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Is That a Broken Marlin Bill Sticking Out of a Mako Shark?

All images courtesy of Narooma News Online

A mako shark was recently caught off the coast of Australia with a protruding marlin bill from being impaled. 

Jason Moyce was out on a commercial fishing trip, when his vessel landed and culled a large mako shark off the coast of Bermagui, Australia. Shortly after the crew boated the shark and were preparing it for market, they discovered an oddity protruding through the skin of the specimen.

Upon further inspection, it dawned on the crew that it was, in fact, a broken marlin bill that was sticking straight through the mako. The bill had paled in color and had barnacle clusters growing on each end, indicating that it had been lodged in the shark for a long length of time.

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Mako sharks are commercially and recreationally targeted for harvest world-wide. They are highly sought-after by recreational anglers for their blistering runs and wild acrobatics when hooked. They are commercially targeted for the value of their meat. Mako is widely recognized as a delicacy the world over, as well as being known as the tastiest species in the shark family. This is mostly due to the fact that they feed on swordfish and other pelagic species that are also known as delicacies.

Mako sharks are pelagic by nature, and have been filmed and photographed over the years multiple times attacking marlin and swordfish, which are believed to be toward the top of their list of prey out in the open oceans. Makos usually attack the billfish by biting their tail off first, immobilizing the unsuspecting victim before devouring the rest of the carcass.

Mako’s large brain (in comparison to other sharks) and lightning-quick speed allow them to hunt billfish and other pelagic fish in the open ocean. It can only be left to the imagination as to how this particular battle ensued. If anybody down under comes across a bill-less marlin, maybe the bill can be returned to its original owner.

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All images courtesy of Narooma News Online

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Is That a Broken Marlin Bill Sticking Out of a Mako Shark?