Tag: Barracudas (Sphyraenidae)

Barracudas are highly predatory fish which constitute the Sphyraenidae family. In general, barracudas have very elongated, cylindrical bodies, long heads, pointed snouts, and a protruding lower jaw with large mouth equipped with long, pointed teeth.

They are usually silver, silver/brown in color, with dark bars, saddles or chevron markings. They have small anal, pectoral and pelvic fins, well aft of the pectorals, and their caudal fins are deeply forked. The dorsal fins are well separated, the first of which has five spines.

Barracudas are a wide-ranging species found in all tropical waters, with 25 species known globally. Although adult Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) may live a solitary existence, other species are predominantly found in small to medium-sized schools in the vicinity of reefs.

Barracudas are highly predatory fish which constitute the Sphyraenidae family. In general, barracudas have very elongated, cylindrical bodies, long heads, pointed snouts, and a protruding lower jaw with large mouth equipped with long, pointed teeth.

They are usually silver, silver/brown in color, with dark bars, saddles or chevron markings. They have small anal, pectoral and pelvic fins, well aft of the pectorals, and their caudal fins are deeply forked. The dorsal fins are well separated, the first of which has five spines.

Barracudas are a wide-ranging species found in all tropical waters, with 25 species known globally. Although adult Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) may live a solitary existence, other species are predominantly found in small to medium-sized schools in the vicinity of reefs.

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae)

Although not a great photo, this gives an idea of the huge numbers the school of Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae) can reach at certain times of year, particularly at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan.

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae)

At certain times of year, Sail Rock's resident school of Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae) seems to experience a population explosion, as we witnessed during December 2010.

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Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

The resident school of Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello) are most frequently encountered on the west side of Sail Rock, particularly on the outside of the small narrow pinnacle nick-named Batfish Pinnacle.

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae) circling at Sail Rock

In this photo, Christian Aneres from Austria finds himself surrounded by huge school of Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae) at Sail Rock.

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This small, 1 - 1.5m Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) appeared at Sail Rock, Koh Phangan in late December 2010.

This is by far the least commonly encountered species of Barracuda in local waters, so hopefully this one will stick around for a while.

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Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

For the many species that regularly attend a "cleaning station", such as those provided by the Blue-Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides Dimidiatus), it is customary to inform the cleaners that they are not on the menu (for the time being at least!).

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This photo shows the imposing Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda) in far greater detail than the grainy image taken at Angthong Marine Park.

The Dive Inn wishes to thank James Hubrecht for allowing the use of this photograph.

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

This poor quality photograph from Koh Yippon, Angthong Marine Park, shows a Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) that was exhibiting an agitated posture by "gaping" at me.

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Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

A school of Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello) at one of their more common locations, around the "Batfish Pinnacles" area at Sail Rock.

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Chevron Barracuda (Sphyraena Putnamiae)

Chevron Barracudas (Sphyraena Putnamiae) are a common sight at most of the deeper offshore locations.