It is said among scientists that barracudas – Sphyraena, as they are also known – are among the fiercest, most resilient large fish that venture near coral reefs. These saltwater fish are quite compressed, feature smooth scales, and are able to grow to considerably large sizes. They are commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Also an important location where you can spot barracudas on almost every reef is the Red Sea. There are almost 30 different species of the genus, and some of them are remarkably large, fierce, and even dangerous to humans.
Barracudas are actual “monsters” of the deep. Their elongated snake-like appearance, large, sharp fang-like teeth, and remarkably aggressive as well as illusive demeanor make them one of the most feared opportunistic predators on the reef. They feature a sharp, aerodynamic shape that can cut through water at speeds greater than many of their prey may be capable of. Their blue and gray coloring is also part of the reason why barracudas are so efficient when it comes to hiding from their prey and ambushing it. Most smaller types of barracudas are found in most tropical regions of the Atlantic and Indian Ocean, while larger species such as the Great Barracuda are also spotted in subtropical regions.
When it comes to examining barracudas, Sphyraena experts cannot stress the importance of taking the necessary precautions to avoid getting too close to these fish strongly enough. They are considered to be dangerous when interacting with humans, so even experienced divers are urged to steer clear of them as much as possible. The barracuda may commonly mistake divers and snorkelers for larger prey, and even though bites and attacks were only rarely experienced, there’s a chance that a barracuda attack can become fatal.
The Great Barracuda is a large subspecies of barracuda measuring up to 1.8 meters. This is one of the most feared predators belonging to the species, and they are much stronger, faster, and accurate in their attacks than most barracudas. They can quickly reach speeds of up to 27 mph, so they can easily catch even the most active fish in the sea. They mostly feed on fish, however it is important to note when it comes to barracudas, Sphyraena species like the Great Barracuda are not to be taken for granted when it comes to avoiding them, especially due to their large size and impressive razor sharp teeth.