Photo by @BrianSkerry A Shortfin Mako Shark in New Zealand swims open-mouthed at photographer Brian Skerry. Makos are one of the fastest fish in the sea, capable of bursts up to 60mph and of all shark species they have one of the largest brains, relative to body size. The numbers of makos have declined worldwide due to over fishing and the demand for shark fins. They are currently listed as vulnerable.
Sharks hunt using their sensory systems not their eyesight (which is pretty terrible). They’ll often hunt in river-mouths, murky water and at sunrise or sunset and will bump their prey before attacking it. To a shark, a surfer can look just like a seal from below – one of the favourite snacks of larger, temperate water shark species.