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The shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, is a prized “game” fish. Shortfin makos are renowned for their speed and their ability to leap out of the water, leaps of up to 28 feet have been recorded, and due to its speed and agility, this high-leaping fish is sought as “game” worldwide. The mako is also fished commercially. In some areas this shark has been wrongly blamed for the depletion of commercial fishing stocks such as mackerel and tuna,

The shortfin mako shark's power, teeth, and speed, make it a danger to humans. Shortfin makos are responsible for a number of both nonfatal and fatal attacks on humans. Shortfin makos frequently damage boats and injure fishermen after being hooked. Most attacks happen when the shark is caught on the end of a fishing line. Cases have been documented where an angry mako will jump out of the water and into the boat after it has been caught on the hook.

The shortfin mako shark does not survive in captivity. The longest time one lived in captivity was in 2001 at the New Jersey Aquarium, and it lived for only five days. The shark appeared strong upon arrival but had trouble negotiating the walls of the aquarium, refused to feed, and rapidly weakened and died.

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, showing release using Burns Salt Water Release Stick, Redondo Beach, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Image of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, "sport" fisherman holding pup, Redondo Beach, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, being gaffed by "sport" fisherman, Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, hanging in restaurant, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a shark tag, "sport" fisherman tag blue and mako sharks with California Department of Fish & Game issued tags, Los Angeles, California, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, being gaffed by "sport" fisherman, Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, hooked during "sport" fishing, San Diego, California, Pacific

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, hooked during "sport" fishing, San Diego, California, Pacific

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, "sport" fishing Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Pacific

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Illustration of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, shark tournament, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, "sport" fishing Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Pacific

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, hooked on wire line during "sport" fishing, Redondo Beach, California, East Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, being gaffed by "sport" fisherman, Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of shark tag, "sport" fisherman tag blue and mako sharks with California Department of Fish & Game issued tags, Los Angeles, California, Pacific Ocean

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

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, tagging, California, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, tagging, California, Pacific Ocean

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

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Stock photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, leaps to surface, "sport" fishing, Redondo Beach, California, Pacific

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Photo of a shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, tagging, California, Pacific Ocean

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