Diane Rome Peebles
Rodbender Fishing Charters.
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Captain Scott K. Green
4133 Via Piedra Circle
Sarasota, FL 34233
GREAT BARRACUDA - Sphyraena barracuda
Family Sphyraenidae, BARRACUDAS
Description: gray, with a greenish cast above, whitish below; many
irregular, small black blotches on lower side;
18 to 22 diagonal dark bars on upper side (not always
evident); caudal fin dark with white tips; 75 to 87
lateral line scales; no fleshy tip on jaw.
Young (not shown): dark stripe on side; stripe breaks into
dark squarish blotches as
Size: to 2 m (6 ft.) and 48 kg (106 lbs.); reports of larger fish unverified.
Where Found: young live in inshore seagrass beds; adults range from inshore channels to open ocean.
Remarks: most attacks on people have occurred when they were wading or swimming in turbid water while wearing
bright objects, attempting to spear a barracuda, or carrying speared fish; flesh of smaller fish apparently not poisonous,
but larger fish sometimes very toxic due to ciguatera; no safe, reliable way of recognizing toxic fish.