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Facts about Barracuda

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The barracuda also has a large swim bladder.

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Barracudas are caught as food and game fish.

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Being formidable hunters, they should be respected, as barracudas are perfectly capable of defending themselves against humans that harass them.

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Spearfishing around barracudas can also be quite dangerous, as they are strongly attracted by the wounded fish.

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Barracudas have an elongate body and large mouth, with the lower jaw jutting out beyond the upper (Nelson 1994).

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Barracudas typically have coloration that is dark green or gray above a chalky-white underbelly.

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Barracudas (family Sphyraenidae and genus Sphyraena) are found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.

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Barracudas will stop after the first bite as humans are not their normal food source.

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The second dorsal fin and anal fin are the same size and are situated on the top and bottom of the barracuda, equidistant from the tail.

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There have been isolated cases where barracudas did bite a human, but these incidents are rare and are believed to be caused by bad visibility.

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Rather, chlorine is found mainly in the form of the chloride ion, a component of salts deposited in the earth or dissolved in the oceans.

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Nelson (1994) reports that the maximum length of barracudas is normally to 1.8 meters (almost 6 feet), but are said to reach somewhat longer lengths.

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Despite an unfavorable reputation as dangerous to humans who are scuba diving, snorkeling, or swimming in their waters, unprovoked attacks by barracudas on humans are rare.

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Barracuda meat is smoked is because when cooked fresh, the fish is quite soft and disintegrates in the soup.

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Large barracudas, when gorged, may attempt to herd a shoal of prey fish in shallow water, where they guard over them until they are ready for another meal.

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Larger species, like the great barracuda, have in some areas been implicated in cases of ciguatera food poisoning (USFDA 2007).

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Barracudas sometimes do follow snorkelers and scuba divers across a reef, which can make one feel uncomfortable, but they are harmless unless provoked.

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Barracudas are prize fish, and can be caught either fly or sea fishing.

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The larger barracudas are more or less solitary in their habits.

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Like sharks, barracudas have long had a bad reputation as being dangerous to humans.

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Barracudas occur both singly and in schools around reefs, but also appear in open seas.

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