Swim With Barracudas
If you Swim With Barracudas you are taking a big risk but I did not know that when on a trip to Mexico last year i had a close encounter.
Many people on holiday are swimming in the sea with little or no knowledge of just what is around their feet and on a few of my trips around the world i have been snorkeling and diving and seen just how dangerous these fish can be.
Ok there are many things in the see that are dangerous and you always need to be careful that is why i wanted to share my storey about my close encounter with a large Barracuda.
First off though…. How dangerous are they really?
Unprovoked Barracuda attacks are still a mystery and there is not enough evidence to say why they attack people.. Divers, minding their own business, have suddenly been attacked by a Barracuda for no apparent reason. Sometimes the Barracuda will demonstrate erratic behavior prior to the attack, sometimes not. What causes this inexplicable anti-social behavior no one really knows.
below a young swimmer feels the teeth of a small Barracuda in an unprovoked attack in Miami.
Although these attacks are rare they are still happening around the world and at different times of the year.
Just last month I saw a small barracuda in the port here in my home town of Almeria Spain and as people where feeding bread to the fish in the bay a barracuda came up from the depths and took a piece of bread that frightened the sh-t out of every one.
After my close encounter with the Barracuda in my video I showed it to a dive instructor who i met in Mexico while there on a 6 week tour and he told my that i was lucky it did not attack me as I got to close and that following them is not a good idea as they look at your eyes and see that as and aggressive move and then attack you as a defense move.
Most Barracudas are quit small around 18 inches in length but there are many that grow to huge sizes and can go as big as a man.
Swim With Barracudas
So back to my story.
It was my 3rd trip to Mexico and my wife and i were on a 6 week trip traveling around Mexico and doing all the touristy things and seeing all the amazing sights there. We both love to snorkel and this particular day We were only just a few yards off the main beach and there was loads of small fish every where. Then out of the corner of my eye i could see something long and dark slowly moving in towards me at a very slow speed.
At first i did not really know what it was but as it got closer i could see that it was a Barracuda and a big one at that.
I had just bought a new gopro under water camera and thought this would be a great shot to show my friends once we got back home. As i swam towards it, it just had no fear at all and came right up to me. I soon began to see just how big it was and backed off a little and then it slowly swam off with my following if for a bit to get some great video shots.
See My video below.
Swim With Barracudas
Just last year we had another trip Back to Mexico and this time i booked a spear fishing trip out in a boat with a guide from the beach who knew the waters and told us we would see a new spot he found that was full of barracudas and fish that we could shoot that were great for eating.
One of the things he told us to be careful of was the sharks and barracudas. He said that if we saw a shark that we should return to the boat and try a different spot as it was not worth taking any chances. I like that idea. As for barracudas . he said if one comes up close then we could shoot it as they make great eating but make sure you get it good because they often attack once they are speared.
We had a great day spear fishing and right at the end of the trip we had a few nice big fish to take home and the very last fish I got he shouted out look down there. And as i did i saw a large bull shark below me and that is when we headed back to the boat. I must say that i was the first one in the boat. chicken or not if there is a shark in the water then i am not.
I got my dinner that day
So if you see a Barracuda the next time you are snorkeling just remember to give it a wide berth and take a photo from a distance.
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