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Massive 11 Foot Shark’s Relatives

Makozilla's vicious teeth. Image screenshot on: Up Close With a Grander Mako Shark | Shark Week. Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Discovery.

Shark Week 2024 introduces the search for another Mako giant roaming in the oceans. The Pacific shortfin mako shark stands out as one of the ocean’s most extraordinary inhabitants. With their powerful agility and widespread distribution, these sharks play a crucial role in marine ecosystems. Learning more about them can help drive conservation efforts and ensure their survival.

“Makozilla” Discovery

Makozilla’s vicious teeth. Image screenshot on: Up Close With a Grander Mako Shark | Shark Week. Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Discovery.

Recently, scientists have been studying exceptionally large shortfin makos, nicknamed “Makozilla.” These sharks are much bigger than the average shortfin mako. Researchers are trying to understand why they grow so large.

Research and Tracking

Makozilla under water. Image screenshot on: Up Close With a Grander Mako Shark | Shark Week. Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Discovery.

Scientists use various methods to study these sharks. They tag and track them to learn about their movements and behaviors. This research helps in understanding and protecting the species. Shark Week creates a platform for this kind of research to be made public.

From Where Is The Search Inspired?

Image screenshot on: GIANT Mako Shark Attacks My Camera While Filming for Shark Week 2024! Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Ultimate Predator Productions.

In 2013, the massive mako shark known as “The Beast” was sighted off the coast of California. Anglers in the region caught a huge mako shark that measured 11 feet (3.3 meters) in length. One of the heaviest mako sharks ever measured, “The Beast” weighed over 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms). Watch this video to see the first discovery.

Introduction to Pacific Shortfin Mako Sharks

Makozilla snatching a fish. Image screenshot on: Up Close With a Grander Mako Shark | Shark Week. Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Discovery.

The Pacific shortfin mako shark is an incredible creature. It’s known for its speed and agility in the ocean. Let’s dive into some fascinating details about this remarkable shark.

Speed and Agility

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Shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus). Mark Conlin, SWFSC Large Pelagics Program, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The shortfin mako shark is the fastest shark in the world. It can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. This speed helps it catch prey and evade predators.

Physical Characteristics

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Image screenshot on: GIANT Mako Shark Attacks My Camera While Filming for Shark Week 2024! Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Ultimate Predator Productions.

These sharks have a sleek, streamlined body. Their skin is smooth and metallic blue. They have long, pointed snouts and large, sharp teeth.

Diet and Hunting

Makozilla under water. Image screenshot on: Up Close With a Grander Mako Shark | Shark Week. Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Discovery.

These sharks are carnivorous. They feed on a variety of fish, squid, and other sharks. Their speed and agility make them effective hunters.

Lifespan and Growth

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Mako Shark in the water. “https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Isurus_oxyrinchus_by_mark_conlin.jpg”, Mark Conlin, SWFSC Large Pelagics Program, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Shortfin makos can live up to 30 years. They grow quickly in the first few years of life. Males mature at about 7 to 9 years, while females mature at around 18 years.

Threats and Conservation

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Image screenshot on: GIANT Mako Shark Attacks My Camera While Filming for Shark Week 2024! Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Ultimate Predator Productions.

These sharks face various threats, including fishing and habitat loss. They are often caught as bycatch in commercial fisheries. Conservation efforts are crucial to protect their populations. Watch this full video to see how it tries to attack a camera man under water.

Final Thoughts

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Image screenshot on: GIANT Mako Shark Attacks My Camera While Filming for Shark Week 2024! Source: Youtube. Uploaded: Ultimate Predator Productions.

The Pacific shortfin mako shark is a fascinating and important species. Learning about these sharks helps us appreciate the diversity of marine life. Protecting them ensures the health of our oceans for future generations.

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