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Heaviest Mako Shark Caught in Gulf of Mexico

By March 2, 2009

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A news article reported that a recreational fishermen caught one of the largest shortfin mako sharks on record last week. The fish weighed 1,149.5 pounds and was over 11 feet long, and fisherman Bill Walters said he "felt like he had a Buick on the line."

Shortfin mako sharks are the fastest shark species and often prey on even quicker fish such as sailfish, tuna and swordfish. The shortfin mako is widely distributed around the world's oceans, ranging in the Western Atlantic from Canada down to the Caribbean and in the Gulf of Mexico, where this record fish was caught.

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