Mako sharks prey on a wide variety of pelagic fishes, including mackerels, herrings and salmon. Examination of specific populations from Cape Hatteras to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland indicates that the bluefish is preferred by the shortfin mako.
Shortfin makos average around 10 feet in length and weigh between 132 to 298 pounds, although specimens approaching 15 feet and weighing over 2,000 pounds are documented. The shortfin mako has a streamlined body capable of reaching speed bursts of up to 46 mph. The shortfin mako is a prized game fish due to its unrivaled speed among sharks and its penchant for performing leaps of approximately 30 feet into the air.