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Pacific Barracuda

Sphyraena argentea

Pacific BarracudaDaira Paulson


  • Elongated, silver body; back often tinted brown or iridescent blue
  • Thin, dark lateral line
  • ¬†Forked Tail
  • Long, large mouth with numerous lengthy, pointed teeth and slightly jutting lower jaw


  • Occasional southern California to Point Conception; rare north to Gulf of Alaska


  • Cruise in small schools, occasionally solitary individuals in shallows, near shore waters around reefs and kelp


  • Preys on grunions, anchovies, and squid

Interesting Facts

  • Length 48 inches
  • Near-shore spawner
  • They have a habit of working their jaws which actually pumps water through their gills