8 hours ago
Gentle giants 💙
The Goliath Grouper is a protected species and listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. Fishing, shrinking mangrove nurseries, red tides and poor water quality take their toll on numbers. Why anyone would want to catch and eat a fish so high in methyl mercury anyway is beyond me - 40% of goliath grouper caught in Belize had mercury levels far exceeding the US recommended levels for human consumption.
Goliath Groupers used to be relatively easy for spear fishermen to catch because of their inquisitive and fearless nature. They were also vulnerable to mass harvesting while breeding - they tend to spawn in large aggregations, returning annually to the same locations - a big factor to their rapid decline.
They are now protected in Florida and I hope the FWC keep it that way 🙏🏽💙 The Goliath Grouper can grow up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and can weigh as much as 360 kg (790 lb). They average around 180 kg (400lb) when mature. Goliath groupers eat crustaceans, other fish, octopodes, young sea turtles, sharks, and barracudas.
For me they are great big teddy bears 🧸 Huge, cuddly, friendly fish. Please don’t hurt them 💙🙏🏽