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Am I a Barracuda or Look-a-Like? (Bonaire)

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by drrich2, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Hi:

    Just got back from a week in Bonaire; got in 20 dives & had a blast. At a bit over 50 feet deep my dive buddy spotted a big fish, I'd estimate over 3 feet, looking like a really fat barracuda, which is what I took it to be at the time. It didn't let me real close, and my pics aren't the best. I later realized that there are other fish that resemble barracuda, and I'm not used to barracuda looking so far. So, here is the mystery fish (with Adobe Photoshop Elements Auto-Smart Fix on one, and Auto-Levels on the other, to bring out contrast to better discern the particulars):

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    For comparison, let's look at a pic I snapped of a strikingly patterned much smaller barracuda during the trip (which changed colors/patterning quickly, loosing those great patterns):

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    Notice how our mystery fish only has one fin down the back, but the 'known barracuda' has 2?

    What do you guys think? Different species of Barracuda? Old injury amputated a dorsal fin?

    Richard.
     
  2. ladyfishdvr

    ladyfishdvr Nassau Grouper

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    The shape of the bottom fins is different and so is the tail.
     
  3. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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    Was the mystery fish moving forward as the pictures were taken? Movement affects fin appearance, sometimes even to the point of flattening a fin against the body. Looks like a 'cuda to me.
     
  4. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    It was moving off forward, but not at high speed.

    Richard.
     
  5. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

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  6. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

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    Here are the other shots I took of it, one with Auto-Levels, the others as they came out of the camera (Canon G10, with Canon housing, in underwater scene mode) aside from changing resolution to shrink them down.

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    Maybe those will help.

    Richard.
     
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Even without your extra pictures, I'm already convinced it is a great barracuda. The front dorsal on barracudas are quite often retracted. The real convincer is the shape of the tail. {

    I often see these barracuda that appear darker and chubbier.
     
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  8. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    I concur with barracuda. A relatively fat one. The shape and markings are pretty distinctive.

    If it was smaller and had different markings it could be a sennet which has a distinctive line down the side. But it is not.
     
  9. smellzlikefish

    smellzlikefish Marine Scientist

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    Absolutely barracuda.
     
  10. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

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    I don't think it's a barracuda. I swam stationery next to one on my last trip to similan isles. It was sleek and aerodynamic with a longer snout and jaggy teeth - you didn't want to mess with it. I was actually horizontal and matched head to toe, at a distance of a few feet. It was my length about 5'9...

    Sent from my GT-N7000
     
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