Close-up view of a Mako Shark in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts of up to 60mph. Of all shark species, they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
Makos are an endothermic shark, meaning that they can generate heat within their bodies. This adaptation allows them to swim into cooler waters to feed on oily fish, giving them great strength and fueling their powerful muscles.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the increasing gloval demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.