Pacific barracuda are prevalent from Point Conception, California to Panama. Also called California Barracuda
and silver barracuda, are thin for their length. Rarely exceeding 4.5 kg, they grow to a maximum length of 1.2 m.
Pacific barracudas are slender, predaceous fish with small scales, a large mouth with fanglike teeth, and a
protruding lower jaw. The tail fin is forked and the two dorsal fins are widely separated.
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Pacific barracudas have well-deserved reputations for being a voracious hunters. Fish, such as groupers, grunts, snapper, bream and even young barracudas are among its prey. The barracuda attacks swiftly, charging at its prey at great speed and taking a large snapping bite with its powerful jaws. The barracuda uses its acute eyesight to hunt and will usually move quickly toward light or sudden movement that might indicate the presence of prey. Smaller Barracuda are occasionally eaten but more mature fish can have a type of bacteria that is capable of causing death in humans.