The Barracuda is a fish on which you can write a lot of things, due to the fact that human imagination aided by lieterature and some film second only to “the great white”, have created over time a series of urban legends mainly related to the tropical barracuda not present in Med waters and which can exceed 50kg weight. Let’s begin to disassemble few legends. It is not a poisonous fish, however, in some countries, particularly in the Caribbean – they can, being at the apex of the food chain, accumulating an algal toxin, (potentially deadly neurotoxin), ciguatoxin (disease called ciguatera ). Luckily in Med waters this microscopic alga is not present so the Ciguatera does not exist. The Barracuda is a fish is curious, sometimes aggressive with its preys and lures, but from here to turn it into a killer, and in addition for humans, it takes a long way! Among the things true instead I can say that this fish has inspired may artists, for the more mature I quote the Standells (1967), and for the younger the beautiful song of the 80’s by Ann Wilson, covered by Fergie, Anastacia and others!
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You lying so low in the weeds
I bet you gonna ambush me
You’d have me down on my knees
Now wouldn’t you, Barracuda?
text and photo Antonio Varcasia