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One of my ocean dive, I was warned about provoking Barracudas (Sphyraena barracuda) that might be present around the wreck we were diving. I figured it would be no problem, even though I didn't know what one looked like. While we were swimming around, I saw an interesting long fish with a pointed noise and sharp teeth. I wanted to get a closer look, but was quickly held back. Barracudas are natural predators and they are inquisitive. They often circle divers and check them out. Although they are known as pack killers, they usually will not attack a human unless provoked into it. They are interesting fish and little is known about them. Facts that are known:
1. The world record weight is 85 lbs. captured at Christmas Island, Republic of Kiribati, 1992.
2. Barracudas can be found in huge schools of several thousand.
3. The nature, timing, and location of spawning in the Great Barracudas have never been documented.
4. Great Barracudas do not care for their young.
5. Barracudas mature around two years of age.
6. Humans have not derived a way to tell a male Barracuda from a female.
7. No one knows for sure how old Barracudas can live to be, but research shows that they can live to be fourteen years of age.
8. Barracudas have two completely separate dorsal fins.
9. Barracudas are generally hunted for gaming purposes. They do not make good eating fish.
10. Barracudas have sharp, canine-like teeth that can slice its victims to pieces.

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