Today I gave a speech in French at my school about Barracudas. While some people think about them as cool cars from the 1970s, they are also very cool fish.
I usually speak about sharks and how misunderstood they are, but they aren't the only fish in the sea that are feared by humans. Barracudas have a nasty reputation. They can grow up to 6 feet and can weigh up to 50 kilograms. They like to eat Mackerel, Jacks, Grunts, and even Dolphins.
The species of Barracuda that could be considered most dangerous is called the Great Barracuda because they are the largest and most abundant. They are found from the border of the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and also found in the Caribbean. Attacks on people are most likely caused by the Barracuda's poor vision. They mistake sparkly jewelry and cameras for shimmery fish.
Here are some facts about the Barracuda:
They are torpedo-shaped fish with sharp teeth and some call them the tiger of the sea. The are really great swimmers and they can make fast turns! The can swim in narrow, twisty places and can inflate and deflate their swim bladder, which allows them to rise up or lower down in the water. Amazing!
They don't have many enemies and they can hang motionless and wait for their victim to swim by. They are super fast and have knifelike teeth that can munch on their prey easily.
People eat Barracuda as 'steak' and in West Africa, people smoke them and eat them in soups and sauces. We better keep our eyes open and protect the Barracuda so that they last for generations to come.
Why is the Barracuda so popular? There is a car named after it and a song by Heart. I had no idea about either, just the fish, until my mom started singing the song every time I spoke the word, "Barracuda".
I guess it is a really cool looking fish and enough so to have a car and a song named after it!
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732