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Can A Grouper Eat A Man

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Carole Stephens
• Tuesday, 15 June, 2021
• 7 min read

The Goliath Grouper (formerly known as the Jewish) all-tackle world record was set back in 1961, in Fernanda Beach, FL…that fish was a colossal 680 POUNDS. So now that we’ve established their impressive size, it’s easy to question why in the hell a spear fishermen would get so close to one out in open water.

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If that dinosaur didn’t come along and try to swallow that guy whole maybe a bull shark would have swum by for a tasty (bloody) treat. If you are referring to the fish known as grouper, a true vegetarian would say “No” and would not eat it.

Reef groupers are eaten by larger fish like sharks, eels, and rays. Giant grouper can grow to 8 feet, and they are eaten by sharks.

The Goliath grouper, capable of growing to 800 pounds, bobs around the reefs and swallows the occasional crab or passing fish. As fishermen tell it, these marine blimps hover in wait of easy meals, parking themselves next to fishing boats and snatching someone else's hard-won catch off the line.

They face strong opposition from environmentalists, divers and some scientists, who relish the opportunity to see these enormous, surprisingly curious fish just a few hundred yards from South Florida's condo towers. “If you sit still, they'll come to you and see what's going on,” said Kevin Metz, owner of Underwater Explorers of Boynton Beach, whose business from August through October consists almost exclusively of taking divers to see Goliath groupers at a submerged wreck.

Brian Sanders of Davie has taken famous South Floridians including former Miami Dolphins' linebacker Zach Thomas and former pro wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fishing for Goliath. Written comments to the wildlife commission in support of allowing them to be taken again describe similar experiences.

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Whether to allow them to be killed, the wildlife commission has received 439 written comments so far, the majority from fishermen who blame the resurgence of Goliath groupers for a decline in the number of other fish. “They eat massive amounts of reef fish to maintain and grow to these huge weights.

But Christopher Koenig, a biologist at Florida State University who studies the Goliath grouper, said his research on their diet refutes the idea that they have much impact on reef fish, whether grabbed from fishing lines or through the Goliath grouper's own enterprise. Known until 2001 by the politically incorrect name “Jewish,” the Goliath grouper had sustained a sharp decline due to overfishing for its meat, the loss of coastal habitat for young fish and the inherent vulnerabilities of a long-lived species that takes years to reach sexual maturity.

The species is classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the global authority on the status of wildlife populations. “Recent stock assessment indicates abundance in South Florida has greatly increased since the fishery closed in 1990,” said Amanda Valley, spokeswoman for the wildlife commission.

“While a limited harvest of smaller-sized fish in south Florida is unlikely to harm the population, the FCC also wants to take into consideration stakeholder perspectives. Sylvia Earle, one of the world's foremost marine biologists, who was named a Hero for the Planet by Time magazine, strongly supports keeping the ban, saying that living Goliath groupers are ecological treasures that support a growing tourism industry.

All groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. Due to their preferred habitat around coral reefs, groupers are accessible primarily by hook-and-line fishing.

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Like all seafood in Florida, the harvesting of grouper is closely monitored and regulated to ensure healthy stocks as a naturally renewable and sustainable resource. Red groupers are members of the sea bass family, Serranidae, and are found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide.

The Serranidae has over 400 species which are found around coral reefs and rock outcroppings of the coastal shelf. Due to their preferred habitat, groupers and other family members are accessible by hook-and-line fishing and less vulnerable to trawl fishery.

It can be used in almost any seafood recipe and its unique flavor comes out beautifully with a touch of mild seasoning and fresh herbs. BUYING, STORAGE AND HANDLING Remember to purchase seafood last and keep it cold during the trip home.

Fresh whole fish should have: -- A shiny surface with tightly adhering scales.-- Gills that are deep red or pink, free of slime, mucus and off-odor.-- Clean shiny belly cavity with no cuts or protruding bones.-- A mild aroma, similar to the ocean. Fresh steaks, fillets and loins should have: -- A translucent look.-- Flesh that is firm and not separating.-- A mild odor, similar to the ocean.-- No discoloration.-- Packaging that keeps them from being bent in an unnatural position.

Do not overcook.• Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.• Poaching, steaming, baking, broiling, sautéing, microwaving are excellent low-fat cooking methods, if you do not add high fat ingredients.• Marinate in your favorite salad dressing prior to cooking.• Broil, bake, steam or microwave, then cube and add to pasta or salad greens for a delicious salad.• Broil or grill with lime-butter and seasoned salt. The reticulated python, the longest living species of snake in the world, are constrictors, meaning they coil around their prey and squeeze them until they're dead in just a couple of minutes.

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Such a nightmare occurred earlier this week, when a 23-foot reticulated python swallowed whole an Indonesian farmer. Humans, unfortunately, fit into the general, mammal-heavy diet of the reticulated python, which can grow between 20 and 25 feet long.

Pythons often eat primates, including monkeys, sometimes orangutans and, seldom, people. The python stealthily lies in wait along a game trail, edges of waterways or any other place where they would find unsuspecting prey.

Then, Greene said, “literally within a few seconds,” it would wrap its powerful coils around a person's body, cutting off blood circulation to the brain, blocking off airways and preventing the chest from expanding. “Big pythons are incredibly powerful animals with huge muscles to both move and eat and constrict,” said Stephen Vessel, a professor at the College of the Atlantic.

Pythons can swallow humans because their lower jaw is indirectly attached to their skull, allowing it to expand. Over the course of about an hour, Greene estimates, the snake would walk its teeth over a person's body until it is completely inside the animal's stomach.

In a study he did with Thomas N. Headland, Greene found reticulated pythons killed at least six Filipino hunter-gatherers from 1934 to 1973. The study found it was pretty common for humans to be attacked by reticulated pythons.

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Greene, an emeritus professor in Cornell's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, said the case of Akbar is special because there's video evidence of his body being pulled from the snake. (9 September 2006, Florida) A fearsome mythical giant named Goliath was felled by David's humble sling.

But a modern leviathan vs. a speargun is another tale altogether, as a 42-year-old man named Gary discovered. These muscular fish can weigh 600 pounds, yet underwater hunters voluntarily choose to tether themselves to the creatures with speargun, in defiance of both the law and common sense.

They are quite illegal to hunt, and are generally too tough and wormy to eat, so killing one gives the spearfished bragging rights only. Of this elite group, our Darwin Award winner further distinguished himself by disregarding one essential spearfishing precaution.

Yes, the Bible teaches there are meats that are designated as “unclean” (or unfit) for human consumption. These laws are not ceremonial, but rather, they reveal God’s design of the animals and our digestive system.

Only clean animals might be offered to God as sacrifices” (Honduran Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, 1991, p. 169). It doesn’t explain exactly why specific animals are listed as clean or unclean, but we can know that whatever God tells us to do is for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13).

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And just as our physical fathers taught us, God educates us on many aspects of living, and that includes which meats we caveat and those which He prohibits us from eating. The meats God defines as clean and unclean are differentiated in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.

This knowledge goes back much further, though, since Noah knew which animals were clean and unclean before the Flood. God told Noah to build an ark to save all the kinds of animals from the Flood.

Bass, cod, flounder, grouper, salmon, snapper, trout and tuna all fit this category. Since catfish, lobsters, crabs, shrimp and many other water creatures do not have fins and scales, God says we should not eat them.

These types of animals include antelope, cattle, goat, elk and deer. On the other hand, rabbits and pigs do not qualify as being clean and good to eat.

Some suggest that better quality feed for unclean animals and modern cooking methods remove the need to follow these dietary laws. Leviticus 11:43-44 tells us that we are made holy (set apart) by obeying these laws and are defiled by disobeying them.

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The Levitical priesthood was given the responsibility to teach the people the difference between “the holy and the unholy” and to help them “discern between the unclean and the clean” (Ezekiel 44:23). However, by examining their physical characteristics in light of God’s Word, we determine whether they are fit for humans to eat.

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