This seasonally migratory species has a stocky body and short snout. Porbeagle sharks are found around the world, but adjacent populations appear to be distinct. This species prefers colder waters and is, in fact, endothermic.
The porbeagle shark is caught as a target and bycatch species in commercial fisheries for its high-value meat. Directed longline fisheries seriously depleted the northeast Atlantic population and less than one percent of the Mediterranean population remains from a century ago.