A long, skinny and silvery green barracuda
A long, skinny and silvery green barracuda
 
 
Sharp teeth of a barracuda
Sharp teeth of a barracuda
 
 
Swallowing a chunk of food
Swallowing a chunk of food
 
 
School of barracuda
School of barracuda
 
 
Tiger of the Sea
Tiger of the Sea
 
Barracuda
Topic(s):   Cave Animals, Coral Reef, Fish, Saltwater, Marine Animals, Ocean Life
Quick Facts
Type of Animal fish
Habitat marine (saltwater), coral reefs, sea caves
Diet small fish, squid, shrimp
Length up to 6 feet (up to 2 meters)
Weight up to 100 pounds (up to 45 kilograms)
Predators sharks and people
Endangered no

There are over 20 different kinds of barracudas. A common kind of barracuda is the great barracuda. It lives in warm ocean water all around the world.

The great barracuda is a very big fish. It is long, skinny and silvery green in color. It is a very good hunter of fish. It is sometimes called the Tiger of the Sea.

The barracuda swims slowly looking for food. When it finds food, the barracuda swims very fast and surprises it. Within seconds, the barracuda has caught its dinner.

The barracuda has a pointed head and a large mouth. It has very sharp teeth. It cannot open its mouth very wide. It cannot chew its food. So, when it finds food, it bites the food into big chunks. Then it swallows a big chunk without chewing.

Barracuda will not hurt people unless it is being bothered. However, people are enemies of the barracuda. People like to catch barracuda for food. The barracuda tastes good and is easy to sell. People catching too many barracudas are causing problems. Barracudas need protecting.

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