Jason, who posted the impressive find on Facebook under the alias Trapman Bermagui, wrote that he was shark fishing off the coast of Bermagui when he stumbled across the 200-plus-pound mako shark head.
“So this was all we got back of this monster mako,” he wrote beside a photo of a young man standing behind the severed shark head. “Unfortunately we didn’t see what ate it but must of been impressive!!”
— New York Post (@nypost) March 29, 2019
“It was a crazy morning of shark fishing. Hoping to catch smaller sharks but just hooked big sharks that got eaten by bigger sharks again.”
So this was all we got back of this monster mako. Unfortunately we didn't see what ate it but must of been impressive!!…
Some commenters suggested the photo was staged to make it appear that the shark was bigger than it really was.
“That is maybe a 150lb mako at best,” said Sean Sizemore. “This photo Lies. Believe me, i fish all the time and could make a sardine appear to be 100lbs in any pic..lol”
Facebook user Rodney Wade wrote, “The fact that you can’t see his feet shows how horribly staged this photo is. Shark probably weighed 150lbs.”
Trapman Bermagui posted another photograph of the same shark, this time with a different camera perspective.
Another pic of the tiger that got taxed. Weather is turning bad out here with strong north winds. Weekend isn't looking…
While the different perspective makes the shark head seem smaller, the creature in the photo is still evidently large.
Commenter John Kawenga wrote, “If this was the 80 kilo tiger How big was the Predator that ate this huge beast, and it’s still out there, but we’ll done retrieving the head, should have put the head back as bait as the beast may have still been in the area 👍🤙🤙🤙”
In the comments, Wayne Minns posted a photo of what looks to be a hammerhead shark, with the caption “I always thought this was a great example of what swims out there.”
Shortfin Mako Sharks
According to the MarineBio Conservation Society, mako sharks are known by many names: makos, shortfins, short-finned makos, blue pointers, mackerel sharks—even blue dynamites.
They are known for their speed and agility in the water, and in bursts can swim as fast as 50 mph.
Mako sharks can grow as large as 12 feet in length and have been known to weigh as much as 1,000 pounds.
A Danger or Endangered?
Sharks in their interactions with humans have acquired a fearsome reputation that, according to National Geographic, is not justified.
“The United States averages just 16 shark attacks each year and slightly less than one shark-attack fatality every two years,” writes National Geographic’s Brian Handwerk. “Meanwhile, in the coastal U.S. states alone, lightning strikes and kills more than 41 people each year.”
Data from the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File (ISAF), a database of all known shark attacks, shows that humans pose a greater threat to sharks than vice versa.
“On average, there are only six fatalities attributable to unprovoked attacks by sharks worldwide, each year. By contrast, fisheries kill about 100 million sharks and rays annually.”
— UF Shark Research (@UFsharkresearch) August 31, 2018
A comparison of dog attack fatalities (364) versus shark attack fatalities (11) in the United States for the years 2001-2010 shows that canines pose a considerably higher risk to humans than the much-maligned sharks.