Talk:Longfin mako shark

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The article says that Mako is from the Maori for 'blue lightning' (with no source citation), however this BBC article says that it is from the Maori for 'man eater'. I've added a 'disputed' template until we can clear this up. Cynical 11:32, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Good pickup. I cannot find the answer, & have asked contacts in NZ to find out. GrahamBould 11:01, 7 August 2006 (UTC)
To complicate matters:
The 'blue lightning' translation I could only find here: and the 'man-eater' translation is only popular with the BBC and a news site in Wales. Some sport fishing sites claim "mako-mako" means man-eater but they seem to copy from each other. I discovered that "Tane" is Maori for "Man" so mako is unlikely to mean man-eater if it is a simple compound.
I propose we say "the name Mako comes from Maori", since no source seems to dispute this, and cite one of the online etymological dictonaries. Yomanganitalk 00:30, 12 August 2006 (UTC)
Done. If one of my kiwi contacts finds the real verifiable origin I'll update the article. There is a suggestion that Zane Grey popularised the name as he moved between game-fishing venues world-wide. GrahamBould 06:09, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

The third species[edit]

There is a third species of mako shark, the Pacific Mako (Isurus glaucus). Shouldn't this be mentioned somewhere on this or the other articlle? Cheers. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:27, 12 July 2008 (UTC)

Weight of mako shark[edit]

This article says that a mako shark was caught June 30, 2009 that weighted 876 pounds (much larger than indicated in the article): "Tri County Record". Retrieved 2009-07-03. Mattisse (Talk) 17:52, 3 July 2009 (UTC)


The range map in the English article is completely different from the range map in the Japanese article. Which one is right? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:18, 24 November 2015 (UTC)