@Regranned from @natgeo - Photo by @BrianSkerry.
A Mako Shark dives, open-mouthed, at photographer Brian Skerry in the waters off of New Zealand. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of speed bursts up to 60mph. Of all shark species they also have one of the largest brains, relative to body size.
The numbers of Makos have declined worldwide due to overfishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable, but their population continues to spiral downwards.
Learn more about Makos in the August issue of National Geographic Magazine, @NatGeo, which includes a feature story about these impressive animals
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The short fin mako shark is the fastest shark and has been recorded at upwards of 40mph, yet it cannot out swim the fishing boats targeting this species. Makos are caught for meat, fins and sport by commercial and recreational fishermen and there are currently no catch limits for this species in the top mako fishing countries (Spain and Portugal included). The US has catch limits, but it's not enough to safeguard this highly migratory species. Conservation groups are now calling for national and international protections based on new scientific data assessments that find the Noryh Atlantic population has been depleted and is continuing to be seriously overfished.