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Fish of the Week - Great Barracuda
Gray, with a greenish cast above, whitish below.
Many irregular, small black blotches on lower side.
18 to 22 diagonal dark bars on upper side (not always evident).
Caudal fin dark with white tips.
75 to 87 lateral line scales; no fleshy tip on jaw.
Size: To 106 pounds (6 feet).
Habitat: Young live in inshore seagrass beds. Adults range from inshore channels to open ocean.
Notes: Most attacks on people have occurred when they were wading or swimming in turbid water while wearing bright objects, attempting to spear a barracuda or carrying a speared fish. Flesh of smaller fish apparently not poisonous, but larger fish sometimes very toxic due to ciguatera. There is no safe, reliable way of recognizing toxic fish.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
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