sides and white under its snout and mouth. With its seemingly lifeless eyes and terrifyingly sharp teeth the Mako has been known to stalk its prey at With its seemingly lifeless eyes and terrifyingly sharp teeth the Mako has been known to stalk its prey at lightning speeds of almost 100kmh - and has even been known to attack humans.lightning speeds of almost 100kmh - and has even been known to attack humans.
HOW BIG DOES IT GROW
The mako shark can grow to about 4.5 meters (14 ft).
What other things apart from fish do they eat
The mako shark feeds mainly upon cephalopods and bony fish including mackerels,tunas, bonitos, and swordfish, but it may also eat other sharks, porpoises, sea turtles, and seabirds.
How long does it grow to?
The mako shark grows to an average full-grown length of 1.82–3.2 m. The lifespan of a Mako Shark is from 28 to 35 years. As with many other sharks, it appears this species is living longer as time progresses.
How sharp are their teeth?
They have thin, sharp teeth that are ideal for catching and gripping slippery fish. They hunt by lunging vertically up and tearing off chunks of their preys' flanks and fins.
Where do mako sharks live?
A mako shark lives in warm and temperate waters between 50 degrees north and 50 degrees south. Mako Sharks can also be found near Australia and New Zealand.
How fast are they?
Mako sharks is the fastest known shark species. It normally swims at the speed of 35 miles per hour, but it can accelerate to the speed of 60 miles per hour during the hunt.
What do mako shark weigh?
The Mako shark can get up to a weight of 240kg as an adult. Plus female sharks are bigger than male mako sharks.
How far can they leap out of the water?
Mako sharks are able to leap 20 to 30 feet out of the water.
There are only two species of Mako shark left in the world today so we need to look after them in New Zealand waters.