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The great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda)

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The great barracuda also known as the giant barracuda, is a common species of barracuda found in subtropical oceans around the world. The great barracuda is present in tropical to warm temperate waters, in subtropical parts of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, from mangrove areas to deep reef, with a lower depth limit of 110 metres.
Mature specimens are usually around 60–100 cm (24–39 in) in length and weight 2.5–9.0 kg (5.5–19.8 lb). Exceptionally large specimens can exceed 1.5 m (4.9 ft) and weight over 23 kg (51 lb). The record sized specimen caught on rod and reel weighed 46.72 kg (103.0 lb) and measured 1,7 m (5.6 ft), while an even bigger specimen measured 2 m (6.6 ft). Barracudas appear in open seas. They rely on surprise and short burst of speed (up to 27 mph (43 km/h) to catch their prey, they are one of the fastest predatory fish in the world. Barracudas are solitary when they are adults. Young and half-grown fish frequently congregate in shoals where they can protect temselves from predators.
While barracudas display a disconcerting habit of curiously following divers and swimmers, attacks on humans are rare. Oftentimes, an attack consists of a single strike in which the fish attempts to steal prey from a spear, or else mistakes a shiny object for a fish. While serious, attacks are almost never lethal. Credits to Jeannie Folk, Noel Guevara and Capt Chris Barron.


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