If you ever wondered how fast a mako shark is, or high one can leap, wonder no more.
Mako sharks are one of the fastest, highest leaping predators in the sea, and this video shows exactly why.
Once a mako has locked on to prey, it may as well give up because it's as good as dead, or so it seems.
Here's some terrific footage from down Florida way of what it looks like to have a big ocean predator take a liking to your hooked gamefish.
In this video, a group out on a sportfishing charter has hooked up with a small sailfish, but they might as well have hooked up with a package of steaks because that's what it must look like to a big healthy mako shark.
It's just that the skipper of the boat is replete with some colorful commentary that just may be the best part of the whole thing.
If you've been wanting to see some terrific footage of wildlife in action, this is your day, particularly since there's a mako shark in the water chasing a sailfish. But that's not the only thing going wild on that charter.
Warning: Graphic language used in the video.
OMG - wait for it! (Not the G, keep watching!) Repost from @oshineflorida?Mako shark chasing down a hooked sailfish! Crazy footage showing how fast these makos are! #oshineflorida @marktheshark
Posted by IFISH w TACKLEWORLD on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
This was apparently filmed on one of the infamous Mark The Shark fishing charters that are well-known around the Miami area for their unique, albeit controversial excursions. Their operations seem to include a lot of coarse language, bikini clad women, and, yes, some great deep-sea fishing.
If you're gonna get an amazing look at a mako coming right out of the water next to the boat, that's the icing on the top, apparently! Grab a rod and reel and "Get that bait in the water!"
Mako sharks are found in temperate to tropical waters in just about every ocean on earth, and thanks to their voracious appetite and prey preference, they can be seen eating or trying to eat most of the great gamefish that fishermen everywhere chase such as mackerels, tunas, bonitos, and swordfish.
One of their main methods of attack is to vertically leap at their target and tear chunks from a fish's flesh. By the looks of this video, they're pretty adapted to do just that.
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