Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 July 2016 11:19
The barracudas are back! After a few months holiday away from Twins, the massive school of Chevron Barracudas have returned, and oh how we have missed those smirking, sly little faces. Now that they have been around for a few days, I like to play "underwater meteorologist" and see how quickly I can find the stormy cyclone of barracudas, usually orbiting around the middle and deep pinnacles of the dive site. I often find that I use the barracudas as a punctuation shot, immediately exciting my viewers after the descent with an impressive, glimmering mass of fish. I usually begin with a long shot approaching the spiraling school and then I like to use a close-up of the barracudas swimming by, as their menacing smirk showcases their unique character and physique. Barracudas are powerful, rapacious hunters capable of reaching 2 meters in length and swimming up to 43 km/h to overtake their prey. Adult barracudas are generally solitary predators, while younger barracudas are more prone to congregating in larger schools. Despite their frightening capabilities and mischievous grins, barracudas are rarely reported as harmful to divers. Still, I always make sure to approach them slowly and respectfully, allowing them to envelop me into their lustrous sphere.