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AnimalID

Name

5423

Great Barracuda

LocationName:

Tropical Oceans Worldwide

Origin:

Official add-on for Marine

PurchaseCost:

$650

RequiresResearch:

No

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

No

 

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Description:

The Great Barracuda is the largest member of the barracuda family. Its scientific name, Sphyraena barracuda, comes from the Greek word for hammer, a reference to the body shape of this fish. The great barracuda can grow to be 10 feet long, although most adults are less than five feet in length. Some of these fast-moving fish have even been known to attack swimmers and divers.

The great barracuda is a light blue fish, with silvery sides and a lighter belly. The lighter coloration on the belly acts as camouflage, helping to convince prey fish below that they are only looking up at the sky. The great barracuda is well designed for speed, having a tapered head and a cylindrical body. They have been known to swim at speeds over 30 miles an hour.

Like all fish, the great barracuda uses gills to breath. As water flows across the gills, a process called diffusion allows oxygen from the water to enter the great barracuda's blood vessels, while waste carbon dioxide is returned to the water.

The great barracuda is well known for its strong bite. When attacking a human, this bite can sever an arm or leg. Barracudas seem drawn to attack shiny objects (like the valve on the tank of a diver), bright lights, or things with sharp jerky movements. For the most part, however, the great barracuda leaves humans alone. Even in cases where there have been attacks, most are not fatal.

The great barracuda prefers to eat fish and other small marine creatures, not humans. This means great barracudas are piscivores - fish that eats other fish. Some of their preferred foods are herrings, sardines, mojarras, young parrotfishes, gobies, silversides, anchovies, grunts, small mullets and jacks, and cephalopods. They prefer to feed on schools of fish, chasing them to wear them out, and then chopping their victims in half with their powerful jaw.

Great barracudas are found throughout the world's tropical and subtropical oceans, except for the eastern Pacific. They are generally found in shallow waters, migrating to spawn each April. Although adults tend to be solitary, the young are often found in large groups, and have been known to use cooperative hunting techniques. Young great barracudas often live in sea grasses or beds of mangroves during the first year of life. The coloration of juvenile great barracudas tends to match these areas, providing them some safety from predators while they mature. Once they are grown, they tend to be found alone, often on coral reefs.

 

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

40
45
70
70

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

5
100
-5
No

 

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To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which tank wall is suitable for this animal?     Remember that all tanks need a tank filter!

How big should the exhibit be and what Depth should the tank be?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

Does this animal perform in a show?

No

 

TankWallName

Purchase Cost

See Through

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Concrete Edge and Glass

$125

Yes

3

500

13

10.4

Atlantean Tank Wall

$125

Yes

3

500

13

10.4

Solid Concrete

$125

No

3

500

13

10.4

Black Bar and Glass

$130

Yes

3

500

13

10.0

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

5

4

 

12

TankDepth
5
 
28

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Saltwater
100
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50

Rocks

10
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18
20

Foliage

25
1
3
4
5
6
8
9
10
11
13

Exhibit Size

100
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7417
8
Sea Grass
8
$100
8.0
7406
6
Divercate Tree Coral
6
$125
4.8
7413
6
Sand Dollar
6
$110
5.5
7414
6
Sea Cucumber
6
$125
4.8
7412
6
Sargassum
6
$150
4.0
7411
6
Red Gorgonian
6
$125
4.8
7407
6
Feather Duster Worm
6
$120
5.0
7408
6
Fire Coral
6
$150
4.0
7419
6
Stove Pipe Sponge
6
$150
4.0

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9235
6
Small Ocean Floor Rock
1
1
Yes
24
$100
24.0
9236
6
Medium Coral Formation
4
4
Yes
6
$150
4.0
9241
6
Isle Rock
8
8
Yes
6
$150
4.0
9239
6
Large Coral Formation
4
6
Yes
6
$175
3.4
9238
6
Medium Ocean Floor Rock
2
2
Yes
6
$150
4.0
9237
6
Large Ocean Floor Rock
4
4
Yes
6
$165
3.6

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

 

none

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

6466
Fake Clam
100
$185
6468
Treasure Chest
100
$185
6470
Deep Sea Diver
100
$200

 

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ReproductionChance:

High

SickChance:

5

ReproductionInterval(months):

9

SickChange:

-12

HappyReproduceThreshold:

96

DeathChance:

10

Offspring:

1

TimeDeath(months):

36

BabyToAdult(months):

4

 

 

SkipTrickHappiness:

 

SkipTrickChance:

 

 

SalinityChange:

-10

SalinityHealthChange:

-20

PooWaterImpact:

5

MurkyWaterThreshold:

60

MurkyWaterChange:

-5

MurkyWaterHealthChange:

-5

VeryMurkyWaterThreshold:

20

ExtremelyMurkyWaterThreshold

1

VeryMurkyWaterChange:

-10

ExtremelyMurkyWaterChange

-15

VeryMurkyWaterHealthChange:

-10

ExtremelyMurkyWaterHealthChange:

-15

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

mermaid

10

KeeperFoodType:

Fish
  Emporer Penguin
Lion's Mane Jelly
Green Moray Eel
Pacific Octopus
Bluefin Tuna
Man

 

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Who do they like to live with and eat?