Porbeagle showing white area at base of dorsal

The Porbeagle Shark (Lamna nasus) grows up to 300cm in British waters.


Upper body surface varies from blue through to dark grey whilst the underside is usually white. Has a secondary longtitudinal keel on either side of the tail (see photo - a porbeagle caught, tagged and released in the English Channel) which is not present on a Mako.

Rear edge of first dorsal fin, always has a w
Porbeagle shark

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hite 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 NotesEdit

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


The Aquarium Project

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