Barracuda Information & Pictures Ê Você não deveria estar vendo isso!
info01.gif (31821 bytes) Você não deveria estar vendo isso!
Barracuda, any of 18 species of long, slender, predaceous marine fish with small scales, a large mouth with a sharp set of fangs, and a protruding lower jaw. The tail fin is forked, and the two dorsal fins are widely separated. Barracuda are found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans (In Hawaii, the barracuda is also called kaku). The barracuda's reputation for being a voracious and fierce hunter is well founded. Plankton-feeding fish, such as groupers, grunts snapper, bream and even young barracudas arc among its victims. The barracuda generally attacks swiftly, charging at its prey at great speed and taking a large snapping bite with its powerful jaws. The barracuda uses its acute eyesight to hunt, and will usually move quickly towards any bright light or sudden movement that might indicate the presence of prey. In murky water, it tends to attack an object even before identifying it. When several barracudas hunt in a group they will often herd their prey together into a dense shoal, forcing the fish towards shallow water. They can then successfully feed on a greater number of fish. The flesh of some of We coral reef fish that the great barracuda eats is poisonous and so the barracuda's flesh becomes poisonous too. This may explain why barracudas in some areas are poisonous, while those from elsewhere are perfectly safe to eat. Smaller species swim in schools, but larger species are solitary. Although barracuda attacks on humans are rare, they are feared by swimmers in some places. Evidence shows that the barracuda can be dangerous to humans when provoked, being attracted to erratic movement (swimmers have been fatally bitten by them) and bright colors. Overall, however, the low number of alleged attacks does not completely support its dangerous reputation.
Kris Kristofferson's
Killer Barracuda

Look into water, see the barracuda
Patient as the devil
hanging still
Like a shadow in the water
Pretty barracuda,
dagger of the devil
waiting to kill

Little girl beware, of killer barracuda
He rules these waters like a king
He'll cut your heart out slicker than a dagger
Not 'cause he's hungry 'cause he's mean

You can see the shark now
glidin' through the water
Ugly as death.
Eats anything
But the pretty barracuda, don't touch no leavins
Takin' what he wants to
'cause he's king
And you can't scare him or entice him
He won't move for the devil, 'til his own time
Then quicker than heartbeat
he'll turn you away girl just to
see you fall, and leave you dyin'

Little girl beware of the killer barracuda
He rules these waters like a king
He'll cut your heart out slicker than a dagger
Not 'cause he's hungry
'cause he's mean

Barracuda facts:
  1. The world record weight is 85 lbs. captured at Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati, 1992.
  2. Barracudas can be found in huge schools of several thousand.
  3. The nature, timing, and location of spawning in the Great Barracudas has never been documented.
  4. Great Barracudas do not care for their young.
  5. Barracudas mature around two years of age.
  6. Humans have not derived a way to tell a male Barracuda from a female.
  7. Noone knows for sure how old Barracudas can live to be, but research shows that they can live to be fourteen years of age.
  8. Barracudas have two completely separate dorsal fins.
  9. Barracudas are generally hunted for gaming purposes. They do not make good eating fish.
  10. Barracudas have sharp, canine-like teeth that can slice its victims to pieces.
Sport Fishing

Barracudas are the ultimate marine predator. They are stealthy and lighting quick. It is important as a game fish and puts up a hard fight when hooked, making extremely fast runs and often leaping from the water, but has little stamina and soon tires. Small individuals may be taken on light tackle fished from a boat, but the larger fish usually stay in deeper water and are fished for by trolling with medium heavy tackle. Despite fair quality white flaky meat, the barracuda is not held in high esteem as a foodfish. They can be caught with cut bait, although the most productive method is a cast lure with a fast retrieve. A wire leader is a must, because of the toothy torpedo's ability to cut through monofilament line. A fair eating fish with firm flesh, best served broiled or sauteed. They move onto the shallow reefs during the summer. Generally considered a trash fish, the great barracuda is one of Florida's most frequently caught, yet underrated offshore game fish. Barracuda are extremely curious, and will follow a boat or diver for hundreds of yards. Barracuda possess a healthy set of teeth, so anglers should use a wire leadger when fishing for the species. Live bait works best, but any lure that puts out a lot of flash, such as a silver spoon, will attract a strike. Tube lures are another good choice. Barracuda leap when hooked using live bait, and take off on thumb-blistering runs. Barracuda are good table fare, but the larger of the species are know to harbor cigatarra poisoning from eating reef fish, so most barracuda kept for the table are under 30 inches in length.

Barracuda are predaceous fish of the family Sphyraenidae(All species share the generic name Sphyraena), order Perciformes:

  • S. barracuda (Great barracuda)
    2m/6.5' (165 cm); 48kg/106lbs; warm waters nearly worldwide; generally considered solitary and diurnal, but frequently occur in groups. The largest barracuda, this species may well exceed the maximum length listed here and each lengths of 244 cm (8 feet) or more, as at least one report from an eminently qualified observer suggests. It is often feared more than the shark, but it rarely attacks humans. Its reputation may be due to the fact that it has terrified divers by trailing them for long distances. The great barracuda, unlike some of its close relatives, is not generally considered to be a nocturnal species. There seem, however, to be interesting exceptions to this rule as one might expect from an opportunistic predator. Solitary and grouped great barracuda have been seen moving purposefully through the water on nights when the moon is at or near Full Moon, possibly taking advantage of the light conditions to extend their hunting beyond sunset. Dr James Porter, of the University of Georgia, once saw a small school of large barracuda moving across the water above him during a lightning storm one night near Molasses Reef in the Florida Keys, which is an extremely unusual case. Generally great barracuda seem to rest during the night -- divers' lights can awaken them and they usually avoid the light if it is trained on them. One should be considerate, bearing in mind one's own probable reactions to being woken up by a blinding light being directed into one's eyes, for the barracuda may charge the light. Dr Walter Starck, who conducted a lengthy study of the activity of fishes at night at Alligator Reef in the Florida Keys, recounts one instance where a great barracuda was so startled by divers' lights that it accelerated right into a portion of the reef and was killed.
  • S. jello (pickhandle barracuda)
    (125 cm) 22 lbs; Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal...also found in other parts of the Indo-Pacific; generally considered solitary and diurnal, but most seen in Papua New Guinea were in groups. These barracuda are also distinguished by yellow tails, a fact that made field identification problematic, at first, because very few references mention that the species comes in a yellow-tailed flavor in addition to the more commonly-cited gray-tailed version.
  • S. afra (Guinean barracuda)
    (= piscatorum) (172 cm)
  • S. qenie (blackfin barracuda)
    (115 cm) Indian Ocean, Northern Australia, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, western Pacific; generally considered solitary and nocturnal.
  • S. lucasana (47 cm)
  • S. idiastes (baracuda; southern barracuda; striped seapike)
    (53 cm) Indian Ocean, Galapagos
  • S. argentea (California barracuda)
    (91 cm); schooling diurnal. The California barracuda, which is valued as a food fish, winters off Mexico. But when spawning season begins in April, the fish moves north into more temperate waters, where the larvae feed on plankton.
  • S. picudilla (southern sennet)
    46 cm/18" (40 cm); Bermuda, FL, Bahamas to Uruguay; schooling diurnal
  • S. borealis (northern sennet)
    46 cm/18" (45 cm); Ranges from Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico; schooling diurnal
  • S. viridensis
    (54 cm)
  • S. sphyraena (European barracuda)
    (137 cm)
  • S. guachancho (guaguanche)
    60 cm/2' (60 cm); Mass & N. Gulf to Brazil, E. Atlantic
  • S. ensis
    (47 cm) Eastern Pacific
  • S. putnamiae (sawtooth barracuda)
    (=bleekeri) (87 cm) Indian Ocean, Indo-Pacific (Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, northern Australia); schooling nocturnal.
  • S. chrysotaenia (yellowstripe barracuda)
    (= obtusata (striped barracuda; striped seapike)) (23 cm) Indian Ocean, Philippines, Red Sea, Indo-Pacific; schooling diurnal. This species is often confused with S. flavicauda and I've been told that it may be the same species, collected in different parts of the Indo-Pacific. S. flavicauda (yellowtail barracuda) (320 mm) Indian Ocean, Batavia, NSW, Red Sea; schooling diurnal and nocturnal.
  • S. pinguis
    (=brachygnathus or langsar) (350 mm). Another one that's similar to the two above. Field identification of these smaller barracuda species would be a nightmare where they co-occur.
  • S. forsteri (blackspot or bigeye barracuda)
    (=toxeuma)(64 cm) Indian Ocean, Marshall Islands, Marquesas; solitary nocturnal.
  • S. acutipinnis (sharp-finned barracuda)
    (= africana, japonica, helleri) (44 cm) Indian Ocean; solitary nocturnal.
  • S. helleri
    (80 cm)
  • S. novaehollandiae (snook; short-finned seapike; arrow barracuda)
    (50 cm) Indian Ocean, Victoria; solitary nocturnal.

Here are some Barracuda pictures, just click:
Picture Size (KB) Picture Size (KB) Picture Size (KB) Picture Size (KB)
info01.gif 32 info02.jpg 9.53 info03.jpg 11 info04.jpg 40
info05.jpg 23.1 info06.jpg 20.3 info07.jpg 30.7 info08.jpg 17.9
info09.jpg 45.4 info10.jpg 22.3 info11.jpg 17 info12.jpg 21.6
info13.jpg 23.7 info14.jpg 21.9 info15.jpg 16 info16.jpg 19.5
info17.jpg 5.87 info18.jpg 22 info19.jpg 42.2 info20.jpg 39.4
info21.jpg 3.25 info22.jpg 15.5 info23.jpg 29.5 info24.jpg 28.9
info25.jpg 27.4 info26.jpg 25.8 info27.jpg 12.2 info28.jpg 14.6
info29.jpg 45.3 info30.jpg 43.4 info31.jpg 13.6 info32.jpg 16.2
info33.jpg 51.4 info34.jpg 58.4 info35.jpg 75 info36.jpg 51.6
info37.jpg 53.4 info38.jpg 35.8 info39.jpg 62.5 info40.jpg 56.2
info41.jpg 25.8 info42.jpg 26.2 info43.jpg 13.1 info44.jpg 23.1
info45.jpg 8.44 info46.jpg 24.2 info47.jpg 22.8 info48.jpg 54.8
info49.jpg 38.4 info50.jpg 87.9 info51.jpg 41.5 info52.jpg 9.12
info53.jpg 49.4 info54.jpg 15        
Back to Barracuda Home Page

© Copyright 1997-2000 Barracuda by Christopher Thompson. All rights reserved.
Material on these pages may only be reproduced with permission of the Webmaster.
Any questions or information required, please direct it to