Porbeagle Shark

Fact File:

Common Name(s):

Porbeagle Shark

(others: Mackerel Shark; Bonito Shark; Salmon Shark)

Scientific Name: Lamna nasus  (Bonnaterre, 1788)

Usual Size:Maximum length 300cm, in British Waters normally between 160-200cm

UK Record Weights from rod/line:

Shore:V 40lb Qualifying Weight


MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:

Upper body surface varies from blue through to dark grey whilst the underside is usually white. Has a secondary longtitudial keel on either side of the tail which is not present on a Mako
Rear Edge of first dorsal fin, always has a White patch.This patch is never found in Makos

Ovoviviparous (live bearing) Litter size usually between 2/4 pups - 50/75cm at birth. Female Porbeagles probably mature at 5 years old (length approximately 200cm)

Found from the surface layers down. Prefers water temperatures of below 190C. Known to inhabit reefs and wrecks.

Fish (Pollack, Cod, Ling, Coalfish, Bass, Hake, Mackerel, Herring) and Squid.

Eastern Atlantic. For the UK, present at most of our coast-lines.

Additional Notes:
Weight potential in the order of 700lbs. A second similar species is thought to exist, though not fully studied - Spotted Porbeagle.


A Field Guide to The Sharks of British Coastal Waters - Vas 1991

FAO Species Catalogue 4 - Sharks of The World - Compagno

Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese

Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler


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