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Great Barracuda

St. John USVI Marine Life: Great Barracuda Sphyraena barracuda

(photo of barracuda and snorkeler by Dean Hulse)

barracuda
barracuda

Barracudas can usually be found near the surface. Look for juveniles in mangrove forests, estuaries and shallow sheltered inner reef areas. Adults can grow to be as much as four to six feet long.

 

 

barracuda
barracuda

 

The most important thing to remember here is that despite the barracudas ugly and fearsome appearance unprovoked attacks on humans are extremely rare. They will often follow you around the reef opening and closing their mouth to display their big sharp teeth, but not to worry, they are just curious and don't intend to attack you.

St. John Life Blog Entry: Barracuda