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Family Sphyraenidae

Barracudas

Solitary or schooling predators that feed upon small fish and squid.  They have spindle-shaped bodies, two widely-separated dorsal fins and razor-sharp teeth.  They hunt by moving almost imperceptibly into range then lunging forward with incredible speed, cutting prey to bits if not swallowing whole.  Rare attacks on swimmers are usually caused when it strikes a reflective item such as jewelry or metal mask frames.  Reduce this by removing shiny objects and avoid swimming in murky water.

 

HAWAII

Sphyraena barracuda

GREAT BARRACUDA   KAKU

 

Sphyraena helleri

HELLER'S BARRACUDA   KAWELE'A