Barracuda, a saltwater fish. There are several species. Best known is the great barracuda, found in the American Atlantic from Florida to Brazil. The great barracuda is a popular game fish. (It is used as a trophy since its flesh is poisonous.) This fish, which resembles a pike, is dark above and pale beneath, with a large mouth studded with long, sharp teeth. It may reach a length of 6 feet (1.8 m) and weigh somewhat more than 100 pounds (45 kg).

BarracudasBarracudas can reach six feet in length.

The Pacific barracuda, found off the coast of California, is smaller but similar in appearance. It is both a game fish and a food fish.

What Makes a Barracuda So Scary?

A barracuda is scary because it has large jaws and very sharp teeth. It eats lots of other fish in the sea. If a barracuda feels threatened, it will even attack a person.

The biggest and most feared barracuda is the great barracuda. It is called “the tiger of the sea” because it is so big and dangerous. The great barracuda grows to 6 feet (1.8 meters) and weighs up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms). It swims in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans.

Barracudas belong to the family Sphyraenidae. The great barracuda is Sphyraena barracuda; the Pacific barracuda, S. argentea.