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Barracuda plural[edit]

I was under the impression that there was no plural to barracuda? Isn't it like sheep?

"I saw a sheep"..."I saw many sheep" "I saw a barracuda"..."I saw many barracuda" —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.159.184.45 (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Barracudas attacking humans[edit]

I removed the recently added Baracudas and humans section as it puts IMHO way too much emphasys on the old adagio of barracudas being very dangerous animals while in fact they generally could not care less about humans swiming or diving around them. I took the picture of the diver swimming in the school with hundreds of barracudas myself.

It is similar with the now debunked story of sharks that once were portraited as evil creatures attacking humans whenever they could.

While attacks on humans have happened they are extremely rare (you better watch out for that meteor hitting you) and generally were provoked by (spear) fishing or hand feeding.

The great barracuda page has a fairly informative link: http://www.uga.edu/cuda/attacks.html

Janderk 10:12, 27 May 2005 (UTC)


That is not true because the barracudu does not attack unless it is shiny.Now not all the time but the guy you phoated was in the school and got in there way and they got fusterated and got mad but they did not attack.


"That is not true because the barracudu does not attack unless it is shiny.Now not all the time but the guy you phoated was in the school and got in there way and they got fusterated and got mad but they did not attack." Your retarded, and as such, your argument is invalid. -- signed by jesus —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.238.142.222 (talk) 11:16, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

"Like sharks, barracudas have long had a bad reputation as being dangerous to humans, even though hundreds of scuba divers have lost a finger or two to a large, angry barracuda that's protecting its territory from large, unfamiliar creatures like man."

That line doesn't make any sense. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.17.241.249 (talk) 19:33, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

Max length[edit]

the maximum length is currently described as both 1.8m (6ft) and at least 8ft, which is contradictory. ENeville 15:10, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

I took the 8ft number out. The 6ft as mentioned in the first sentence is the figure from Humanns and Deloaches Reef Fish Identification. Janderk 22:07, 21 September 2006 (UTC)

Geezer1 03:17, 8 February 2007 (UTC)Are Barracuda in anyway related to the freshwater Pike familyGeezer1 03:17, 8 February 2007 (UTC) Thank You Geezer1

Do you like barracudas?

around 6 ft in length and up to a foot in width.
IMHO that is a big frikkin' Barracuda. Should the text preface it with "up to a maximum of"? Most Barracuda in this part of the world are half that size or smaller? --Legis (talk - contribs) 01:11, 25 April 2008 (UTC)
Actually down here in Roatan, Honduras our Barracudas very commonly get around 5 1/2 - 6ft in length. Upsidedowndiver (talk) 15:31, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

Species: S. picuda?[edit]

"Only some species of barracuda grow to a large size. The species which do are [...] the great barracuda, picuda or becuna (S. picuda)"

Is this a typo? S. picuda isn't shown in the species list, and the Great Barracuda's scientific name is S. barracuda.

Weight?[edit]

The article gives some information about barracuda length, but it fails to give information about barracuda weight, and the article should. —Lowellian (reply) 05:29, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

Excellent Dog Food[edit]

Is this right? Could someone add a citation for barracuda being "excellent dog food"? --J.StuartClarke (talk) 12:29, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Added here. I have reverted. William Avery (talk) 13:36, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

Well,any thing with protein is good dog food. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.46.234.18 (talk) 22:37, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Would a dog in nature be able to hunt Barracuda's? Or is a cat able to kill a cow? No. The best pet foods are what that animal is designed to eat by nature. --93.97.181.187 (talk) 22:45, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

Barracuda are not a species of shark, surely[edit]

The opening words of this article:

"The barracuda is a ray-finned small shark..."

Would a qualified biologist care to comment on this?


"...known for its large size (up to 16 (sic) ft in length...)"

Again, very unlikely.

Has the page been vandalised? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Shrekkie45 (talkcontribs) 16:43, 2 October 2008 (UTC)

Barracuda - more info on where it is found[edit]

How common is barracuda? Where exactly is it found? Near beaches? What depth? Do barracuda migrate or just travel great distances? --Zybez (talk) 09:59, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

"Gitaur Hero 3" Really? Do we need this? At all?[edit]

I'm undoing this misspelled commercial for a video game from an article on a kind of sea creature. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.29.69.37 (talk) 00:56, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

some spelling and grammar clean-up[edit]

I cleaned up the spelling and grammar in the section on sport-fishing for barracudas. It appears that the author had written it from his/her personal experience, so it had read "you use X lure with X bait." I reformatted it to remove the "you" references. Sandarmoir (talk) 17:01, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Battery of barracuda usage is unauthenticated[edit]

The source for "battery" explicitly says that the terms used there are unauthenticated. This term needs a reliable source such as a dictionary. Jojalozzo 22:29, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Location[edit]

I was in the caribbean, St. Thomas to be exact, and i saw a barracuda a few feet from the beach. I almost peed my pants. Those things are scary — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigcat1999 (talkcontribs) 22:01, 30 January 2011 (UTC)

Number of species[edit]

The Spanish, Italian and Portuguese versions of this article seem to indicate that there are 26 rather than 27 species (the Portuguese version talks about 25 but lists 26). What is the correct figure?

ICE77 (talk) 08:11, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

And where did the name come from?[edit]

Barracuda? Where did the name originate?

Interesting aside, on 18 January 1832 Charles Darwin wrote in his diary -- ".... the little time I was out of my cabin, I spent geologising on Quail Island.- The day has been very hot: & I have feasted on Tamarinds & a profusion of oranges, — for dinner I had Barrow Cooter for fish & sweet potatoes for vegetables: quite tropical and correct." Moriori (talk) 01:08, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

You say that smoking gives barracuda a smoky flavour. I think this needs a citation.

Caption Vandalism[edit]

"Scuba diver inside a group of sawtooth barracudas before becoming their food in Ko Tao, Thailand."

Something tells me that caption might not be 100% accurate as a description of what took place after the picture was taken.  :)

Made me chuckle, but I'll go ahead and clean it up. "Scuba diver swimming inside a group of sawtooth barracudas off Ko Tao, Thailand." should work, right? Meh, will go ahead with that. Anyone who wants something more elaborate is completely welcome to revise.

Wait, did anybody here ever decide on barracuda vs. barracudas for the plural? Ah, screw it..."barracudas" stays until/unless somebody else wants to change.

24.3.48.180 (talk) 07:06, 27 May 2015 (UTC)BA

Link To German Page missing[edit]

There is a German article for this, but it is linked only from de to en not the other way round. Why? How to change this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.54.28.56 (talk) 09:37, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

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