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This Mackerel shark is thought to be the fastest shark in the oceans regularly cruising at 35 kms/hour and reaching bursts of 80 kms/hr. Their bodies are highly hydrodynamic with a long, conical snout. They are an intense deep purple colour on top passing to silver on the sides and white on the underparts. They reach a maximum length of 4 metres and 500 kgs in weight.

Shortfin Mako are pelagic often following the warmer offshore currents as they do in the South African Cape Province in our summer months (October to the end of April). Their diet consist of Cephalopods (octopus, squid) and bony fish. The spiked non serrated teeth of the juvenile gain larger, broader, triangulated teeth in older animals enabling them to take large billfish, dolphins, mackerels and tuna.

As with the Great White shark, the Shortfin Mako has a 'heat exchange' circulatory system which allows it to keep it's major 'power' muscles several degrees above the surrounding water temperature enabling the great bursts of underwater speed and it's legendary 9 metre leeps out of the water.

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