How High Can Mako Sharks Jump ?

How High Can Mako Sharks Jump ?

Mako, being a short fin shark, has a sleek spindle-shaped and long conical snout. The pectoral fin is short and caudal fin is curved. Among the two dorsal fins, the second one is rather small compared to the first one. The slender teeth can be seen even when the shark's mouth is closed. It is considered to be one of the fastest and most powerful sharks in the ocean, and can manage remarkable swimming speed of up to 35 km per hour.

Their incredible swimming speed and a sturdy body structure enables them to jump to great heights. A Mako can sometimes jump two times higher than other sharks. On an average, they can jump up to a height of more than 25-30 feet. This superb quality has made this species a sport fish.

Mako shark, usually known for its short fin, is found everywhere across all the oceans in the world. They reside in temperate and tropical offshore waters. This shark is rarely found in water colder than 16˚C. Although there is no strong evidence available as such regarding the lifespan of these sharks, it is estimated that the average life span of a Mako is not less than 32 years. Makos are able to maintain their bodies’ metabolic temperature up to 7oC to 10oC higher than that of their environment. It is most frequently migrating species that is known to cross the Atlantic and the European waters all year round.  

Mako usually feeds upon bony fish, swordfish, bonitos, and squids. At a certain length of 2.75 m fork length female Mako shark generally becomes sexually mature, while maturity in males comes about 1.85 m fork length. Budding embryos are nourished with the help of unfertilized eggs within the uterus throughout the gestation period of 15 to 18 months. Females generally takes rest for eighteen months after giving birth and before the next batch of eggs are fertilized.

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