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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. deborahdelamar

    deborahdelamar Loggerhead Turtle

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    Another fat Great Barracuda for comparison
    great_barracuda_Sphyraena_barracuda_IMG_5041.jpg
     
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  2. smellzlikefish

    smellzlikefish Marine Scientist

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    I know I'm just feeding the trolls here, but the OP was taking photos from the perspective of behind the fish which will make it look shorter in proportion.
     
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  3. designbysue

    designbysue Barracuda

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    Here is one of your pics color corrected. Does this help?

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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    Ddeborahdelamore, they could be twins! :)

    cuda, cuda, cuda
     
  5. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    LOL a tuna???? I've speared many hundreds of them, they get large and fat and that is a cuda.
     
  6. gert7to3

    gert7to3 Solo Diver

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    I would say that is a very well fed Great Barracuda. The camera angle is compressing the length visually.

    As for the other barracuda image, I have seen that mottled pattern on young barracuda. However they were only about 12"/30 cm long and in eel grass, not on a reef.
     
  7. caileon

    caileon Angel Fish

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    It is a baracuda. I saw the same coloring of them when I was there in May.
     
  8. Hank49

    Hank49 Solo Diver

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    Barracuda will turn darker and the black blotches will stand out more right after they eat. I've shot a number of them like that laying on the bottom and when I gutted them, they had a fresh fish in their bellies. Great Barracuda. Guaranteed.
     
  9. T.C.

    T.C. Photographer

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    Pearlman and Kharon are both absolutely dead wrong.

    This is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a Great Barracuda. The black spots on the lower rear body make it a Great Barracuda beyond any possible doubt. No other fish have the same profile and black spots.

    What's confusing people seem to be fin shape and coloring. Guess what? Fish can change color! In seconds, I've seen barracuda go from black, to silver, or spotted to silver. But those black spots on the lower rear never change. Relying on fin shape to identify a fish is preposterous with a species like a Barracuda; they can change as the fish moves.

    Great Barracuda. 100% Those saying different need to attend Fish 101 again.
     
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  10. pafindr

    pafindr Loggerhead Turtle

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    It is definitely a barracuda. the spots on the lower body, the shape of the head, etc. I've seen plenty of those big chubby ones hanging out on wrecks down here. They can lay their top forward dorsal fin down.

    Like this one:
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    Chubby one:
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    Dark one:
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