A pair of North Atlantic mako sharks tagged by researchers studying their migratory patterns seem to have an affinity for each other — and, lately, the Carolinas coast. Researchers at the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern Universi McClatchy Guy Harvey Research Institute
A pair of North Atlantic mako sharks tagged by researchers studying their migratory patterns seem to have an affinity for each other — and, lately, the Carolinas coast. Researchers at the Guy Harvey Research Institute at Nova Southeastern Universi McClatchy Guy Harvey Research Institute

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A 255-lb ‘apex predator’ mako shark is lingering off NC’s Outer Banks

February 07, 2018 06:17 AM

A 255-pound mako shark that is nearly 7-feet long has spent the past week off the North Carolina coast, prowling along the Outer Banks. Makos are defined as apex predators and can get up to 1,000 pounds.

Tracking by researchers last showed the shark in the waters off Corolla Friday, Feb. 9, at 4:41 p.m. It first pinged off North Carolina in mid December and has lately been moving north along the Outer Banks, according to OCEARCH.

Passengers on a fishing boat received quite the surprise earlier this month when a massive mako shark jumped aboard and became stuck. The incident happened off the coast of Long Island on July 6, according to Newsflare. Video shows the shark thras McClatchyAP

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The shark, a male named Yinzer, was tagged in November by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has traveled nearly 4,000 miles since being tagged off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

It is 6-feet, 10-inches long and currently weighs about as much as the average refrigerator. Makos can grow up to 12-feet long, according to the University of Florida. They are considered the fastest of sharks, clocking speeds of 20 mph. Makos are currently listed as a vulnerable species, due to its popularity with sport fishing, says the university.

They are aggressive alpha predators (also known as apex predators) and have the ability to jump out of the water.

“The short fin mako’s power, aggressiveness, teeth and great speed, make it a danger to humans,” says the Florida Museum of Natural History. “Short fin makos have been blamed for a number of nonfatal and fatal attacks on humans. Divers who have encountered short fin makos note that they swim in a figure eight pattern and approach with mouths open prior to an attack. Short fin makos frequently damage boats and injure fishers after being hooked.”

The crew of Vindicator Fishing Team and Charters hauled in a record-breaking shortfin mako shark on Wednesday, April 26, off the coast of Bryan County, GA. The shark weighed 440 lbs, nearly doubling the state record that has held since 1975. Thad StoneVindicator Fishing Team and Charters

OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating scientific data related to tracking and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white and tiger sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale.