A mako shark, one of the featured illustrations in our new exhibition, Opulent Oceans.

The streamlined shortfin mako shark—perhaps the fastest shark in the sea—is shown in the book Systematische Beschreibung der Plagiostomen (Systematic description of the plagiostomes) written by German zoologist Johannes Muller and published in 1841.

See more from the exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History.