This sculpture of a mako shark is 3 meters long and contains approximately 1.800 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The shortfin mako shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, is the fastest sharks, clocking speeds of up to 70 km/h. It is widespread in temperate and tropical waters of all oceans, including the Mediterranean Sea.

It is a large and highly mobile top predator, capable to migrate long distances across wide areas. Due to their overlapping habitat with commercially important fishes, makos have high encounter rates with fisheries, ending up as bycatch.

There are no data available on the absolute global population size, but this species is listed globally as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, and at Mediterranean level as Critically Endangered.

Main threats include being the targeted and incidental fishing. A regional population decline of at least 80% over 75 years is inferred for the shortfin mako in Mediterranean waters.

A vast improvement in the collection of data is required and effective conservation of this species will require international agreements. Fishing pressure must be considerably decreased, catch limits, measures to enhance chances of survival after capture and when released.

 

References:

 

Rigby, C.L., Barreto et al. 2019. Isurus oxyrinchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T39341A2903170.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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