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Great barracuda

Sphyraena barracuda

Description:

Spotted this Great barracuda swimming around a coral reef in the Caribbean sea.

Habitat:

Coral reef in the Caribbean sea.

Notes:

Snorkelling in the Archipiélago de los Canarreos. Thanks to Laura for the ID!

1 species ID suggestions

Great barracuda
Sphyraena barracuda Great barracuda

12 Comments

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar a year ago

This is lovely fish Peter.. thanks for sharing here.. Its amazing fish... known for speed. Barracudas are not much spotted here...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Thanks Peter for joining the mission
Actually this is a local one i have seen many times close to the same area and yes is big and unafraid to divers.
Congratulations for your certification.

peter
peter 2 years ago

Thanks Gerardo! One of my favorite spottings is yours of the same species of fish. Although the one you spotted definitely looks a lot bigger :)

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/896...

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Grate spotting Peter!
This is one of my favorite fish

peter
peter 2 years ago

Thanks Mary, that's sweet of you to say. It was pretty wild down there for sure. I'm definitely hooked and want to get my scuba license. And hopefully one day join the ranks of some of the incredible underwater photographers here on our site.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Wonderful spotting. I love your underwater photos. It is like visiting a whole other universe.

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 2 years ago

Yeah, I saw a HUGE school of barracuda once, and some of them were longer than I was! A little frightening, but they will only attack anything silvery/shiny (which is why you need to keep dive knives sheathed!).

peter
peter 2 years ago

This big dude, If I had to hazard a guess, was probably just less than an a metre (3 ft or so) long. I'm glad he was swimming in the other direction, wouldn't wanna be on the receiving end that's for sure. I hear they can get up to 6 ft long!

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Awesome! How big was it Peter?

peter
peter 2 years ago

Thanks for the ID Laura! I had a suspicion that it might be a Barracuda too. I was telling my friend how I spotted a barracuda and hoped that I wasn't making things up. Now I know for sure! Haha, thanks again!

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 2 years ago

Sweet, this is a great barracuda, Peter! Nicely done spotting it on the reef flat! :D They are awesome fish, great shot!

kuan-der
kuan-der 2 years ago

Great snapshot of that fish.

Cuba

Lat: 21.60, Long: -81.50

Spotted on Feb 14, 2012
Submitted on Feb 22, 2012

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