The shortfin mako shark is a highly migratory shark found in all temperate and tropical ocean waters around the world¹. Like other members of the Lamnidae family, it is regionally endothermic (warm-blooded), allowing it to maintain high activity levels in cold waters.
With a top speed of 75 km/h, the mako shark is the fastest shark and one of the fastest fish in the world.
In Atlantic Canada and Quebec, it is sometimes confused with the white shark or the porbeagle shark.
¹ Jensen, C., L. Natanson, H.L. Pratt Jr, N.E. Kohler, and S.E. Campana. 2002. The reproductive biology of the porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) in the western North Atlantic Ocean. Fishery Bulletin 100(4):727-738.
Scientific name: Isurus oxyrinchus
Common names: Shortfin mako, blue pointer, mackerel shark, blue dynamite.
Mi’kmaw names: Sabbede-mequ, siglati, tan booskekŭlooskăbāwit’, webetŭmâk’, wipitmeqw.
French common names: Requin-taupe bleu, requin mako.