Shortfin Mako Shark Swimming Off the Coast of California
Picture by: Mark Conlin Picture taken on: May 25th, 2011
Shortfin mako sharks are epipelagic and found in warm-temperate and tropical seas worldwide; in the eastern Pacific from Chile to the Columbia River; juveniles are also common in neritic waters. Shortfin mako sharks are found within the U.S. West Coast EEZ from the U.S.-Mexico border northward to Washington, but are most common off California. Much of the U.S. West Coast catch is comprised of juvenile fish with some adult-sized males; adult females are rarely taken. When large specimens are caught, they usually occur around the Channel Islands and outer banks of the Southern California Bight in late summer. The maximum reported size for mako sharks off the U.S. West Coast is about 11.5 feet, however the more average size is 6-7 feet.
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