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Mako Sharks

Written By macky on Monday, June 11, 2012 | 1:30 AM


Mako sharks took new sizes and intelligence variables in the 1999 action/sci-fi thriller Deep Blue Sea which starred Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows and Samuel L Jackson. In the movie, researchers dealt with genetically modified mako sharks in a contained research facility which was dedicated in finding a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

The plot took an interesting turn when three of the genetically modified – now bigger, faster and smarter – makos escaped from their enclosures, leading to a story where the once captors were now escaping from the captive sharks.
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Though the mako sharks in Deep Blue Sea were comparably as large as Great Whites, mako sharks in real life aren’t exactly known for their gigantic size, but their link with human shark attacks is quite famed as their intelligence and speed is also one which many seafarers have heard about in one point in time.

In fact, the mako shark’s reputation for speed and intelligence was what made it the “star” in Deep Blue Sea, which looked into how potentially dangerous the mako shark is if it were actually bigger in size.

Highly migratory as a species, mako sharks are predatory, oftentimes following a prey’s life cycle and attacking particularly when a prey is vulnerable.

Given how limited knowledge about them is, inaccurate estimations of the mako’s lifecycle peg them to live as long as 32 years when talking about female makos, as males tend to live as long as 29 years. They could grow as large as 260cm for males and 335cm for females, based on the same study conducted by Natanson et al. in 2006.

As predators, they tend to swim under or beneath their prey, lurking away from a prey’s line of sight, then burst upwards in attack.

Silent, fast and smart, makos are often encountered in tropical and offshore temperate waters in different parts of the world, and if you do have plans of a snorkeling or scuba diving trip, it’d be best to ask if mako sharks are known to prowl in the locations you intend to spend your water-adventures in. 
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