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Groupers are solitary fish that can swallow their prey whole by inhaling through their powerful mouths and gills. Due to their stout shape, groupers cannot swim fast or far. Instead, they hover near the bottom, virtually disappearing with complex camouflage skin patterns against the rocks or coral reef.

If the Goliath Grouper wasn’t threatened by over-fishing pressure, they could live as long as 50 years. Its slow growth and low reproductive rate doesn’t help its population either.

The largest recorded capture of a Goliath Grouper in Florida weighed over 650 pounds.

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