Watch the Terrifying Moment a Huge Barracuda Turns On a Dime to Attack the Person Filming

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: August 13, 2023
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Research is filled with opinions from scientists and animal experts who spend years of their lives studying animals in the wild. And while they offer the most factual opinions out there on wild animals, there is no way to know how every animal will react definitively. And knowing for sure whether or not they will attack humans is something scientists and experts can advise on, but never say for certainty. 

Let’s look at some animals researchers point to that they won’t attack humans. 

What Animals Won’t Attack Humans?

Through careful documentation and years of study, research points to animals such as the African wild dog and the common squirrel that won’t attack humans. Let’s take a look at these two. 

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Will the African Wild Dog Attack Humans?

African wild dogs can run 45 miles per hour.

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The African wild dog, Lycaon pictus, though known for its carnivorous behavior and can be very aggressive in their pack mentality as it hunts, is not known to attack humans. While this might be considered rule of thumb, this does not mean that it can never happen.

According to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, two people have been attacked and killed by an African wild dog. So, while yes, in the grand scheme of things, two deaths don’t make African wild dogs aggressive toward humans, it is enough to see that wild animals can be unpredictable. 

Will the Common Squirrel Attack Humans?

Red Squirrel in the Rain. England.

Squirrels can run 16 miles per hour.

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The common squirrel of the family Sciuridae is an animal we all know well. We only need to look out of our windows; you will undoubtedly see a squirrel scurry by at some point. Research here also points to the common squirrel not being aggressive or attacking humans.

However, back in 2017, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that a squirrel had bitten five people. While they knew squirrels aren’t known to have rabies, they assumed this squirrel was rabid because it was attacking people. 

So, we see wild animals, and their situations aren’t always predictable.

Will a Barracuda Attack Humans?

Caribbean Sea, Cuba, U.W. photo, great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) - FILM SCAN

Barracudas are carnivores.

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This next section takes us to our video posted below; a diver is filming a barracuda that is swimming in front of him. He is staying a safe distance back and watching this animal, who is not known to be aggressive to humans

Suddenly, the barracuda turns and, with quick speeds, swims right up to the diver and crashes into the person filming, and the sounds of their camera breaking happen!

This diver is lucky it was only the camera that broke!

Check out the Amazing Video Below!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Itstvan Kovacs/

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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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