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The shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, is a beautiful shark with a sleek spindle shape, a long conical snout,  short pectoral fins and a crescent shaped caudal fin. Shortfin makos have striking coloring with deep purple to indigo dorsal surfaces, silvery sides, and white ventral surfaces. The name mako is a Maori word. Other names commonly attributed include blue pointer, mackerel shark, blue dynamite, bonito, spriglio, and paloma.

The shortfin mako is a pelagic species found in offshore temperate and tropical seas worldwide, normally far from land, from the surface down to nearly 500 feet. The closely related longfin mako shark, Isurus paucus, is found in warmer offshore waters, while the shortfin mako will swim lower in warmer oceans, preferring the slightly cooler waters. Mako sharks are the fastest swimming sharks, some estimate their speed at up to 60 miles an hour, more conservative estimates say 40 miles an hour. Shortfin makos are renowned for their ability to leap out of the water.

Short-finned makos average six to ten  feet  in length and weigh up to 900 pounds, but have been known as large as 12 feet,  with a weight of 2,000 pounds. They have a more rapid growth rate than other shark species, and are thought to live between 10 to 20 years old. Females are thought to have a longer life span and grow larger than the males.

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, Cape Point, Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, juvenile about three feet long, San Diego, California, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Illustration of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, leaping

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, La Jolla, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, California, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, South Africa

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, female accompanied by pilot fish, small patch of copepod parasites on shark's flank, King Bank, New Zealand, South Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Illustration of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, attacking swordfish, Xiphias gladius

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, La Jolla, California, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, Cape Point, Cape Town, South Africa, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, open ocean off La Jolla, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, with parasitic copepods, off San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Illustration of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, with parasitic copepods, off San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, San Diego, California, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, San Diego, California, Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, with parasitic copepods, off San Diego, California, East Pacific Ocean

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