Shortfin Mako Shark§ §

species: Isurus oxyrinchus
classification: cartilaginous fish
habitat: open ocean
feeding habits: mainly bluefish, some squid, octopus, swordfish
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Range: Tropical and temperate oceans

Serving Suggestion
Recipe for Mako Shark with Anchovy and Caper Sauce

Nutritional information: high in protein, some heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids; like other top predators, may accumulate mercury and other persistent contaminants

Commercial information: matures at about 6 feet (2 m); extremely sensitive to fishing pressure because of slow reproductive rate
photo © Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services