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Never EAT this Apex Predator Fish

  • Published on Mar 27, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Tigers of the sea, one of the most brilliant hunters in the ocean.
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  • robert roberts
    robert roberts 3 months ago +33

    I've fished and caught these. They're delicious to eat. Never had a problem.

  • The Breakfast Megapowers
    The Breakfast Megapowers 4 months ago +12

    just wanted to say thanks for the heads up.
    I was in the ocean swimming, ready to unhinge my jaw and devour one of these boys whole. Once I saw your video I knew I'd be making a terrible mistake! Glad to know people like you are out there to spread the info guys like me need day to day.

    • Kamelt Oefan
      Kamelt Oefan 2 months ago +2

      98% wrong.
      people eat this fish everyday, 100's even film it.

  • salsabil44
    salsabil44 2 months ago +6

    I´ve only eaten Barracuda (fillets) two times, both on Malta, and I can say it was the tastiest fish I´ve ever eaten. And I didn´t get sick.

  • Sailing Pantera
    Sailing Pantera 4 months ago +18

    I've free dived with these alot when they are alone or in a school of other barracuda, I've even speared one and the spear bounced off fish and it didn't care about that for some reason and it didn't kill me or mess me up either. I also eat these alot and I'm never ill or dead same for anyone who's shared this fish with me. You should NEVER eat one who hunts on a reef as the barracuda eats the fish that feed off the poisonous reefs. If its one from the middle of the ocean well away from the reefs it's OK to eat. Don't wear shiny jewellery or have anything shiny or splash in the water as the barracuda is completely fascinated by the glittering appearance and will mistake it for prey thus taking your hand off at 90mph more or less. I used to catch these as a child with wd40 (oil) on a hook 😂. If in doubt always remember you are what you eat, this goes for every other species too. 👍🏿

    • Ken Welch
      Ken Welch 2 months ago +1

      Fun fact: WD40 contains fish oil. It also works for catfish.

  • Limping Nad
    Limping Nad 3 months ago +15

    We have been eating this in Asia even before me and I haven’t heard of anyone getting sick from it.

  • fred reeves
    fred reeves 2 months ago +4

    As a child in the 60s-70s, I used to eat and love Barracuda, but sometime in the mid to late 70s, it was removed from consumer consumption; however, back in those days, it was due to mercury contamination.

  • Kent Williams
    Kent Williams 2 months ago

    I remember snorkeling at St. Croix, VI, and had just timed a wave allow me to ease over a reef. I had just cleared the reef, looked up, and there was A large (to me) Barracuda just hanging about 10 feet in front of me working its jaws like they do to push water through their gills. I was stunned and then it just seemed to "wink out" and was gone. They are indeed fast!

  • Kelly Wright
    Kelly Wright 2 months ago +1

    I was watching a guy fly fishing from the shore in Key Largo. He started catching little barracudas and ended up quitting when the other barracudas started feeding on the hooked barracuda. He pulled in like three fish that were bitten in half before he could land them! Never had a problem snorkeling around these fish though...

  • Ken Welch
    Ken Welch 2 months ago

    My last deep sea fishing trip was a bust due to these ferocious hunters. Every fish we hooked was sliced in half before we could get it to the boat. One actually got hooked and we brought it in. I was fascinated by the way their teeth work like scissors when they bite down. It was released after a few quick pictures. Amazing creatures.

    • standing bear
      standing bear 2 months ago

      you should switched to fishing for them. they are really strong and funn to catch and good to eat.

  • Bulsajo
    Bulsajo 2 months ago

    I've snorkeled and dove with loads of them, they are intelligent and curious and I've never felt in danger around them. There used to be one big old guy who would always follow me around on my daily swim at Smith's cove- quite fun to turn around and see the big teeth behind me!

  • Amber
    Amber 3 months ago +4

    I caught one that was a bit over 4ft . I was in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off shore north of Tampa in Florida . At first we thought it was a shark , because of the silver and length. Also we were grouper fishing . My friend fishes all the time and said it was odd to have a cuda down in the rocks and for me to hook it. . It fought the entire time! Eventually I pulled it in and wanted to cut the line, but my friend is against leaving a hook in unless absolutely necessary! Needless to say he ended up with about 3-4 gashed areas on his hand and fingers!

  • Chuck Addison
    Chuck Addison 2 months ago

    Having grown up in Florida, we were told never to eat Baracuda because of the Ciguatera. However while I was stationed on Guam, an associate brought some baracuda to a cookout assuring me it was alright despite my misgivings. I did eat some and suffered no ill effects.
    So I am enjoying this video.

  • nakajarIn
    nakajarIn 2 months ago

    I remeber snorkling around the caribean, decided to separate from the group and saw something long idling like 10-15m away from me, didn’t get too scared and figured it was a barracuda since they slowly open and close their mouths letting you see their teeth, but when I looked around a bit better, there were like 5-7 more and I almost got a heart attack. Luckily nothing happened but my god, its so unnerving watching them just motionless having their eyes on you.

  • Tommy Chin
    Tommy Chin 3 months ago +9

    I have had Barracuda many times in Aruba and never a problem. It was one of the better tasting fish I have ever.

    • Bill Petersen
      Bill Petersen 2 months ago

      Same here, while in Thailand, very tasty.

    • Bradley Gaskin
      Bradley Gaskin 2 months ago

      The problem with barracuda meat is where the fish is caught makes the difference in some areas they eat fish that have consumed unhealthy stuff, that can cause what we call fish poisoning

  • Stupid bird
    Stupid bird 2 months ago +5

    Nothing wrong with eating barracudas, they are delicious.

  • Joshua Gift
    Joshua Gift 2 months ago +1

    In northern Pacific waters north of Point Conception, CA, they are edible, delicious, and quite safe to eat. Fish buying stations will buy them and send them to market.

  • Mothra 444
    Mothra 444 2 months ago

    My dad would fish for cuda a lot! He made a stew out of it and it was quite good. We never got sick, ever.

  • Music Master
    Music Master 4 months ago +11

    I swam with lots of them in Mexico. They were very calm

    • dumoulin11
      dumoulin11 4 months ago +1

      Same here. They tended to follow a few metres behind me which was a little nerve wracking but were otherwise quite calm.

    • Willy Bones
      Willy Bones 2 months ago

      Until they aren't.😮

  • Rikio Rikio
    Rikio Rikio 2 months ago

    Es el pez más frecuentemente asociado a la ciguatera. No suele ser grave pero seguro que te hace pasar un mal rato si te intoxicas.

  • Shooting Bricks
    Shooting Bricks 2 months ago

    Ive seen them underwater scuba diving. I kept my distance and they are cool fish.

  • dennis yannoutsos
    dennis yannoutsos 2 months ago

    Ive eaten a few times and was really tasty. Having said that it might have been yellow tail barracuda caught here in the Ionion sea in greece.

  • ChrisChibnall59
    ChrisChibnall59 2 months ago +1

    Barracuda are called "Snoek" in Afrikaans, and under this name, many tons of them were canned and sent to Great Britain for consumtion during WWII.

  • J S
    J S 2 months ago

    Saw a barracuda snorkeling in the BVI. It emerged out of somewhat cloudy water. It slowly rotated toward me, grinning as they do. That was close enough for me.

  • FORMAN ASAP Locksmith .Los Angeles

    I've been eating Barracuda since I was a child. Not the best tasting fish but, nothing wrong with it as long as it is cooked properly, standard kitchen practices for meat and all that.

  • Bob S
    Bob S 2 months ago

    The odds of one if these attacking you is negligible.

  • Dane Christmas
    Dane Christmas 2 months ago

    We actually eat Barracuda in the Caribbean...I have recently eaten it and I've never gotten a bad reaction from it.
    Maybe it's the type we eat.
    But both Barracuda and its counterpart, Grantackai are eaten a lot in these regions, because they are "greedy fish" thus, easy catch for fishermen
    Care has to be taken when consuming them though, because they are bony. The flesh texture is nice when grilled,, and doesn't have that
    " fishy" taste.

  • James Austin
    James Austin 2 months ago

    I like them grilled, fried, or blackened. Honestly one of the best tasting fish in the ocean if you can get it fresh. You must bleed it and The flesh degrades VERY quickly after dispatch so if its been more than a few hours since the catch, I wouldn't recommend it. As far as getting cigutera, just don't eat the organs and you'll be just fine.

  • Alotl Axolotl
    Alotl Axolotl 3 months ago +5

    'Couta used to be freely available in fish & chip shops in Melbourne during my childhood - '60's and 70's. Not sure if it's still available.

    • MV Norsel
      MV Norsel 2 months ago +1

      Not as popular but My favourite fish, can still get it😅.

  • Zeke Sanchez
    Zeke Sanchez 2 months ago +1

    Barracuda is delicious. Caught some on a half day trip. Fresh filets on my barbecue grill with carrots, onions, celery, butter, and herbs on a bed of rice. YUMM!!!

  • Gary King
    Gary King 2 months ago +1

    Hospitalized for 2 days, but I still eat it because it’s one of thee best tasting fish if not the best.

  • Mr No Name Nobody
    Mr No Name Nobody 2 months ago

    Possibly the best fried fish in the world 🤤...in my neck of the woods they can poison you but we have noticed that fish from a certain area are safe...

  • Lisa Kabula
    Lisa Kabula 2 months ago

    Snorkel with them all the time in south Florida. Never heard of anyone being attacked by one.

  • Jen Logan
    Jen Logan 2 months ago

    Love your content and voice. Subscribed!

  • DarnizzleMan
    DarnizzleMan 2 months ago

    Im from Roatan, Honduras second biggest barrier reef in the work and my absolute favorite fish to eat is the Great Barracuda delicious delicious white meat i either spearfish them which is pretty east because they are not scared of humasn especailly the big ones easy to approach or with a lobster tail behind the boat full speed they will chase the meat

  • John Hoie
    John Hoie 2 months ago +1

    The problem is with mature barracudas. Young ones should be safe.
    Having said that, I wouldn’t risk eating any barracuda.

  • Christopher Jahn
    Christopher Jahn 2 months ago

    I've never gotten ill from eating barracuda. But I only eat them when they're under 3 feet. Very tasty fish,.

  • Albert Coburn
    Albert Coburn 2 months ago

    Used to be canned. My father's store used to stock it,1960's.

  • Eric Kennedy
    Eric Kennedy 3 months ago +5

    These are edible as long as they are under 3ft ... as far as loosing body parts.. spearfishing will get ya that possibly..but I've swam / dove with some around the 4-5fters and never had a problem..oh don't wear shiny jewelry or it and what its on may disappear tho..

  • CruznKnFuzn
    CruznKnFuzn 2 months ago

    On St. Croix we would put the head on an ant hill before deciding to cook it. If the ants die we don’t eat it. Worked so far for us 😂

  • Gottlieb Dee
    Gottlieb Dee 2 months ago

    Maybe I've eaten the right species then but I found them VERY tasty and they gave me no problems.

  • Keith Drummond
    Keith Drummond 2 months ago

    Tigers are solitary...
    Caught quite a few barracuda outside Bermuda.
    No idea how they taste, but they made great bait.

  • Regor Flora
    Regor Flora 2 months ago +2

    Fry, boil, grill, or eaten raw this fish taste good however you prepare it.

  • aaronsm03
    aaronsm03 2 months ago +1

    So he’s talking about fish that are higher in the food chain are higher in mercury. Once he did the chain thing I got it. There is really only a warning to pregnant woman with mercury passing to the fetus.

  • Gary Kleinsteuber
    Gary Kleinsteuber 2 months ago

    I ate one while on my honeymoon in Antigua at the resort restaurant. I had to run back to my room without even finishing. That was a nasty night. 🤮

  • Don Gorgon
    Don Gorgon 2 months ago +4

    Beautiful fish, great taste and texture. Firm, strong flesh, delicious!
    Plentiful in Gambia/West Africa
    What are you talking about?

    • Tom Van de Guchte
      Tom Van de Guchte 2 months ago +1

      Same here in Cameroon, delicious. We serve them here like a steak with the backbone in it

  • Kevin
    Kevin 2 months ago

    A very curious fish. I was watching a Queen Angel once and when I looked around a 'cuda was eying my reel (which was loaded with high viz orange line).

  • Frédéric Colombier
    Frédéric Colombier 4 months ago +14

    Barracudas are Sea Pike...

    • John Fast
      John Fast 3 months ago +1

      He just said they were not. 😮

    • Radd Astronaut
      Radd Astronaut 2 months ago

      Well they look so much alike I would have assumed they were the same genus.

  • Jackthestripper
    Jackthestripper 2 months ago

    They're perfectly edible if you prepare it properly.

    JACKnJESUS 2 months ago

    What? Used to eat Cuda all the time growing up...smoked is absolutely fantastic.

  • John
    John 2 months ago

    Fire coral poisoning. The worlds largest on record at the Smithsonian bit my shipmates great grandfather,a south Florida mackerel fisherman completely in half. True Story.

  • Dvorok
    Dvorok 3 months ago

    I had no idea they couldn't be eaten. Florida Keys are full of them. Thanks for the info. I stay away from them and will continue to do so.

    • Lucas Gaeth
      Lucas Gaeth 2 months ago

      Not sure if he’s factual on this based on the other first hand experiences in the comments

  • Mark Garin
    Mark Garin 2 months ago

    Log ..with teeth and eyes. Don't forget the gulf of Mexico....all over the northern area. Notorious for stripping calf muscle off of legs in knee deep water.

  • Zanagawa
    Zanagawa 2 months ago

    My mom fried them till they get crispy and then pour some spicy sauce over. Yummy

  • Sterling Manchouck
    Sterling Manchouck 2 months ago

    Biggest fish i shot it was so sweet

  • William Kunszt
    William Kunszt 2 months ago

    Passing on False myths. They are not poisonus or more dangerous than a shark. Any large salt water predator fish can have Ciguatera once in a while (Not exclusive to Cuda's), They do not attack swimers or divers. Large and courious Yes. Have caught several HUNDREDS by spear or line and never Ciguata. My personal bigest at 6Ft long and about 40 Lbs. And tried to get close for a shot at a 7 Ft but it swam away

  • Gary Tong
    Gary Tong 2 months ago

    Eaten plenty in East Africa, locales eat them. Never had a problem.

  • AlmostReady504
    AlmostReady504 2 months ago

    People often catch and eat them out of the Gulf of Mexico

  • Brian Kleinschmidt
    Brian Kleinschmidt 2 months ago

    People can eat Barracuda. It has to be prepared properly.

  • Collossus
    Collossus 2 months ago

    I've eaten tons of barracuda. Never had a problem. Probably the sweetest fish meat i ever had.

  • Jason Critides
    Jason Critides 2 months ago

    depends part of the world. in Panama it's a favorite for ceviche.

  • Markie Tena
    Markie Tena 2 months ago

    Just for content🤣 Barracuda is so delicious

  • Cornel Francis
    Cornel Francis 2 months ago +3

    Their a delicacy in Jamaica.

  • MrCaptainCrazy
    MrCaptainCrazy 2 months ago

    I've eaten this fish several times. I'm still alive... Probably won't do it again tho.

  • aaronsm03
    aaronsm03 2 months ago +1

    Mmmm I don’t think so. Been fishing in So Cal since I was kid. Catch barracuda and eat a lot. No one got sick.

  • Patricia Noll
    Patricia Noll 2 months ago

    I always eat barra is enough to try the meat with ants before

  • Zero Go
    Zero Go 2 months ago +1

    Sounds like mistaken identity do you mean the oil fish

  • D D
    D D 4 months ago

    So your reason for not consuming the fish is Biomagnification?

  • Wade Higgins
    Wade Higgins 2 months ago

    They're delicious

  • Arnel Gelera
    Arnel Gelera 2 months ago

    These are delicious in fish stew

  • JakNekon
    JakNekon 4 months ago +1

    Thank you

  • Michael Minn
    Michael Minn 2 months ago

    Bs I’ve dived with cudas almost every time and never had a problem

  • Jose Luis Caceres
    Jose Luis Caceres 2 months ago

    barracudas wont attack humans if left alone, this is all hype.

  • Patricia Noll
    Patricia Noll 2 months ago

    Barracusa reach Mediterranean see for many years already

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  • Sterling Manchouck
    Sterling Manchouck 2 months ago

    Think different fish diet is what makss difference in taste thats why different fish afe preferred worldwide

  • K X
    K X 2 months ago

    ciguatera poisoning

  • standing bear
    standing bear 2 months ago

    total BS. I have eaten barracuda on a small carribean island in Nicaragua along with a table full of others. We had enough to eat 3 or 4 meals from. no one had an issue. Have never heard of a single person having a problem. they are a pure white meat and delicious.

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  • Michael
    Michael 2 months ago

    What is it a barracuda