Great Barracuda

Great Barracuda Anguilla
Stuart Wynne 18th May 2017 No Comments

Great Barracuda look ferocious, and have a fearsome reputation in some parts. From my experience though I find them rather friendly sorts, and somewhat shy yet curious at the same time. Sometimes when diving you will get that feeling that you are being watched….or even followed….and when you turn around this huge-mouthed silvery fish is stalking you. It can give one quite a start, but once relaxed in the knowledge it isn’t a rapidly approaching shark, take the time to say hello to Mr (or Mrs) Barracuda. When you turn around they will stop, and turn away shyly. If you approach they will slowly swim off pretending to be interested in something over that way somewhere. If you turn back and continue on your way though, chances are when you turn around again you’ll find your friend there once more creeping slowly behind you. If this behaviour bothers you, they are apparently attracted to shiny things so remove jewelry and other metallic objects. If not, then enjoy the attention, especially if you are a keen underwater photographer.

Originally posted on Instagram @sea_anguilla with the text: Great Barracuda appearing out of the blue over a reef close to Seal Island, part of the Prickly Pear Marine Park. These fearsome looking fish are not usually aggressive, but can often be curious of divers, and certainly be a little off putting if one decides to stalk you for an entire dive. To avoid this remove any shiny jeweler before diving and go about your business as usual.

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