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Common Name: Barracuda

 

 

Latin NameSphyraena barracuda

 

Location: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean

 

Distinct Features and Information: The great barracuda is a fierce looking predator that lives and hunts primarily alone. He is a curious fish, and is very common in shallow waters. In general, the barracuda’s coloration is dark green or a blue type coloration or grey above chalky-white below. This varies somewhat. Sometimes there is a row of darker cross-bars or black spots on each side. The fins may be yellowish or dusky. He is very distinct in his shape and body due to the elongated torpedo-like torso and very large mouth. He has extremely long and sharp teeth and a notched tail. Barracudas have large black blotches on their bodies which are also very flat. The Great Barracuda feeds on shrimp and any number of other fish, and is primarily a feeder of reefs. The Barracuda is most assuredly at the top of the predator chain. Although fierce fish, they great barracuda will only rarely attack humans even when they are swimming. When they do, they will strike only once, a very rapid fierce strike which is usually very serious but is not often fatal. Normally Barracuda are attracted to things that are silvery in color, have a high reflection and are akin to the fish they eat, so it is surmised that the attacks are barracuda who have supposed that the earrings or bracelet worn by a swimmer is a meal. Any type jewelry or reflective swimwear should always be avoided when swimming in the habitat that supports the barracuda. They weigh about 30 pounds and grow to be about 5-6 feet in length (1.8 m).

Special Status or Protections: None

Barracuda Juvenile

Barracuda Juvenile

Barracuda Intermediate

Barracuda Intermediate

Barracuda Adult

Barracuda Adult

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