For All You Piscivores ..

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Photographer and Goliath Grouper, Epinephelus itajara.
Image: Michael Patrick ONeill/MSNBC Nature’s Best Photography 2008 [larger view].

Photographer comment:
The Goliath grouper is a large predator found in Atlantic, Caribbean, and eastern Pacific reefs. Reaching eight feet in length and weighing up to 800 pounds, it feeds on fish, stingrays, lobster, and even small sea turtles. The ocean off Jupiter, Florida, is a great place to photograph Goliath groupers. They tend to gather near old shipwrecks and around rocky ledges.
Photo information: 10.5mm lens; 1/125 sec at f/6.3; digital capture at ISO 100, Aquatica underwater housing; 2 Inon Z-220s strobes.


About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to For All You Piscivores ..

  1. Carol says:

    I thought his leg was in that grouper’s mouth.

  2. Jim Thomerson says:

    Looks like the pacific goliath grouper is a previously unrecognized separate species from the athlantic species.

  3. Ian says:

    Not to be confused with Goliath groupies, aka Philistines….

  4. Justin says:

    That is amazing picture. It’s hard to believe that the Goliath grouper is in the same family with the sea bass. there is a huge size deferential between these species. What is the Goliath grouper’s closest relative? Is it as big as it? What is its predator?

  5. David Harmon says:

    And notice how all those littler fish are carefully staying behind that big mouth…. 😉

  6. Makarios says:

    Interesting why are there so many fish around the grouper, is it because they are small and using it as a kind of protector ?