Photo of the Week: Great Barracuda
- They weigh about 30 pounds and grow to be about 5-6 feet in length, but are fiercer in their temperament than many sharks.
- The Great Barracuda feeds on shrimp and any number of other fish, and is primarily a feeder of reefs.
- The Barracuda is most assuredly at the top of the predator chain.
- Although fierce fish, they great barracuda will only rarely attack humans even when they are swimming. When they do, they will strike only once, a very rapid fierce strike which is usually very serious but is not often fatal.
- Normally Barracuda are attracted to things that are silvery in color, have a high reflection and are akin to the fish they eat, so it is surmised that the attacks are barracuda who have supposed that the earrings or bracelet worn by a swimmer is a meal.
- Any type jewelry or reflective swimwear should always be avoided when swimming in the habitat that supports the barracuda.
- Barracuda are usually near the surface of the water, although they have been seen and recorded at depths of 100 meters, or about 90 feet.
- Smaller juveniles will often gather near shallow sheltered reefs, and will range into murky harbors, while adults will venture to open sea. Barracuda are diurnal.
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