The barracuda, an aggressive and unpredictable fish
When we think of dangerous marine animals, we all come to mind species like sharks, orcas, jellyfish ... But little is known about one of the most aggressive and common fish in the areas of coast: the barracuda.
It is the last representative of the family of the esfirenos, a genus of carnivorous fish that you can see anywhere in the ocean and that very few know.
Morphology and habitat of the barracuda
The size of the barracuda can be very varied, with a length ranging between 50 and 180 centimeters. It has very aerodynamic shapes that make it tremendously fast and stands out for its elongated and muscular body, harmless in appearance until you put an eye to its mouth.
Its jaw is very large compared to the rest of the body. Holds a row of sharp, irregular and large teeth , which will make you panic if you come face to face with one of them.
Your weight ranges from the 9 and the 20 kilograms, but it is not complicated to find specimens of almost two meters and more than 25 kilograms. His jaw is strong, and is capable of tearing his prey in a very violent way; few rivals are able to survive the attack of an adult barracuda ...
Regarding their habitat, adults and younger specimens have different habits. Young barracudas tend to frequent shallow and coastal areas , where easy prey and warmer waters thrive, while adults spend most of their time in deep areas.
Feeding the barracuda
Starting from the basis that an adult barracuda can eat almost anything edible found, its favorite dishes are small, easy and quick to catch fish, small crustaceans and squid.
Humans do not enter their diet and it is not common for us to attack if you do not feel intimidated , at which point you usually perform a rapid explosive attack and then flee quickly. The consequences of an attack of an adult barracuda are usually serious, with significant tears, although they do not usually cause death.
Reproduction of the barracuda
This fish is usually reproduced between the months of April and September, when the water is usually warmer and the amount of food available increases. At age three, a male barracuda is already developed enough for reproduction, while females need another year for their body to be prepared.
Areas with shallow, hot water They are preferred by females to lay their eggs. Its speed and strength make it a very difficult species to catch with a rod , but the final photo -with its impressive teeth- is one of the most desired.
Currently there is no risk of extinction and the number of copies is very abundant , which is great news given the pressure that the oceans are suffering in these times.