Jessica Harvey's Expedition Notebook
Shortfin Mako Shark Overview
Shortfin mako sharks can live to be more than 30 years old!
Feed on a variety of prey, including fish, squid, and marine mammals.
Live near the surface in tropical and temperate oceans. Juveniles are common in coastal waters, and adults are primarily found offshore. They are highly migratory and capable of swimming long distances across entire oceans.
From coastlines to the open ocean.
Shortfin mako sharks are one of the fastest and most agile species of shark in the world. They are capable of swimming at speeds of up to 60 mph and can jump up to 20 feet out of the water, making them one of the most exciting animals to observe in the wild. However, despite their popularity, shortfin mako sharks are facing numerous threats to their survival, including overfishing and accidental bycatch.
Recent studies have shown that the global population of mako sharks has declined by over 60% in the past few decades, leading them to be considered a vulnerable species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This decline in population is a result of the increasing demand for their meat and fins, which are highly valued in the shark fin trade. In addition, mako sharks are also frequently caught as bycatch in other fishing operations, leading to further declines in their numbers.
In order to help protect these magnificent creatures and ensure their survival for future generations, it is important that we take action to reduce their bycatch and promote sustainable fishing practices. By wearing a QR code bracelet featuring information about mako sharks and their current state, you can raise awareness about the importance of conservation and help to protect this amazing species.
So wear your QR code bracelet with pride and become an advocate for mako shark conservation today!
Protect the Speedster of the Sea
Join the conservation effort and purchase a Guy Harvey x LOKAI bracelet to support our vital research and education programs that protect shortfin mako sharks!
The Guy Harvey Foundation along with the Guy Harvey Research institute at Nova Southeastern University have tagged over 310 Sharks in 8 Different Countries
The Guy Harvey Foundation has partnered with various organizations to develop a comprehensive curriculum for K-12 students highlighting the importance of mako sharks.