Eat scombrids, cluepeids, other small fish, and cephalopods. Larger makos may eat swordfish. Teleosts constitute much of the diet, with bluefish being the majority. Makos tend to eat schooling fishes, such as mackerels and herrings. Bluefish make up the major inshore food item, while offshore, cephalopods become more important. Males and females appear to consume roughly the same volume of food.
Pelagic sharks are often opportunistic feeders, it is therefore not unusual for them to eat items of little or no nutritive value.