|Barracudas are large pelagic fishes with elongated bodies, protruding lower jaw and large teeth. Small or young fishes are often found schooling. Larger fishes are more solitary. They are voracious predators of other fishes and have been known to attack humans. They are considered a food and game fish. However, large specimens of the great barracuda have been associated with ciguatera poisoning which can cause debilitating gastrointestinal or neurological symptoms in humans who ingest the flesh of this species. Death due to heart or respiratory failure can occur in rare cases.