Fisherman Yiannis Geladas, was out on his boat in the Ionian Sea when he had a shark encounter in what he says was his first time ever in those waters.
Geladas posted a short clip on his Facebook page saying he wasn’t sure what kind of species it was.
The internet weighed in – identifying it as a shortfin mako shark, known as the fastest shark in the world that has been clocked at speeds of up to 46 miles per hour. Adult Mako sharks typically grow to be 10-13 feet long.
Gelados’s encounter with the shortfin mako shark is a rare one, as these sharks are not often seen in the Mediterranean Sea. Overall, their numbers have been declining in recent years due to overfishing and bycatch. The species is classified as Endangered by the IUCN.
This makes Gelados’s footage even more valuable, as it provides a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.
The video shows the mako shark, as it glides gracefully just ahead of him in the crystal blue waters.
Geladas speculated the shark may have been following one of the increasing number of cruise ships in the area as international travel returns to previous levels prior to the pandemic.
Unfortunately, Mako fishing is prominent due to their acrobatic flips, fast runs, and heavy fights that entertain anglers