The Shortfin Mako Shark.

The shortfin mako is on record as the fastest-swimming shark, capable of bursts of speed up to 18.8 meters per second (68 km/h; 42 mph). It makes it the fifth fastest fish in the sea, with the Black Marlin taking number one at 130km/h.

The species is classified as Endangered by the IUCN and their numbers are declining.

The largest Mako ever recorded was caught in June 2013 off Huntington Beach, California. It was 3.73 m (12.2 feet) long, 600 kg (1,323 lb).

The fastest human Usain Bolt ran 47.52km/h when he broke the 100m record!

The Mako Shark loves warmer waters above 16 degrees Celcius, and have been spotted along our coast.

Have you ever had a personal encounter with the Shortfin Mako Shark?

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