Big, bad barracuda

Swarming at Dixon's Pinnacle


The last of my divemaster training series from the Andaman Islands. It’s about time, as I finished DM more than a year ago. *sniff*

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Heads up, barracudas

Hundreds of them riding the current


Great barracuda, hovering above Dixon’s pinnacle…

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Ohhhh… barracudaaaa

A large swarm of teeth

Majestic if also a bit unnerving in a school. I’ve seen the cloud of exploded fish after a hunting great barracuda went in for the kill. They could easily dispatch me if they were so inclined.

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A big swarm of barracuda

Swarm

Predatory schooling fish? Yes. Dangerous in any way? No.

Meet a battery of barracudas swimming through a school (though not very visible, really just green specks) of juvenile jellyfish. I’ve seen Great Barracuda (more than a meter long) hunting at night in Thailand and it truly an awesome spectacle.

These come from my final dive off Gordon Rocks, Galapagos Islands. That day few other fish — and sadly no hammerheads — were seen due to conflicting currents and a swarm of thousands upon thousands of the young jellies.

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