Thursday, November 24, 2005


Barracuda are better adapted to hunting in the coral reefs than, say, a tuna because their bodies,
though long, are flexible enough to move through the twists and turns of a reef. With its sleek, torpedo-like body, dagger-like teeth, and ferocious appetite, the barracuda is built to hunt in the ocean. And that's exactly what it has been doing for the last 50 million years. Any diver who's seen a barracuda attack another fish can tell you that it happens faster than you can say "anchovy." One moment, a barracuda will be drifting lazily among the coral reefs. The next, it's rocketing toward a fish and snapping it up in its jaws.

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