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Barracuda Fish Facts

Barracuda Facts - Barracudas are marine ray-finned fishes found in most of the world's warm water oceans and often seen prowling areas of knee-high shallow coral reefs, but also at depths of 100 meters.

Although most of the twenty different Barracuda species 'Sphyraena' live in oceans, in fact the Great Barracuda is also found in brackish or briny water (less salinity than seawater).

The vast majority of the genus have a long compressed silvery body, almost snake-like in shape, covered with relatively small but smooth scales on their chalky-white belly.

Barracuda fish teeth are sharp-edged and fang-like similar to the prominent teeth of piranha fishes with an arrow-like pointed head and a fork-shaped tail fin. Their upper body is covered with black, brown, or blue-gray scales with a white underbelly. Although the head is long and pointed, many Barracuda species have an 'underbite' and their gill covers are spineless.

Two dorsal fins are separated unusually wide apart and its anterior fin has five spines. The large spinous posterior dorsal fin has one spine with nine soft rays attached and is situated above the fish's anal fin.

The Barracuda lateral line is prominent extending in a straight line running from its head to its tail. The forked caudal fin is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are located low on the sides if its trunk-like body and they have a huge swim bladder.

Barracuda Fish Facts Behavior

Barracudas are mostly solitary fish but a school will often hunt together. The collective noun for a large group is called a 'Battery of Barracudas'. Nonetheless, large solitary Barracuda are active hunters and have been known to attack humans - unprovoked. However the Barracuda fish species tend to display a nocturnal behavior and are usually livelier at night.

They mate in the spring time and a female Barracuda will release over 1,000 eggs into the water. Despite this high number only a few fertilized eggs will survive to adulthood.

Barracuda Meat

Barracuda meat is considered a delicacy in many countries causing a major threat to its survival, though they are not currently included in the list of endangered species. Most Barracuda fish eat other small vertebrates such as damselfishes, boneless invertebrate mollusks such as octopuses, and crustaceans like shrimps and lobsters.

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School of Barracudas Swimming Around Shipwreck Battery of Barracudas Barracuda Fish [Sphyraena]

Pictures of Barracuda Fish: The Great Oceanic Barracuda and some Chevron Barracuda species are not commonly found in the Gulf of Thailand but our Pattaya fish species section has information about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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