illustration: goliath grouper

January 10, 2014

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.


4 Responses to “illustration: goliath grouper”

  1. groupers are awesome! from the small ones that live amongst the reef to the large one. Many years ago i was diving in Tanzania and one the size of a small car swam past me!

    • blogturtle Says:

      very true crazybaglady! (why are you called that, btw? its funny)

      im glad you survived the confrontation with a giant grouper. (not that they ever eat people)

      they are wonderful fish… and tasty too.


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