Barracuda

November 25, 2022

You can find the great barracuda in tropical to warm temperate waters, especially in subtropical parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. It can also be found in mangroves and deep reef areas, occupying a depth limit of 110 meters. Barracudas are saltwater fish found in subtropical oceans around the world. They are scavengers and may sometimes mistake snorkelers for large predators, attacking them or following them in the hopes of catching a meal.

Generally, great barracudas are elongated with powerful jaws; the fish can easily attack humans even when unprovoked. They swim in the open seas and are good at surprise attacks- they are capable of bursting to high speeds to capture their prey. A barracuda can easily mistake objects that shine for prey. They are a popular target for recreational fishing, as they put up a strong fight when hooked. As a defense mechanism, they release a pungent odor once caught, which can potentially cause Ciguatera fish poisoning when eaten.

The great barracuda is a solitary fish, although young and half-grown fish often congregate in shoals. A mature specimen can be around 24-39 inches in length and can weigh 5.5-19.8 lbs.

Fun Facts

  • A barracuda is a saltwater fish that is exceptionally flavorful to many palates.
  • The barracuda is a saltwater fish found in subtropical oceans.
  • Constantine Samuel Rafinesque gave the fish its name in 1815.
  • A barracuda is designed for speed and can swim as fast as 36mph (58mph).
  • A barracuda can attack humans, even when unprovoked.
  • The largest barracuda recorded was about 3m (9.8 ft.) long.
  • A Barracuda can live up to 14 years.
  • Female barracudas can release between 5,000 to 30,000 eggs.

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