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Baracuda Fish

The Barracuda is known as The Tiger of the Sea but also carries a variety of common names; Great Barracuda, Commerson’s Sea pike.

Barracuda, a saltwater fish. There are several species. Best known is the great barracuda, found in the American Atlantic from Florida to Brazil. The great barracuda is a popular game fish. (It is used as a trophy since its flesh is poisonous.) This fish, which resembles a pike, is dark above and pale beneath, with a large mouth studded with long, sharp teeth. It may reach a length of 6 feet (1.8 m) and weigh somewhat more than 100 pounds (45 kg).

Barracudas can reach six feet in length. The Pacific barracuda, found off the coast of California, is smaller but similar in appearance. It is both a game fish and a food fish.

A barracuda can appear intimidating with its large jaws and very sharp teeth. It eats lots of other fish in the sea. If a barracuda feels threatened, it will even attack a person.

The biggest and most feared barracuda is the great barracuda. The Barracuda is known as The Tiger of the Sea but also carries a variety of common names; Great Barracuda, Commerson’s Sea pike, and Short barracuda are all common English language names. It is an nosy, intrusive and aggressive predator.

The Barracuda provides the angler with an impressive aerial display often jumping several times its own length. The saber-like teeth are extremely sharp and dangerous if not handled with caution. The Barracuda can be found worldwide in near shore tropical and subtropical seas (30°N – 30°S). The great barracuda is common in the western Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts up north to Brazil down south. The Barracuda can also be found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea as well as the eastern Atlantic Ocean, Indo-Pacific, and the Red Sea. It is rare or absent in areas of the eastern Pacific Ocean. The great barracuda grows to 6 feet (1.8 meters) and weighs up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It swims in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

Barracudas belong to the family Sphyraenidae. The great barracuda is Sphyraena barracuda; the Pacific barracuda, S. argentea.

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