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Goliath Grouper Aquarium

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James Lee
• Wednesday, 27 October, 2021
• 7 min read

Cleats died on Friday, and the initial results of a crops shows the likely cause of death was advanced age. “RIP Cleats, being a 25year old Tampa native that has spent time visiting and volunteering at Flag, I can honestly say I’ve grown up with this fish and it's very sad to see him pass, but amazing how many people he impacted,” wrote Chris Jacobs.

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The longest verified life span for a goliathgrouper on record is 37 years, according to the aquarium. They live mostly in shallow tropical waters among coral reefs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys to the Caribbean.

Harvesting the species in the southeast U.S. was prohibited in 1990, allowing the goliathgrouper to rebound. Editor’s note: This story was updated with the latest information about Cleats’ likely cause of death from the Florida Aquarium.

So the announcement this week that the 5½-foot-long, 300-pound grouper had died was met with hundreds of condolences on the aquarium's Facebook page. “We are saddened to announce the loss our beloved goliathgrouper Cleats after succumbing to a prolonged illness,” posted The Florida Aquarium.

“Cleats was one of the most recognizable animals at the Florida Aquarium, coming eye to bulging eye with millions of guests since day one,” said Florida Aquarium president and CEO Roger German Tuesday. As of Wednesday, 360 people had posted comments about Cleats on the aquarium's Facebook page including former employees and volunteers who had close contact with the giant fish.

Some included photos of their children standing next to the bug-eyed Cleats as he looked on from his fish tank. “We are so sad,” said PIL Cliff, posting various photos from over the years of her children with Cleats.

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After being closed for nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Florida Aquarium, 705 Channel side Drive, announced it will reopen Friday, May 15, with limited attendance and programming, along with new standard operating procedures and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard guests, staff and animals. “We are grateful for The Florida Aquarium's continued support to protect the health and safety of those in our community.

By implementing added safety measures and capacity limits, The Florida Aquarium is taking a smart and phased approach to reopening responsibly,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “I urge visitors to practice safe social distancing, wash your hands, wear a face-covering in congested areas, and keep the health of our vulnerable neighbors in mind.

Along with attendance limits that support physical distancing, other health and safety initiatives include online ticket sales only, touchless transactions, staff required to wear masks in public spaces and enhanced cleaning methods. Several interactive experiences, such as the outdoor play area and animal touch exhibits, will remain temporarily closed.

From conducting a deep clean of all exhibits to removing unnecessary touchpoints to requiring online ticket sales, The Florida Aquarium is well-prepared to provide a safe, clean and fun experience for our guests,” said Andy Wood, The Florida Aquarium chief operating officer. “Humans and the natural world are more disconnected than ever, especially during the ‘safer at home’ timeframe, and studies show that the human-animal-nature bond plays a role supporting public health,” German said.

“A visit to The Florida Aquarium is good for mental and emotional well-being, and we are ready to welcome our guests back to provide these positive health benefits.” So the announcement this week that the 5½-foot-long, 300-pound grouper had died was met with hundreds of condolences on the aquarium's Facebook page.

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“We are saddened to announce the loss our beloved goliathgrouper Cleats after succumbing to a prolonged illness,” posted The Florida Aquarium. “Cleats was one of the most recognizable animals at the Florida Aquarium, coming eye to bulging eye with millions of guests since day one,” said Florida Aquarium president and CEO Roger German Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, 360 people had posted comments about Cleats on the aquarium's Facebook page including former employees and volunteers who had close contact with the giant fish. Some included photos of their children standing next to the bug-eyed Cleats as he looked on from his fish tank.

And when I brought my granddaughter there in her marathon Bubble Guppies days, she immediately said, 'It's Mr. Grouper !'” “We are so sad,” said PIL Cliff, posting various photos from over the years of her children with Cleats.

After being closed for nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Florida Aquarium, 705 Channel side Drive, announced it will reopen Friday, May 15, with limited attendance and programming, along with new standard operating procedures and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard guests, staff and animals. “After nearly eight weeks of being closed to the public, we are excited to reopen our doors to fulfill our mission as well as support Tampa Bay's healing process now that our state and region has begun the reopening process,” said German.

“We are grateful for The Florida Aquarium's continued support to protect the health and safety of those in our community. By implementing added safety measures and capacity limits, The Florida Aquarium is taking a smart and phased approach to reopening responsibly,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor.

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“I urge visitors to practice safe social distancing, wash your hands, wear a face-covering in congested areas, and keep the health of our vulnerable neighbors in mind. Along with attendance limits that support physical distancing, other health and safety initiatives include online ticket sales only, touchless transactions, staff required to wear masks in public spaces and enhanced cleaning methods.

Several interactive experiences, such as the outdoor play area and animal touch exhibits, will remain temporarily closed. From conducting a deep clean of all exhibits to removing unnecessary touchpoints to requiring online ticket sales, The Florida Aquarium is well-prepared to provide a safe, clean and fun experience for our guests,” said Andy Wood, The Florida Aquarium chief operating officer.

The Goliath grouper reaches a length of 8 feet (240 cm) and the largest published weight is 1003 lbs. The base of the soft dorsal and anal fins are covered with scales and thick skin.

The juvenile Goliath grouper, which is less than 39 inches (100 cm), is tawny or yellowish-brown in color with irregular darker brown vertical bands. The larger adult fish is gray or greenish with pale blotches and smaller dark brown or blackish spots scattered over the upper part of its head, body and pectoral fins.

The goliathgrouper is capable of producing a loud booming noise, which may be used to defend territory or during courtship. The Goliath grouper feeds primarily on crustaceans, especially spiny lobsters, as well as turtles, fish and stingrays.

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This species is an ambush hunter that feeds during the day, with increased activity during the low-light periods of dawn and dusk. This is accompanied by rapidly expansion of its jaws and flaring of the gill covers which create a vacuum that sucks the prey into its mouth.

The Goliath grouper occurs in the western Atlantic from Florida to southern Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Populations began to decline in the 1960s when recreational SCUBA divers would swim up to the fearless fish and spear it at close range.

This consists of a “threat display” to intruders by opening its mouth wide and shaking its body or producing a loud booming sound (see below). The Goliath grouper will travel many miles during one or two months each year to mate in huge spawning aggregations at traditional breeding grounds.

As the male approaches the female, its entire forebode, from the pectoral fins forward, turns pale, contrasting sharply with its dark rest of the body. The eggs hatch into transparent larvae that quickly develop long spines and a large mouth.

After drifting with the current for 25 to 45 days, the one-inch larvae settle to the bottom in shallow-water mangrove habitats where they hide while completing metamorphosis into juveniles. Large areas of mangrove forests are vital for the larvae and juveniles until they reach 30 lbs.

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Due to short dive times at depths of 100 feet or more, there have been few recorded observations of the courtship of the Goliath grouper. Mike was fighting a fish of a lifetime Friday aboard Chew On These Charters with Capt.

Chance explained to USA Today/For The Win Outdoors that about 20 minutes after the fishing rod was lost, Jenny said she could see it on the bottom in the crystal clear, 40-feet deep water and asked nearby boaters for goggles. As Mike jumped into the water for the photo, the fish made a mad dash to the bottom with Eric holding the rod.

He eventually released the lever drag so line could easily exit the reel, and the rod was handed to Chance, who managed to keep both feet on the deck and bring the fish back to the surface to be released. A 16-year-old girl who went deep-sea fishing recently for only her second time, reeled up an estimated 583-pound goliathgrouper, which dwarfs the women’s world record for the species.

“I was, like, in shock pretty much,” Reagan Werner told the Trinities Pioneer Press on Saturday. Werner, who is from Farmington, Minn., was fishing May 31 near Marco Island off Florida with her brother, mother, and stepfather.

“These things have amazing power,” Paul Hartman, Werner’s stepfather, told the Pioneer Press. According to the International Game Fish Assn., the heaviest goliathgrouper caught by a woman weighed 366 pounds.

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That fish, caught by Betsy Walker off Panama in 1965, is the women’s world record for 80-pound-test line. Thanks to the longstanding harvesting ban, the population is growing and larger fish are again being encountered by scuba divers and catch-and-release anglers.

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