The Mako Shark (Isurus sp.) exhibits remarkable variations in both shortfin and longfin species. The shortfin mako can grow up to 4 meters in length and weigh a staggering 570 kg. Adult specimens typically measure around 2.5 to 3.2 meters in length and weigh between 135 and 230 kg. This species displays sexual dimorphism, with females generally being larger than males.
The longfin mako shark closely resembles its shortfin counterpart, but possesses distinct characteristics such as larger pectoral fins, dark coloration around the mouth, and larger eyes. Shortfin makos are commonly found in offshore temperate and tropical seas across the globe, while the closely related longfin makos are typically observed in the Gulf Stream or warmer offshore waters like New Zealand and Maine.
These pelagic creatures inhabit depths ranging from the surface to 150 meters, often far from the shore but occasionally venturing closer to islands, inlets, or coastal areas. Notably, the Mako Shark is one of the few known endothermic shark species, capable of maintaining a body temperature higher than the surrounding water. It tends to avoid waters colder than 16°C.
While recorded human encounters with Mako Sharks are rare, it's important to note that large specimens can pose a potential threat. Exercise caution and respect when observing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
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