Tag: Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello)

Although not attaining the same proportions as the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda), encounters with the Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello) are arguably more spectacular and memorable due to its inquisitive (although non-threatening) nature, and habit of forming medium - large schools.

Found in large numbers at the main offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles, this species may also be found individually, or in small groups at most of the shallower inshore reefs.

Growing to a maximum length of around 1.5m, the Pick-Handle Barracuda is easily identified by its overall silvery/dusky yellow colouration with numerous, angled, dark bars along the length of its body. The caudal fin is also .

Although not attaining the same proportions as the Great Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda), encounters with the Pick-Handle Barracuda (Sphyraena Jello) are arguably more spectacular and memorable due to its inquisitive (although non-threatening) nature, and habit of forming medium - large schools.

Found in large numbers at the main offshore sites such as Sail Rock and Chumphon Pinnacles, this species may also be found individually, or in small groups at most of the shallower inshore reefs.

Growing to a maximum length of around 1.5m, the Pick-Handle Barracuda is easily identified by its overall silvery/dusky yellow colouration with numerous, angled, dark bars along the length of its body. The caudal fin is also .

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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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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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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.