See the Terrifying Moment a Barracuda Turns Aggressive and Charges a Group of Divers

Written by Hannah Crawford
Published: August 7, 2023
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Have you ever wondered what animals think of us when we film and document them in their natural habitat? Do they like it, or do you think they get annoyed? We suppose it depends on the situation at hand. For this large barracuda, we think he was slightly bored and annoyed at these divers documenting his every move. 

The next video shown below takes us to Richelieu Rock, Thailand. A group of divers have dived down to be able to find where the barracudas live. They often can be found near the store in places such as coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves. In addition to that, they can also be found as deep as 100 meters (325 feet). 

The divers seem to have no fear as the barracuda swims around each diver freely. Each diver took their time to film this large fish. He begins to charge at each one as if to shoo them away from his spot. He has had enough filming for this time. 

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Are Barracudas More Aggressive than Sharks?

Barracudas are impressive fish in both size, speed, and other physical traits. It might be easy to confuse the barracuda and shark in terms of who is the apex predator and would come out on top. Before we can answer that, we have to take a look at both the barracuda and shark in their natural form separate from one another.

Shark (Selachimorpha) Facts

The shark is perhaps one of the most well-known fish to swim in the ocean. There are approximately 512-535 species of shark. Depending on their species, they can weigh anywhere from 1,500-4,000 pounds and reach 5.8-7 feet in length. 

Of course, the largest shark doesn’t even come close to the aforementioned size of those sharks. The whale shark is the largest shark in the world and comes in, weighing a whopping 15 tons (30,000 pounds) and reaching 59 feet long. 

Barracuda (Sphyraena) Facts

There are 29 different species of barracuda that swim in our waters. Their species largely determine what size they are. However, most barracudas are anywhere from 0.5-2 meters (20-79 inches) long and typically weigh 10-12 pounds.

The largest barracuda on record was 102 pounds and reached seven feet long! While absolutely big for a fish, it is of no comparison to the whale shark, not by a long shot! 

So, as we can see, the barracuda is no match for the shark by any means. And if it came down to a fight between a shark and a barracuda, the shark would come out on top. 

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © Angelo Giampiccolo/

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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