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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hubert (1587) 2006-05-16 17:53
Wonderful. There is nothing to add.
Luko (14000) 2006-05-16 18:08
I have really bad news I read today about Sipadan.
pls read here a report of an incident taht happened a few days ago, from Singapore's fins magazine.
Sipadan's coral hase been destroyed in a matter of hours, a few days ago, this likely happened from human greed.
Two years ago Sabah's regional gvt removed some small wellknown operators, who discovered and promoted the place, from the island of Sipadan in the purpose of (they said) protecting the reefs from sewage and human effects.
That was seemingly a good point... however a dive operator I know told me, at this time, they suspected some greedy big shots of the local politics to sack off the pioneer dive centres in order to use the land for their purpose and put a poshier resort on premise, that would also be more cooperative to share parts of the cash with them.
Two days ago a boat full of concrete and building material, which had theoritically nothing to do around, crashed on the island. See report. The consequences on coral are dramatic, it will take hundred of years to recover.
Why was this boat unloading building material on an island declared as national park and supposedly void of any human activity?
As a result and because of the local greediness of Sabah politics :
- one of the most reknown dive sites in the world has been destroyed
- as soon as this will be known to international divers, the local tourist and diving economy will be endangered
- Sipadan was a turtle hatchery... I'm afraid this his now history.
- not to mention the good effect it can have on local business customs or practises.
My hats off to these f*cks : "Congrats to you, motherf*ckers, you've ruined a part of the earth just to fill up your greasy bellies."
I am sorry to use your photo for that Coskun but I'm really super pissed of. Sipadan drop off was the place where my daughter learnt to dive, it's like a part of my daughter's life they have taken.
AthaPan (0) 2006-05-16 18:12
mavi mavi masmavi...
Well; I guess all the words are not necessary here.
Just poly kala or cok güzel.
Speak to you
Gari (251) 2006-05-16 18:19
Hola Coskun.Felicidades por captar este banco de Barracudas tan denso y con el angulo de avance ascendente.Colores y textura reales.Gracias.Saludos.
dvlazar (6644) 2006-05-16 18:30
Great photo- very clear and the frame is nicely filled creating an interesting pattern.
capella (182) 2006-05-16 18:43
Merhaba Coşkun Bey. Kadrajı harika doldurmuşlar. Renklerin uyumu ve ışık çok güzel.Dokuyu ve ritmi de güzel yakalamışsınız. Bu resim insanı dinlendiren bir resim olmuş aslında. Tebrik ederim...
onmax (849) 2006-05-16 19:12
Hola Coskun, que decir excelente efecto patern, muy buena toma.
izmirli (3987) 2006-05-16 19:14
düzenli bir ordu gibi gidiyorlar.çok güzel bir komposizyon olmuş. tebrikler ve sevgiler.
drago (4832) 2006-05-16 19:21
Another fantastic underwater shot!Nasty fishes!Thanks
rabani (9645) 2006-05-16 20:18
I'm not yet an underwater photographer but I can see a good capture nonetheless. This is well done and you have taken it, as close as you could without becoming its lunch. Your equipment note is also very handy and will help those venturing underwater photography.
Image wise, even though you have barracudas all over your image, you have one distinct barracuda that become the focal point, or lead, for viewer to look and study your work. Well done Coskun. Thank you for visiting Sabah.
P.S My general thought too about Sipadan as lucidly and vehemently put by Luko. You also might like to climb Mt Kinabalu Coskun, before someone quarried it off the planet.
clarita (654) 2006-05-16 23:56
i had my first barracuda in africa...i must say, it was pretty good.
anyhow, this is an amazing image.
great sharp image/colour (under water!)
sorry i can't give you any props for this...i ran out!
hergi (4541) 2006-05-17 2:24
Çok güzel bir resim tebrikler :)
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-05-17 5:05
This is interesting and unusual. It's also beautifull and graphic. Thanks to share this beautifull picture.
jyraya (397) 2006-05-17 5:16
this is a really neat photograph. The colours are amazing. I live the blue green of the water and the silvery flashes of the Barracudas.
great job. :)
Ramy (773) 2006-05-18 10:08
This is a stunning picture. It seems you are a professional diver! You should try and put this at TrekNature! Very well done! Regards, Ramy.
PS: Will be back for :)
berek (43639) 2006-05-19 0:26
su altından yine çok güzel bir kare sizden. bende biraz hile yaparak su altı işine adım attım :-). Yorumlar herşeyi söylüyor. selamlar.
Meaning Sense :-)
ys2 (170) 2006-05-19 4:43
Uzak denizlerin güzelliklerini bizlerle paylaştığınız için teşekkürler. Güzel bir komposizyon ve notdan okudugum kadarıyla cesur bir fotograf. Elinize sağlık.
isabela_sor (47744) 2006-05-23 11:49
INCREDIBLE capture...again!Perfect photo and perfect note too.
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-05-23 16:33
Balıkların meydana getirdiği estetik doku çok hoş. Düz değil de hafif açılı bir kadraj çok çok güzel. Bu su altı eserlerine hep gıpta ile bakıyorum. Tebrikler
En iyi dilekler
Anna-- (7791) 2006-05-26 17:15
Really very brave!
Powerful visual effect.
zeca (19762) 2006-05-29 1:13
Wow! Wow! Wow! This school makes me remember my dives in the Red Sea. Thousends of barracudas! A dream for divers! You´ve captured it very well! I have some barracudas in my chromes and I´ll scan it soon. Congrats and TFS!
anavazao (5592) 2006-06-20 10:47
Hi friend you have luky I want too!
Beautiful foto with great details!
They are so manny!
rdiaz80 (319) 2006-08-08 19:58
I had the same wall of barracudas experience during my dive here in Palawan, Philippines. I noticed you have all the gear that will capture a great shot like this. You must be a pro-U/W photographer.
I wish I brought my camera and took a pic for comparison but your shot I bet would beat my point-shoot U/W cam. Since I don't have strobes.
Sina (1118) 2006-08-25 6:27
kıskanmadım desem yalan olur. Tüm fotografların birbirinden değerli. Tebriklerimi sunuyorum
xramm (1831) 2007-01-20 13:42
Very good photo, even though I don't take a picture under the sea,I like too much to dive.Regards
- Copyright: Coskun Tezic (Tezic) (17867)
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- Date Taken: 2004-07-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-85 MM f/2.8-4D IF AF Zoom
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