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Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 25, 2014 09:00 AM
The common name for Epinephelus itajara is goliath grouper for a reason. These things are absolute beasts, growing to over 10ft (3m) long and weighing 800lbs (360kg). They can make meals of almost everything in the Caribbean, including a 4 ft black tip shark on a fisherman's line. Respect the grouper!

Goliath groupers have been fished to critically endangered status, but since becoming a protected no-take species, their population are slowly but steadily rebounding.  While goliath groupers look like sea monsters, they are known to be gentle giants around divers, as the photo below shows.  Now, if you're a reef shark, that's a whole other story.

It's a bigger fish eat big fish world out there.  Nature is awesome like that.

Goliath Grouper:1, Black Tip Reef Shark:0

This is not photoshopped, and goliath groupers actually get almost twice as big as this guy. Photo by Brett Seymour.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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