Longfin mako shark - Isurus paucus
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
This shark’s snout is not as pointed as that of the short fin mako shark. Its pectoral fins are as long as its head and relatively broad-tipped.
At birth, the shark is 3.2 to 3.9 ft [97 to120 cm] in length, and matures when it is just under 8 ft [245 cm]. Its maximum length is 13.7 ft [417 cm].
Poorly known. Possibly epipelagic in deepwater in the open ocean.
The shark is in oceanic and tropical regions, probably world-wide (though poorly recorded). It is common in the western Atlantic and possibly the central Pacific; but rare elsewhere.
General – Warm-bodied shark.
Prey – Feeds on fishes and squid.
Reproduction – Litters of 2-8 pups.
Poorly known. May be a slower swimmer than the Shortfin mako shark - Isurus-oxyrinchus.
Presumed vulnerable to fisheries and likely depleted. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed this species as vulnerable due to its rarity, low reproductive rate, and continuing bycatch mortality.