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Sphyraena barracuda - Great barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda - Great barracuda

The great barracuda has a narrow, long, silvery body and a protruding lower jaw with numerous sharp teeth. Its body length can reach 6 feet, although most are between 1-1/2 to 3 feet. Found in almost all tropical waters, the great barracuda typically swims above coral or rocky reefs or sandy bottoms, and is sometimes even found in bays looking for prey. They can be found from the surface to depths of 60 feet.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and east coast of Africa to Hawaii and the Marquesan and Tuamoto islands. Western Atlantic: Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, and throughout the Caribbean Sea to Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritania, St. Paul's Rocks, and São Tomé Island.


Habitat
Found predominantly at or near the surface (Ref. 6949, 48637). Juvenile occurs among mangroves, estuaries and shallow sheltered inner reef areas; adult occurs in a wide range of habitats from murky inner harbors to open seas. Diurnal and solitary, but can also be found in small aggregations. Reef-associated; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 100 m, usually 3 - 30 m.


Diet
Feeds on fishes, cephalopods and sometimes on shrimps.


Quick Fact
Rarely attacks humans, usually with one quick, fierce strike, which, although serious, is rarely fatal.


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