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Need help Identifying this long black fish

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by JessieCho, Jan 6, 2021.

  1. Raphus

    Raphus DIR Practitioner

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    In videos from hawai i saw that type of black barracuda before.
    Looks cool.

    Not sure if its a special species.
    In bonaire a saw a old scarred, fat barracuda that was really dark aswell.

    On this photo it doesnt look that dark, because of the light. But it was nearly black

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  2. js1221

    js1221 Registered

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    I was in Cozumel in December and saw a large barracuda at a cleaning station. He was a dark smoky color, not the bright silver of the other barracuda I’d seen in open water. Is it possible that they change color while being cleaned, maybe to signal the wrasse that it’s ok?
     
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  3. Raphus

    Raphus DIR Practitioner

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    Juveniles can change their color, not sure if adults can.
    This might be possible!
     
  4. Raphus

    Raphus DIR Practitioner

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    I just looked it up.
    The great barracuda can change color to camouflage.
    That might explain why the same barracuda on my pictures seems to have different colors.
     
  5. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    They are in a "vulnerable" position out in the open for cleaning, and will exhibit a dark doninant visible color. It says: "See me? I'm a barracuda, and I'm right here!" Nothing to hide from like when thay are in hunting mode and wanting to be stealth.

    Light angles will also play a role .
     
  6. WinfieldNC

    WinfieldNC Contributor

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    This is a shot I took in NC. You can see the flash lighting up the two in the middle while the others look darker. BA91B281-BF04-4F01-841A-B3DE4F280347.jpeg
     
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  7. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    Looks like a barracuda. 98%

    I would like some help identifying this black long fish in the middle left of the photo. I didn’t see this until I looked at photo carefully. It’s taken from Olowalu, Maui. I tried to do a google search but didn’t find anything. Thanks![/QUOTE]
     
  8. JessieCho

    JessieCho Photographer

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    Nature never ceases to surprise me. Fish can change sex and color whenever they want, it’s amazing!
     
  9. JessieCho

    JessieCho Photographer

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    Wow those are some awesome photos!
     
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