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WEST MARINE 2013 SB-310 Wood Floor Floor Sportboat

2013 SB-310 Wood Floor Floor Sportboat

Model # 14272454   |   Manuf. # MS-310/0 FL


Offering unrivaled durability and stability, the segmented wood floors of these models deliver the highest performance available in an inflatable design. The marine-grade plywood floors of these models resists flex to deliver superior handling and more directly transmits motor power to forward speed, making them the top performers in the inflatable category. They’re quick to plane, corner with minimal flex or wobble, and for 2013 have been redesigned to achieve even better handling characteristics and the ability to achieve higher top speeds than ever before. In addition, the weight capacity has almost doubled from prior models and is now the best in class. Expanded standard equipment now includes premium Halkey-Roberts air valves and 1100 decitex, PVC-coated, German Heytex fabric. Complete with wooden bench seat, aluminum oars, built-in oarlocks, lifelines, towing rings, bow handle, inflation pump and repair kit..
  • Application: Performance Wood Floor Sportboat
  • Length: 10'2"
  • Boat Beam: 5'1"
  • Stowed Dimensions: 3'8" x 2' x 1'2"
  • Max HP: 15
  • Max. Capacity lb./Persons: 1322lb./5
  • Weight: 108lb.
  • Fabric: 1100 decitex PVC-coated polyester
  • Tube Diameter: 17"
  • Number Of Chambers: 3+1
  • Bottom Shape: Inflatable V
  • Floor: Marine plywood
  • Transom Construction: Marine plywood
  • Seam Construction: Thermobonded
  • Warranty: Five years air holding/one year parts and accessories

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Choosing an Inflatable Dinghy

The AL-390 is big and roomy for a dinghy, with a durable aluminum floor. The boat in the picture Model 13060983) is made from Hypalon, so the fabric holds up longer in a high-UV tropical environment. Our customers have given the AL-Series boats great reviews on this site.

Our Search for the Perfect Inflatable Boat

West Marine constantly strives to improve our selection of affordable inflatable boats, and we’re justifiably proud of our fleet. Our boats combine progressive technical features, rugged durability and great design, so you can be confident of superior value.

We achieve this with a team of committed veteran boaters like Dave Ungerecht, our Senior Category Manager for inflatable boats, who has guided our development program for over 15 years. A lifetime boater, fisherman and sailor with experience in the golden age of Santa Cruz boatbuilding, Dave is constantly testing the latest designs. He’s a hands-on manager who deals directly with our customers, so he knows the strengths and weaknesses of each of our inflatables.

West Marine inflatables are created by world-class naval architects like Henning Neumann, who has designed many of our boats since 1990. He’s also drawn boats for Avon, Metzeler and several top manufacturers during his career of over 50 years. Dave and Henning are just two of the folks behind our boats. We also work with the top designers at Zodiac in France to continue to offer best quality and features at value prices.

Four Steps for Selecting a Boat

How do you select the boat that best meets your requirements with so many available choices? Just follow these four steps:

  • Decide if you want a boat that can plane (do you want to go fast?)
  • Choose the floor construction that best balances portability and performance
  • Select the right fabric for the locations where you’ll use the boat
  • Buy the biggest boat that fits within your budget and space requirements

Floor Construction and Boat Category

An inflatable’s floor construction is the key to the tradeoff between portability—ease of assembly and compact storage—and the rigidity needed for best performance. A rigid deep-V hull made from composite plastic, fiberglass or aluminum—a Rigid Inflatable Boat—is an efficient high-performance planing hull, but RIBs often must be stored on a trailer or set of hanging davits. Boats with more flexible fabric floors fold to a light, compact shape, but their flexibility exacts a performance penalty. If you want your boat to plane, allowing you to exceed 5 mph, a semi-rigid floor is required.
Inflatable Boats

Roll-up (RU) Boats

Like dinghies, these boats have floors you don’t have to remove when stowing the boat. Roll-ups like our RU3 can be unrolled, inflated and launched in minutes. Floors use wooden slats enclosed in fabric pockets, and you don’t need to remove them for storage. Roll-up boats have a transom, so you can use a small outboard motor. Roll-ups excel as tenders. Their flat bottoms and small engines (up to 4HP) make their performance non-planing, limiting their range to in-harbor, relatively flat-water travel.
Inflatable Boats

Sportboats (SB)

Sportboats are inflatables with a removable rigid floor system made from plywood, composite plastic or aluminum. The floor assembly is made stiffer with the addition of stringers, which run fore and aft to hold the floorboards in alignment, and aluminum extrusions to hold the edges in position. With the floorboards assembled and the port and starboard hull chambers and small tapered keel tube inflated, the boat’s floor fabric is stretched taut and takes on a shallow V-shape. This enables the boat to ride through chop and track in turns better than a flat-bottomed boat. The floor also makes sportboats heavier than dinghies, but these boats are fast and lively with outboards from 6–25hp and offer a great performance for the price.
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High Pressure (HP) Inflatable Floor Boats

Take a sportboat, such as the Wood Floor 275 or 310, and trade the wood floor for a high-pressure inflatable floor, and you have an HP Inflatable Floor boat (sometimes called an Airfloor boat), combining the performance of a sportboat with the light weight and compact stowage of a soft stern dinghy. Its special high-pressure inflatable floor (pumped up to 11psi) is substantially lighter than floorboards and, when deflated, can be rolled up right inside the boat. Inflatable floor boats jump on plane quickly and achieve fine performance using only a small outboard, thanks to their low weight. Our 60lb. HP 310 will plane with one person using only a 5hp outboard. The boats flex just enough to absorb wakes and waves that would threaten to throw you out of a hard-bottomed boat. HP floor boats are a brilliant combination of benefits, not a compromise. And the setup time is very short!
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Rigid Inflatable Boats (RIBs) or Rigid Hull Inflatables

RIBs offer the “real boat” performance and strength of a rigid moderate- or deep-vee hull. Their fiberglass hulls carve turns and cut through chop like conventional boats and shrug off abrasion from cruising gear, sand and gravel, dive tanks, etc. But unlike conventional boats, the addition of inflatable tubes to the topsides makes them more stable, more buoyant and less likely to scar the topsides of other vessels when used as a tender.

Their lack of portability is the price you pay for a RIB’s performance. The hulls cannot be disassembled, and therefore you can’t stow your RIB in a bag in the lazarette. You can deflate the tubes and stow the boat on deck in far less room than the inflated boat, but it still takes up space. Therefore, we generally recommend RIBs for owners who either intend to stow their dinghies inflated on deck, on davits, or deflated and lashed on a weather deck. Their light weight also makes them a cinch to trailer on a light-duty boat trailer.
Inflatable Boats

Compact CR or Folding RIBs

Compact RIBs have a hinged folding transom, which allows the boat to be stored in much less space, and are super portable—we’re talking roof rack to water in just 10 minutes! The hull is made from either fiberglass or RIMTEC injection-molded polyester, and has a shallow V-shape. The transom is a plywood sandwich that is firmly bonded to the inflation tubes. A flexible fabric hinge connects the floor to the transom, allowing the transom to fold flat when stored. A large zippered bag is included for storage, and the stowed boat looks like a giant surfboard in a travel bag. While still large, the Compact RIB will fit on a foredeck or under a boom much more compactly than a normal RIB. It also fits nicely on vehicle roof racks or in the back of a station wagon.

Some Considerations:

Outstanding warranties: West Marine boats have a five-year air-holding warranty on hull construction and a one-year warranty on parts and accessories.

Accessories, valves and hardware: Each of our manufacturers fits excellent accessories like stainless steel towing eyes, strong aluminum oars, reliable inflation valves and heavy-duty pumps to help you inflate your boat quickly with minimal effort.

Our Roll-Up 3 is a flat-bottom dinghy that stows compactly without the hassle of removing a floor. Best for around-the-harbor transit, since it doesn’t plane. The short-shaft Torqeedo 1003 electric outboard (shown in the picture) is a great companion to this dinghy.

Hypalon or PVC Fabric?

The location where you intend to use your boat is the key factor in deciding which hull fabric, PVC-coated polyurethane cloth or Hypalon (neoprene-coated nylon). Both fabrics are rugged and dependable, but if you will do most of your boating in tropical conditions, a Hypalon boat will last longer because of its better resistance to UV degradation. Our Hypalon boats are made of Pennel Et FLippo Orca 215 Hypalon fabric. We purchased a multi year supply of this material, as the new replacement CSM fabric used by other boat manufacturers does not hold up in extended UV tests and will not last as long. This is another reason why purchasing a West Marine boat is a great value.

Now Buy a Reasonably Sized Boat!

There is a good reason we make this recommendation, which may seem self-serving. Bigger inflatables handle dramatically better than smaller ones. The differences between an 8'6" sportboat and a 10' sportboat in handling, carrying capacity and ride, due to the small surface area of the small boat hulls, are greater than you can imagine until you actually try them side-by-side. A sportboat less than 9' long is capable of planing, but tends to be squirrelly on the water, and will fall off a plane easily. 10' boats (and especially 11' boats) have less bow rise when they accelerate and will stay on plane at lower speeds. They are less sensitive to steering inputs so you can relax more while driving them and their larger tubes with slightly greater freeboard will give you a drier ride. Longer boats also have more usable interior volume.

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Shamsuddin mahir lubuk Tanjung Tuan


Oleh Osman Lisut

APA yang dilarang di darat, jangan dilakukan di atas bot. Itulah antara pantang larang yang harus dipatuhi pemancing apabila menaiki bot Tekong Shamsudin atau nama sebenarnya Mohd Shamsuddin Abdullah, 41, dari Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
APA yang dilarang di darat, jangan dilakukan di atas bot. Itulah antara pantang larang yang harus dipatuhi pemancing apabila menaiki bot Tekong Shamsudin atau nama sebenarnya Mohd Shamsuddin Abdullah (gambar), 41, dari Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

Beliau yang berjinak-jinak sebagai tekong sejak dua tahun lalu itu sering menasihatkan pemancing supaya tidak membawa kelakuan di darat ke dalam bot kerana dikhuatiri boleh mendatangkan musibah sekali gus membahayakan pemancing malah orang lain dalam bot.

“Ini berdasarkan pengalaman saya yang turut meminati aktiviti memancing sejak di alam remaja lagi. Malah, ilmu daripada tekong veteran yang saya pelajari turut diperturunkan kepada pemancing baru supaya mereka mengetahui bahawa hutan dan laut ada pantang larangnya.

“Ini termasuk melakukan maksiat atau membawa barangan yang dilarang agama. Malah, mencarut atau menghina kejadian Allah juga dilarang sama sekali diluahkan, begitu juga bercakap besar,” katanya ketika dihubungi Joran, baru-baru ini.

Beliau yang juga seorang kontraktor amat arif mengenai lubuk ikan di sekitar perairan Port Dickson seperti di Tanjung Tuan, Tanjung Agas dan Lukut, serta lubuk sehingga 18 batu nautika berhampiran perairan sempadan perairan antarabangsa.

“Kalau tekong veteran menggunakan kepakaran dengan melihat keadaan alam semula jadi termasuk burung dan bintang di langit bagi mengesan lubuk ikan, berlainan pula saya menggunakan peralatan moden termasuk sistem penentu kedudukan global (GPS) dan alat penduga gema (echo sounder).

“Saya cuba memodenkan pengetahuan tekong dan nelayan di Port Dickson kerana penggunaan peralatan ini mampu memberikan hasil lumayan. Pada masa yang sama menjimatkan masa kerana tidak perlu bersusah payah mengesan lubuk di laut yang tiada penanda, melainkan penggunaan GPS,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, lubuk kapal karam di perairan berkenaan kaya dengan pelbagai spesies seperti gerepoh, kerapu, jenahak, talang dan pari. Tidak kurang juga spesies jahan, mayong dan kalau bernasib baik aruan tasik atau tenggiri mampu diperoleh pemancing.

Untuk menduga perairan Port Dickson anda boleh menghubungi Shamsuddin: 0133105900.

Source:  Joran
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Morning Glory Pool

Morning Glory Pool | The original name of the Morning Glory Pool was Convolutus. It was given that title in 1883 by the wife of an assistant park superintendent, after the Latin word for the morning glory flower, which the pool’s blue color resembles. Recently, however, the pool has started to go by another name “Fading Glory.”

The delicate blue water is created by thermophilic bacteria, which thrive in the pool’s searing heat. Long a major tourist stop in Yellowstone National Park, the Morning Glory Pool suffers from inconsiderate visitors who have thrown coins, bottles, and trash into the pool for over a century. The trash has slowly built up and blocked some of the thermal vents and reduced the heat of the pool, allowing other bacteria to begin working their way in at the edges, creating a red and yellow ring around the pure blue center. While this rainbow hue is indeed beautiful, it is a fragile beauty, as the invasive yellow bacteria continues to close in.
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New Zealand's monster trout

The biggest brown trout ever caught in New Zealand has been hooked in the central South Island.
But could the monster fish break the world record of 20 kilograms?
For taxidermist Bob King it is the biggest brown he's ever seen.
The giant trout was caught in the milky waters of the Ohau B hydro canal in the McKenzie Country.
Otwin Kandolf was fishing near a salmon farm where trout feed on the pellets beneath the nets.
“I couldn't believe it. It looked to me like a submarine,” he says.
He took some photos soon after but it was too big to weigh - so Mr King has brought it to a Timaru butchery with some heavy scales.
Weighing in at 19.1 kg or 42 pounds and one ounce, it’s 3 lbs short of the world record but the biggest caught in New Zealand.
And so after one last photo for the record books the old trout is now destined to be mounted and hung on a wall.
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

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Tip Umpan: Merah, jenahak, kerapu gemar udang lipan


Oleh Zulhilmi Hat

UDANG lipan, udang ketak dan udang mentadak atau nama saintifiknya Hemisquilla ensigera (Odontodactylus sp.) cukup dikenali di kalangan pemancing laut dalam yang gemar menjadikannya sebagai umpan hidup untuk memburu ikan merah, jenahak dan kerapu.
UDANG lipan, udang ketak dan udang mentadak atau nama saintifiknya Hemisquilla ensigera (Odontodactylus sp.) cukup dikenali di kalangan pemancing laut dalam yang gemar menjadikannya sebagai umpan hidup untuk memburu ikan merah, jenahak dan kerapu.

Habitatnya yang mudah didapati di persisiran pantai berlumpur sekitar Pantai Timur Semenanjung dan kawasan karang batu, menyebabkan mengapa umpan ini digilai kerana keberkesanannya menjerat ikan terbabit.

Bentuk fizikal badan seakan spesies serangga mentadak atau lipan yang mempunyai kulit keras bahagian kepala hingga ke ekornya dan mempunyai sepasang penyepit serta enam kaki, mampu membesar kira-kira 30 sentimeter.

Bersifat karnivor dan gemar memburu ikan, udang atau siput karang dengan bersembunyi di celah batu antara kelebihan udang ini menyesuaikan dirinya selain melakukan teknik penyamaran.

Di seluruh perairan laut di dunia ini, terdapat kira-kira 400 spesies yang hampir sama di perairan negara ini. Cara menangkapnya menggunakan pukat tunda.

Dalam industri komersial berkaitannya, udang lipan turut dijual kepada peminat ikan akuarium untuk dipelihara selain dijadikan bahan masakan untuk makanan laut di restoran yang menyediakannya.

Dalam arena memancing pula, cara udang ini digunakan dengan mencangkuk pada kepala melalui kulit kepala di lehernya dan kemudian dikeluarkan mata kail itu melalui mata udang tersebut.

Umpan ini kemudian dilabuhkan bersama batu ladung dalam lubuk berkarang yang dikenal pasti menjadi habitat ikan merah, jenahak dan kerapu.

Are Tourist-Fed Stingrays In The Cayman Islands Unable To Care For Themselves?

Is ecotourism making stingrays unable to feed themselves?
Is ecotourism making stingrays unable to feed themselves? Credit:Jeremy Collins / iTechPost

Tourism in the Cayman Islands may be domesticating stingrays.
A new study published Monday in the journal “PLOS ONE” focuses on how “interactive ecotourism” affects marine wildlife, and whether it encourages marine life to rely on humans for food.
The researchers looked at southern stingrays at Stingray City, a sandbar in the Cayman Islands, where visitors pet, feed and swim with the creatures. As many as one million tourists visit the sandbar every year, so if ecotourism has any effect on marine life, it should be seen here.
“Measuring the impact is important because there’s a lot of interest in creating more of these interactive ecotourism operations, but we know little about the life histories of the animals involved or how they might change,” Guy Harvey told Science Daily. Harvey is a researcher at Nova Southeastern University’s research institute that shares his name and co-author of the study.
The research found that the rays of Stingray City behave very differently from their wild counterparts, who do not enjoy human contact.
“We saw some very clear and very prominent behavioral changes, and were surprised by how these large animals had essentially become homebodies in a tiny area,” said Mahmood Shivji, who led the study and is director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute and an NSU Oceanographic Center professor.
Stingrays are normally active at night, when they forage for food. They are also solitary creatures, and rarely interact with other rays. But the researchers found the Stingray City stingrays began feeding during the day, when tourists were feeding them, and in very close proximity to one another. The study noted at least 164 stingrays bunched together in an area of about a quarter square mile at Stingray City.
“There are likely to be some health costs that come with these behavioral changes, and they could be detrimental to the animals’ well-being in the long term,” Shivji said.
The stingrays are big business in the Cayman Islands, and just one ray in Stingray City brings in as much as $500,000 in tourist money every year. The Harvey team will continue to study the animals and the impact tourism has on their behaviors.
“Right now, these animals have no protection at all,” Harvey said. “Without more studies like these, we won’t know what that means for the wildlife or if we need to take action. It’s unclear how much of the stingray’s daily diet comes from tourism-provided food, but the good news is we have seen the animals forage when tourists are absent suggesting that these animals are not completely dependent on these handouts.”

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Angler Fishing Kayak

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Angler Fishing Kayak

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    Receive a FREE removable Kayak Console with 8" day hatch when you buy a Pungo! This console is perfect for storing items that you need to easily access while on the water, putting them right at your fingertips! ($70 Value).
    Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Angler Fishing Kayak - Leave the motorboat at the dock and explore new waters and adventures aboard the Pungo 120 Angler. The Pungo name stands for "tracks fast and true on lakes, ponds, sounds and slow deep rivers." That's how Pungos have become one of the best-selling kayaks in the world. Beginners can climb in and go where they aim (no small feat for someone new to a kayak), and more experienced paddlers can extract remarkable performance from these boats. Striking the perfect balance of size and manageability, the Pungo 120 Angler is quick, stable, and provides ample storage fore and aft. The included angler package will have you fishing as soon as you reach your spot. Phase3 outfitting allows you to set up your seat to precisely fit your body type. The sculptured high-density foam seat encourages air circulation and the precise-position settings relieve thigh and back fatigue, delivering unprecedented control and comfort. A friction-adjustment system permits settings anywhere within the range of motion for that adjustment. Best of all, you'll never have to land and exit your boat to adjust your settings; all controls are right at your fingertips. Gen2 high-density polyethylene plastic was chosen to provide a balance of all the material properties that make an outstanding recreational kayak. Amazingly resilient for its weight, Gen2 results in boats with thin, stiff walls that stand up to the demands of the sport and minimize the distortion that is inevitable over time. Gen2 also produces a smoother finish with richer, longer lasting colors. The sealed bulkhead and new "turn-and-lock" hinged hatch covers make access to gear easier than ever. Simply slide the lever and flip open the hatch for access to stored item. A new removable Kayak Console easily attaches to the cockpit rim for even more storage and convenient access to gear. It can hold cell phones, wallets, binoculars, cameras, and even small video cameras. Quiet, zero-polluting and stealthy, the Pungo 120 Angler is rigged and ready to pursue the quarry of your choice. Note: Each multicolor boat is unique, and color patterns vary boat to boat.
    Why does the Pungo come in two different sizes? - Because one size does not fit all. The 120 is perfect for day trips on lakes, slow moving rivers and bays. It is easy to paddle and very stable. The 140 is the choice for more speed with plenty of comfort, and its extra storage capacity is perfect for extended trips. Questions about which size is right for you? Talk to an Outdoorplay paddling specialist at 800.994.4327, Mon-Fri from 7am to 5pm Pacific time.
    Don't forget a spray skirt and cockpit cover! A skirt is important for keeping water out of the boat and the cockpit cover helps keep out rain, dust, and things that crawl! A size 7.0 Deck Seals skirt and cockpit cover fits the Pungo 120 Angler.



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    Temporal range: Early Eocene to Present[1]
    Great barracuda and jacks, Saba, Netherlands Antilles
    Scientific classification
    Rafinesque, 1815
    Klein, 1778
    See text
    The barracuda is a ray-finned fish known for its large size and fearsome appearance. Its body is long, fairly compressed, and covered with small, smooth scales. Some species can reach up to 1.8 m (5.9 ft) in length and 30 cm (12 in) in width.[2] The barracuda is a saltwater fish of the genus Sphyraena, the only genus in the family Sphyraenidae, and is found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.


    Appearance and physical description

    Photo of baracuda with coral swimming above coral
    Great barracuda hovering in the current at the Paradise Reef, Cozumel, Mexico
    Barracudas are elongated fish, pike-like in appearance, with prominent, sharp-edged, fang-like teeth, much like piranhas, all of different sizes, set in sockets of their large jaws. They have large, pointed heads with an underbite in many species. Their gill covers have no spines and are covered with small scales. Their two dorsal fins are widely separated, with the anterior fin having five spines, and the posterior fin having one spine and 9 soft rays. The posterior dorsal fin is similar in size to the anal fin and is situated above it. The lateral line is prominent and extends straight from head to tail. The spinous dorsal fin is placed above the pelvic fins and is normally retracted in a groove. The caudal fin is moderately forked with its posterior edged double-curved and is set at the end of a stout peduncle. The pectoral fins are placed low on the sides. Its swim bladder is large.
    In most cases, a barracuda is dark green, dark blue, or gray on its upper body, with silvery sides and a chalky-white belly. Coloration varies somewhat between species. For some species, irregular black spots or a row of darker cross-bars occur on each side. Their fins may be yellowish or dusky. Barracudas live primarily in oceans, but certain species, such as the great barracuda, live in brackish water.
    Some species grow quite large, such as the European barracuda, barracouta, or spet (S. sphyraena), found in the Mediterranean Sea and eastern Atlantic; the great barracuda, picuda or becuna (S. picuda), ranging on the Atlantic coast of tropical America from North Carolina to Brazil and reaching Bermuda. Other barracuda species are found around the world. Examples are the California barracuda (S. argentea), found from Puget Sound southwards to Cabo San Lucas, the Indian barracuda (S. jello), and the black-finned or Commerson's barracuda (S. commersoni), from the seas of India and the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago.


    Photo of diver swimming among barracuda
    Scuba diver inside a group of sawtooth barracudas in Koh Tao, Thailand
    Photo of barracuda head in profile with jaw extended
    Closeup of a great barracuda
    Great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, with prey
    School of blackfin barracuda (sphyraena qenie) at Elphinstone Reef in the Red Sea
    A battery of sawtooth barracudas, Sphyraena putnamae, in Bora Bora
    A battery of yellowtail barracudas, Sphyraena flavicauda off Dayang, Malaysia
    Northern sennet, Sphyraena borealis
    Barracudas are voracious, opportunistic predators, relying on surprise and short bursts of speed (up to 27 mph (43 km/h))[3] to overtake their prey.
    Adults of most species are more or less solitary, while young and half-grown fish frequently congregate. Barracuda prey primarily on fish (which may include some as large as themselves). They kill and consume larger prey by tearing chunks of flesh.


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