Agriculture
Treating peanut allergy bit by bit
Watching out for vultures
Vitamin D-licious Mushrooms
Amphibians
Bullfrogs
Salamanders
Newts
Animals
Sleep Affects a Bird's Singing
Fishy Cleaners
Blotchy Face, Big-Time Wasp
Behavior
Reading Body Language
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
A brain-boosting video game
Birds
Songbirds
Turkeys
Parakeets
Chemistry and Materials
The memory of a material
Cooking Up Superhard Diamonds
Picture the Smell
Computers
Fingerprint Evidence
Nonstop Robot
Getting in Touch with Touch
Dinosaurs and Fossils
Dino Flesh from Fossil Bone
Digging for Ancient DNA
Three strikes wiped out woolly mammoths
E Learning Jamaica
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Earth
Arctic Algae Show Climate Change
Earth from the inside out
Shrinking Glaciers
Environment
Bald Eagles Forever
A Stormy History
A Newspaper's Hidden Cost
Finding the Past
Chicken of the Sea
If Only Bones Could Speak
Stone Age Sole Survivors
Fish
Barracudas
Electric Eel
Piranha
Food and Nutrition
The Color of Health
Recipe for Health
Strong Bones for Life
GSAT English Rules
Who vs. That vs. Which
Whoever vs. Whomever
Who vs. Whom
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
Mastering The GSAT Exam
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
10 Common Mistakes When Preparing for the GSAT Math Test
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
42,000 students will sit for the GSAT Exam in two weeks
Access denied - Disabled boy aces GSAT
GSAT stars reap scholarship glory
GSAT Mathematics
Detecting True Art
Deep-space dancers
A Sweet Advance in Candy Packing
Human Body
Spitting Up Blobs to Get Around
Music in the Brain
Gut Microbes and Weight
Invertebrates
Invertebrates
Camel Spiders
Insects
Mammals
Golden Retrievers
Dogs
Otters
Parents
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Expert report highlights the importance to parents of reading to children!
Children and Media
Physics
Speedy stars
Project Music
Echoes of a Stretched Egg
Plants
A Change in Leaf Color
Hungry bug seeks hot meal
Fastest Plant on Earth
Reptiles
Snakes
Tortoises
Box Turtles
Space and Astronomy
Killers from Outer Space
Holes in Martian moon mystery
Planets on the Edge
Technology and Engineering
Reach for the Sky
Are Propellers Fin-ished?
A Light Delay
The Parts of Speech
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
What is a Verb?
Problems with Prepositions
Transportation
How to Fly Like a Bat
Troubles with Hubble
Seen on the Science Fair Scene
Weather
Catching Some Rays
Weekend Weather Really Is Different
A Change in Climate
Add your Article

Barracudas

Barracudas are ray-finned fishes noted for their large size (up to 1.8 m or 6 ft) and frightening appearance. The body is long, fairly compressed, and covered with small, smooth scales. They are found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world. Their genus, Sphyraenus, is the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae. The larger species of barracuda grow to a length of 8 feet or more and have a weight of approximately 100 lb. Barracudas are elongated fishes with powerful jaws. The lower jaw of the mouth juts out beyond the upper jaw. Barracudas possess strong, fang-like teeth. Their heads are quite large and pointy. In general, the barracuda's coloration is dark green or grey above chalky-white below. Sometimes there is a row of darker cross-bars or black spots on each side. The fins may be yellowish or dusky. The Element of Surprise: Barracudas travel independently as well as in schools, and dwell near reefs or open seas. They are voracious predators and hunt using a classic example of lie-in-wait or ambush. They rely on surprise and short bursts of speed to overrun their prey. Big and Greedy: The larger barracuda are more or less solitary in their habits. Young and half-grown fish frequently congregate in shoals. Their food is composed almost totally of fishes of all kinds. Large barracudas, when full, exhibit the curious tendency to hoard a shoal of fishes in shallow water, guarding over them until they are ready for another meal. Gentle Giants: Like sharks, barracudas have long suffered from an unjust bad reputation inflicted on them by the media. In reality, unprovoked attacks on humans are extremely rare and millions of scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers spend time with them in the water without any incidents. Barracudas sometimes do follow snorkelers and scuba divers across the reef, which can make one feel uncomfortable, but still they are completely harmless unless provoked. Handfeeding or trying to touch them is strongly discouraged. Spearfishing around barracudas can also be quite dangerous, as they are strongly attracted by the wounded fish. Nobody's Perfect: There have been isolated cases where barracudas did bite a human thinking that part of it was a fish, but these incidents are extremely rare and are generally caused by bad visibility. Barracudas will always stop after the first bite as humans are not their normal food source. Barracudas belong to the great order of Perch-like fishes, Percomorphi. Along with the smaller grey mullets and sand smelts or atherines, barracudas form the suborder known as mugiloids. Members of this group are distinguished from the Percoids by the backward position of the pelvic fins, which are located well behind the pectorals. Only some species of barracuda grow to a large size. The species which do are the European barracuda, barracouta or spet (S. sphyraena), found in the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic; the great barracuda, picuda or becuna (S. picuda), ranging on the Atlantic coast of tropical America from Florida to Brazil and reaching the Bermudas; the California Barracuda (S. argentea), extending from Puget Sound southwards to Cape San Lucas; the Indian barracuda (S. jello) and the black-finned or Commerson's barracuda (S. commersoni), both from the seas of India and the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago.

Barracudas
Barracudas








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™