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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. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    cuda, cuda cuda
  2. ladyfishdvr

    ladyfishdvr Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Rochester NY USA
    Well depending on what you reference, there are between 18 and 26 different types of barracuda. Perhaps it is one but just not one you normally would see.

    I caught a pickerel once that was so fat and big it looked like a northern pike which I had also caught in the past. We actually had to count the number of sensory pores on the bottom jaw to make sure it was a pickerel.
  3. deborahdelamar

    deborahdelamar Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Cozumel, MX
    In my training, I learned that here are only three species of Barracuda in this part of the world and two don't grow as large as this. This is a Great Barracuda that is either well fed or very ill. Torpedo body, fin placement & shapes, body bars, spots, mouth, plus some visible white fin tips (dorsal & anal fins in this photo series) verify the ID, IMO. The first dorsal segment may have been lost or may be retracted, hard to tell.
    drrich2 likes this.
  4. Kukuisa

    Kukuisa Barracuda

    Barracuda. I see them almost every dive.
  5. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Thanks, everybody. I've seen a lot of smaller barracuda, and wanted to see a big'un.

  6. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Definitely not a 'cuda. Not shaped like that. Possibly a Little Tunny but the tail is wrong. The shape, tail and depressed head suggest a Snook except it lacks the distinct lateral line. You got me - except that it ain't no barracuda.
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    The tail is so distinctive don't think it can be anything but . Check out the tail closely particularly on the very first picture . Very particular shape like this. {

    Barracuda. Yes. :)
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  8. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    Looks like a barracuda to me except that it is too fat, perhaps it had just eaten something?
  9. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
    Larger barracuda often grow proportionally wider. This is certainly a barracuda, and based on where seen, it is a great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda.
  10. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bangalore
    Lets see the common descriptions of a cuda

    Its body is long, fairly compressed...rely on surprise and short bursts of speed to overtake their prey
    Despite the difference in size and colour between barracuda species, all species of barracuda have a similar elongated appearance, and pointed head with powerful jaws, containing rows of sharp fang-like teeth used for eating larger prey.... slender, streamlined body ... The top of the head between the eyes is nearly flat and the mouth is large,

    Now this fish the OP has filmed clearly does not have the body capable of short bursts of speed or a pointy jaw/head and clearly does not fit the description of an elongated appearance or closely resemble the parameters above. Unless Cuda's suffer from obesity like humans do .. [​IMG]

    Its something else... NotACuda! NotACuda! NotACuda! NotACuda! :no: :banana:
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