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The electrifying metallic blue of a mako’s dorsal surfaces is a perfect colour match for the inky oceanic waters that are its home. Shortfin mako are a global species, found in every ocean of the world, but they prefer warmer, rather than cooler, waters—such as off Auckland’s west coast, where most of the photographs in this story were taken. A second species, longfin mako, has much longer pectoral fins, but is not found in New Zealand seas. Mature male shortfin mako reach about three metres in length, while females can grow a metre longer. Published in New Zealand Geographic Issue 135 September - October 2015. Richard Robinson © 2015.
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