Patrick....I don't like those Barracuda either! I'm more afraid of them than I am of sharks. Sharks don't bother me...and you usually have to provoke them for them to attack.
Barracuda are very territorial....and those teeth and that lightning speed they have...scare the hell out of me.
I was snorkeling at Mexico Rocks one time and was in an area where the coral was in a corral formation....reaching a height of just under the surface....with one entrance.
I was minding my own business when this huge Barracuda decided to pay me a visit.
Problem was...he just hung in the doorway....no way out!
After about a 5 minute stare down....he snapped his jaws....like he was licking his chops.
I said..."Oh no....not gonna be YOUR lunch"...and I too...bolted straight at him.
He took off....and I swam like hell for the safety of the boat....LOL
When I reached the boat...the dive master looked down at me in the water..and laughed. He said."What's the matter?"
I said.."those #@%[email protected]
He just laughed. He did tell me that was the best way to scare them off...was to shoot straight at them as fast as you could.
He said they don't really see you as food...they see you as an intruder in their area....and because you are bigger...they will retreat when you challenge them.
I still hate 'em....LOL