Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) with scuba diver near the Bentwood wreck off the coast of Key Largo, Florida USA. Photo by Hal Brindley

Daily Creature 26: Great Barracuda

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Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) with scuba diver near the Benwood wreck off the coast of Key Largo, Florida USA. Photo by Hal Brindley

Great Barracuda

(Sphyraena barracuda)

The Great Barracuda has two rows of very sharp teeth! The outside edge is like serrations on a saw, while the inside row consists of large separated daggers.

This large, somewhat creepy-looking fish, has a habit of following divers around. Attacks on humans are rare, most often attributed to a barracuda attempting to steal prey from spear-fishermen. Barracuda may also confuse a shiny object for food. Remember to take off your shiny rings when diving!

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