- Elongated cylinder-shaped body.
- Slender, long, pointy snout.
- Large mouth full of canine-like teeth.
- Brownish-bluish color on their back and sides, white or silver on bellies. Tail is yellowish.
- They can reach a length of about 4 feet and a weight of about 15 pounds.
- From Kodiak Islands, Alaska to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California.
- Not common north of Santa Barbara.
- Usually considered a pelagic, or open water, species.
- Usually near shores or coastal areas in adult life.
- When young, found in bays in shallow waters.
- A predatory fish, exhibiting aggressive behavior in order to feed on other small fishes.
- Their diet primarily consists of small fish such as anchovies, small Pacific mackerels, grunion, squid, groupers, grunts, and even young barracuda.
- Eagles, terns, marine mammals, large fish, sharks.
- They are distinct from other barracudas due to their silvery shiny backsides, small scales, and the lack of bars or spots on their body.
- They are often considered a sport fish by fishermen.
- They can form long, thin schools sometimes miles long!
Sources: California Sea Grant; MarineBio Conservation Society; Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Photo: Daira Paulson