Photo courtesy NOAA Epinephelus itajara This large, solitary fish will defend its territory when threatened, with aggressive body language and a rumbling sound it makes with its swim bladder. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Only sharks, rarely caught, are bigger. View the discussion thread. The huge 436-pound, 12-ounce fish was caught off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.
The following are some giant groupers, the heaviest ever caught and approved as IGFA all-tackle world records. He's finalizing a new analysis of the behemoth, in which he lays out a plan for reopening the juvenile goliath grouper to fishing on a limited, sustainable basis. Somewhere in the warm waters off the Florida Keys lives a fish named Sylvia. They were part of the natural environment.
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The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. In Changing Planet. Among trophy fish caught in the Florida Keys, the goliath grouper has long held special distinction.
He was using a live snapper as bait. Coloration This fish is generally brownish yellow, gray, or olive with small dark spots on head, body, and fins. Three or four irregular faint vertical bars are present of the sides of individuals less than 3 feet 1m in length.
But as its name suggests, the goliath grouper does do at least one thing of note: Habitat Occurring in shallow, inshore waters to depths of 150 feet 46 m , the goliath grouper prefers areas of rock, coral, and mud bottoms. Groupers are protogynous hermaphrodites ; that is, they first function as females and later transform into males.
Grayish or brownish in colour, it is the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines. In humans, conditions that…. However, this specimen was sampled from a population of individuals depressed by fishing pressure and it is projected that goliath grouper may live much longer, perhaps as much as 50 years.
Keep Exploring Britannica Dog. Some Florida fishermen say Atlantic goliath groupers are eating too many fish, but scientists argue the behemoths still need our protection.
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