Whereas freediving off the coast of the Azores islands, a spearfisherman snagged a silvery fish. Instantly, he realized there was one thing particular in regards to the “distinct”-looking fish. It turned out to be an “unprecedented” catch.

Luís Rodrigues was spearfishing off the coast of Terceira Island, a Portuguese island within the Atlantic Ocean, final August when he caught a barracuda, in response to a research printed Jan. 19 within the Journal of Fish Biology.

Rodrigues was conversant in the yellowmouth barracudas generally discovered across the Azores, however this explicit barracuda seemed totally different, scientists mentioned.

He contacted scientists, who analyzed the silvery fish, the research mentioned.

Researchers recognized the fish as an amazing barracuda, marking the primary identified sighting of the species within the Azores.

The first great barracuda caught in the Azores.

The primary nice barracuda caught within the Azores.

Photographs shared with McClatchy Information by Luís Barcelos present the nice barracuda. It has outstanding tooth and a protracted, skinny physique.

The “unprecedented” catch measured simply over 3 toes in size and weighed about 10 kilos, the research mentioned. Researchers mentioned it was nonetheless immature.

Nice barracudas “can develop to over 5 feet long and over 100 kilos,” in response to the Florida Museum. They’re “ambush” hunters capable of attain “speeds as much as 35 mph” in brief bursts and are thought-about harmful to people as a result of they “will mistakenly assault shiny objects or fish caught on spears.”

The first great barracuda caught in the Azores.

The primary nice barracuda caught within the Azores.

Rodrigues caught the nice barracuda whereas about 30 toes underwater and was diving with no tank, the research mentioned.

The Azores are a Portuguese island archipelago about 1,000 miles west of mainland Portugal.

The analysis workforce included Luís Barcelos, João B. Barreiros and João P. Barreiros. Fundo Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia and the Grupo da biodiversidade dos açores on the Heart for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Modifications had been additionally concerned within the analysis.

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