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The Coolest Sharks of All Time

Shortfin Mako

The makos are the speed demons of the oceans, and the shortfin holds the record as the fastest extant shark. Some scientists think it can reach speeds of 64 miles/hour in short bursts, though the highest confirmed speed is 46 miles/hour. That's one hell of a sprint. This specialized adaptation also allows the mako to perform incredible leaps out of the water, as high as 30 feet! Their acrobatic ability is enabled by their partial warm bloodedness, a trait they share with the great whites and threshers.

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