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Goliath Grouper Attacks On Humans

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Brent Mccoy
• Thursday, 17 June, 2021
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While diving in 80-foot deep waters off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, spear fisherman Arif Saber had a standoff with a seemingly fearless and ferocious goliathgrouper, which Grind TV estimated was 300- to 400-pounds. Saber had just caught a lesser amber jack with his spearfish gun, he told Grind TV, when he noticed the large grouper eyeing him and closing the distance in between them.

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The video, shot by his wife using a GoPro 3, shows the hefty fish as he nips at the man's flipper, tearing it off, and then goes straight for his catch with its powerful jaw. But, even if the diver wasn't familiar with that specific size of this type of fish, Goliath groupers have been known to roam western Atlantic waters near Florida.

Shark news: Terrifying moment huge hammerhead rips apart victim in brutal attack (Image: GETTY) The Hammerhead usually feeds on smaller sharks like the Blacktop (Image: GETTY)Mr O’Neill said the Grouper was around 200 to 300 pounds heavy, and is normally found on the ocean floor.

It comes as a Great White shark and a diver were locked in a near-death battle (Image: GETTY)”The hammerhead was having a hard time.” It comes as a Great White shark and a diver were locked in a near-death battle after the beast charged at him in a terrifying moment.

One of the divers said he was sure of the shark’s threat when its tail fin broke the surface (Image: GETTY)The incredible battle played out in calm waters off Rottenest Island in Australia on Sunday afternoon after the 12-foot beast smelt blood. The men aimed their fishing guns at the Great white as it circled closer to the two friends and tried to charge at them.

I learned about it from a buddy diver who excitedly told me to go diving with him upon a prompt from a classmate in high school who happened to be the mayor of that town. Probably, I am lucky that the Goliath grouper (Epimetheus quinquefasciatus) I encountered several minutes when I plunged into the water was still a juvenile.

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I brought with me my automatic Nikon camera encased in a plastic casing to make it water-resistant as taking pictures is a pleasure for me each time I travel. I grabbed the camera hanging by a tough nylon string around my wrist, and took a video of the Goliath grouper following my buddy.

Despite the huge size of the Goliath grouper, they seem to be docile fishes although there are reports that they do attack humans. I saw one video that says so but analyzing the situation, I thought the reason was mainly to feed, not really to attack.

The moving fins attracted the grouper thinking probably that it was its prey and snapped on it. When the juveniles are older, they migrate to the coral reefs and stay there for more than 40 years.

The nearshore environment is a fragile one that should be protected or conserved considering the highly complex life that intertwine in mangrove ecosystems. About The Author Regional, Patrick Dr. Patrick A. Regional mentored graduate and undergraduate students for more than two decades and engaged in various university and externally-funded national and international research projects as a consultant.

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He likes running 2-3 miles, 3-4 times a week thus finished a 21K in 2019, and recently learned to cook at home due to COVID-19. The giant of the grouper family, the Goliath (formerly called Jewish) has brown or yellow mottling with small black spots on the head and fins, a large mouth with jawbones that extend well past its small eyes, and a rounded tail.

The skeletal structure of large Goliath grouper cannot adequately support their weight out of the water without some type of damage. If a large Goliath is brought on-board a vessel or out of the water, it is likely to sustain some form of internal injury and therefore be considered harvested.

Goliath grouper populations declined throughout their range during the 1970s and 1980s due to increased fishing pressure from commercial and recreational fishers and divers. At their July 2014 meeting in Key Largo, this committee reviewed the most up-to-date scientific information on goliathgrouper and recommended a new stock assessment for this species.

As a result, the most recent stock assessment, conducted by the FCC was completed in June 2016 (Sedan 47). The stock assessment indicates abundance in south Florida has greatly increased since the fishery closed in 1990.

However, in the final step of the review process, the assessment was rejected by an independent panel of scientists for use in federal management due to a lack of reliable indicators of abundance outside south Florida. Goliath are also susceptible to large scale mortality events such as cold temperatures and red tide blooms.

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When not feeding or spawning, adult Goliath groupers are generally solitary, sedentary and territorial. Before the goliathgrouper reaches full-size it is preyed upon by barracuda, king mackerel and moray eels, as well as sandbar and hammerhead sharks.

Calico crabs make up the majority of their diet, with other invertebrate species and fish filling in the rest. Reproductive maturity first occurs in fish 5 or 6 years of age (about 36 inches in length) due to their slow growth rate.

Males mature at a smaller size (about 42 inches) and slightly younger age than females. These groups occur at consistent sites such as wrecks, rock ledges and isolated patch reefs during July, August and September.

Studies have shown fish may move up to 62 miles (100 km) from inshore reefs to these spawning sites. In southwest Florida, presumed courtship behavior has been observed during the full moons in August and September.

I'm betting it's a protected species, hence the aggressive attitude towards humans and lack of putting a spear through its gills. The reality check is in the mail.--Cave-InIf I don't respond to you, it's probably because you're an asshole and on my ignore list.

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Joined Jan 2001 Posts 7233 EE Offline They are some curious fuckers for sure, had this one follow me around for a whole dive in Roman.

Originally Posted By Ninepin:They are some curious fuckers for sure, had this one follow me around for a whole dive in Roman. Every time I turned around his face was right there in mine.

Originally Posted By Jellybean:It mistook the fin for food. Almost all shark attacks are because they thought the person was food.

How is it not an “attack” if the animal trying to eat you is doing it because you look tasty vs because it dislikes you on a personal level? The reality check is in the mail.--Cave-InIf I don't respond to you, it's probably because you're an asshole and on my ignore list.

They were almost fished to extinction down here a couple of decades ago. They have made a remarkable comeback though, and they are some big sum bitches.

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Attack = multiple bites trying to kill/eat that diver. As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

Joined Feb 2012 Posts 2808 EE Offline “When there is a crisis, the first thing that gets damaged and gets harmed is democracy...

Originally Posted By Jellybean:Attack = multiple bites trying to kill/eat that diver. As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

Attack = multiple bites trying to kill/eat that diver. As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

Joined Aug 2007 Posts 1831 EE Offline Some fatty decided it would be funny to hold her finger out doing the come hither movement.

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Originally Posted By jestice75:When sharks mistake your ass for food, we call that an attack. When sharks mistake your ass for food, we call that an attack.

How is it not an “attack” if the animal trying to eat you is doing it because you look tasty vs because it dislikes you on a personal level? Almost all shark attacks are because they thought the person was food.

How is it not an “attack” if the animal trying to eat you is doing it because you look tasty vs because it dislikes you on a personal level? If I nibble on your hand trying to get your ice cream, it's not the same as if I just start tearing into your arm.

Attack = multiple bites trying to kill/eat that diver. As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

Joined Aug 2007 Posts 1832 EE Offline If I nibble on your hand trying to get your ice cream, it's not the same as if I just start tearing into your arm.

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Originally posted by Notified, “I kinda feel like GD is the Ralph Wig gum of the internet. Originally Posted By from:Better a Jewish than a shark.

I once asked if a giant grouper was a “Jewish” at the Texas State Aquarium. I'm fluent in three languages: English, sarcasm and profanity. He looked around, and death was standing behind him, who said, “Follow me.

Joined Mar 2010 Posts 2250 EE Offline If I nibble on your hand trying to get your ice cream, it's not the same as if I just start tearing into your arm.

If I nibble on your hand trying to get your ice cream, it's not the same as if I just start tearing into your arm. The reality check is in the mail.--Cave-InIf I don't respond to you, it's probably because you're an asshole and on my ignore list.

Joined Jul 2005 Posts 8843 EE Offline Originally Posted By bcw107:I once asked if a giant grouper was a “Jewish” at the Texas State Aquarium.

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I once asked if a giant grouper was a “Jewish” at the Texas State Aquarium. They're official name was Jewish (for the exact reason shown in the video) until a couple of decades ago when political correctness mandated a change to GoliathGrouper.

They've shown a few GG vs. spear fisherman conflicts on Catching Hell. The GG doesn't seem to be to terribly concerned about divers.

Joined Mar 2010 Posts 2252 EE Offline Originally Posted By CasualObserver:They're official name was Jewish (for the exact reason shown in the video) until a couple of decades ago when political correctness mandated a change to GoliathGrouper.

I once asked if a giant grouper was a “Jewish” at the Texas State Aquarium. They're official name was Jewish (for the exact reason shown in the video) until a couple of decades ago when political correctness mandated a change to GoliathGrouper.

I'm betting it's a protected species, hence the aggressive attitude towards humans and lack of putting a spear through its gills. Grouper isn't a protected species, but I don't know what the King says about spearfishing rules in Florida waters.

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Joined Mar 2010 Posts 2255 EE Offline Originally Posted By Sutton: Grouper isn't a protected species, but I don't know what the King says about spearfishing rules in Florida waters.

I'm betting it's a protected species, hence the aggressive attitude towards humans and lack of putting a spear through its gills. Grouper isn't a protected species, but I don't know what the King says about spearfishing rules in Florida waters.

Lot of different species of grouper, Goliath's are protected. The reality check is in the mail.--Cave-InIf I don't respond to you, it's probably because you're an asshole and on my ignore list.

Originally Posted By saabdrifter:I went snorkeling off Catalina Island. Some fatty decided it would be funny to hold her finger out doing the come hither movement.

Originally Posted By Blog:First chomp was on the dude's foot. Almost all shark attacks are because they thought the person was food.

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How is it not an “attack” if the animal trying to eat you is doing it because you look tasty vs because it dislikes you on a personal level? If I nibble on your hand trying to get your ice cream, it's not the same as if I just start tearing into your arm.

Groupers aren't as smart as naughty girls. Since they can't possibly perform even the most mediocre self-analysis, they simply resort to blaming others for their own shortcomings.

Joined Feb 2003 Posts 1994 EE Offline Originally Posted By Blog:A Lot of different species of grouper, Goliath's are protected.

I'm betting it's a protected species, hence the aggressive attitude towards humans and lack of putting a spear through its gills. Grouper isn't a protected species, but I don't know what the King says about spearfishing rules in Florida waters.

Had about a 800lb Jewish try to ram me in the chest diving the hole at the end of the phosphate dock in Coca Grande Pass one day. (gags) There are usually tens of smaller ones that will follow you around up by where the train fell through the dock years ago.

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Scare the piss out of you when is is only 4-5' and all of a sudden there is a huge VW bug right in front of your face. Very curious fish. Will follow you around at arms reach just watching.

Was looking for halibut a few weeks ago and got in the middle of about 10-15 young ones. Supposedly a rare, once in a lifetime experience. That is the 5th time I've seen such a group.

They're official name was Jewish (for the exact reason shown in the video) until a couple of decades ago when political correctness mandated a change to GoliathGrouper. I'm just a casual observer, the effete snob upon the hill with the fine wine and the opera glasses, gazing down upon your little battlefield and looking alternately aghast and bemused.

I once asked if a giant grouper was a “Jewish” at the Texas State Aquarium. They're official name was Jewish (for the exact reason shown in the video) until a couple of decades ago when political correctness mandated a change to GoliathGrouper.

Joined Feb 2011 Posts 308 EE Offline I watched a spear fisherman get towed at least 20 yards across a wreck in the keys when a pretty big Jewish decided it wanted the fish that was on his spear.

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Originally Posted By White_Shark:I watched a spear fisherman get towed at least 20 yards across a wreck in the keys when a pretty big Jewish decided it wanted the fish that was on his spear. It was pretty damn funny to watch and the fish eventually let go of his catch.

While he most likely wasn't planning on it shooting any fish more than around 30 pounds should be done with some kind of break away rig IMO. We use float lines. Once the spear shaft is off the gun it is no longer connected to the diver.

When you shoot the fish you put the bands of you gun over your shoulder and fight the fish from the surface with the float line. A 30+ pound fish can drown you real quick.

Originally Posted By NRG:While he most likely wasn't planning on it shooting any fish more than around 30 pounds should be done with some kind of break away rig IMO. We use float lines. Once the spear shaft is off the gun it is no longer connected to the diver.

When you shoot the fish you put the bands of you gun over your shoulder and fight the fish from the surface with the float line. A 30+ pound fish can drown you real quick.

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Originally Posted By NRG:Originally Posted By White_Shark:I watched a spear fisherman get towed at least 20 yards across a wreck in the keys when a pretty big Jewish decided it wanted the fish that was on his spear. It was pretty damn funny to watch and the fish eventually let go of his catch.

While he most likely wasn't planning on it shooting any fish more than around 30 pounds should be done with some kind of break away rig IMO. We use float lines. Once the spear shaft is off the gun it is no longer connected to the diver.

When you shoot the fish you put the bands of you gun over your shoulder and fight the fish from the surface with the float line. A 30+ pound fish can drown you real quick.

Attack = multiple bites trying to kill/eat that diver. As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

Joined Sep 2005 Posts 23914 EE Offline Originally Posted By NRG:We have black sea bass around here. Can be rare to see them.

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Scare the piss out of you when is is only 4-5' and all of a sudden there is a huge VW bug right in front of your face. Very curious fish. Will follow you around at arms reach just watching.

Was looking for halibut a few weeks ago and got in the middle of about 10-15 young ones. Supposedly a rare, once in a lifetime experience. That is the 5th time I've seen such a group.

Monday morning, 4/14, I fished a catch-and-release trip about 12 miles west of New Pass with Carol Harris, her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jeff, and their teen-aged sons, Bradley and Alex. Unfortunately both my scheduled trips for those days were with die-hard offshore men, with no interest fishing in the backwaters.

We released the red grouper shorts and bluefish, and boxed the lanes, mackerel, and grunts. Weather was a little iffy again on Friday morning, 4/18, when I headed offshore with Brody Thompson and friends, Al and John.

By the time we left our fishing hole, it was getting rougher, a wave breaking over the bow just before we pulled anchor to head in. Clement Wong and family fished lower Hickory Bay with me Saturday morning, 4/19.

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They released smaller sleepyhead, five stingrays, a couple of sail-cats, and a 19-inch shook, all caught on live shrimp. Monday morning, 4/21, I fished in lower Hickory Bay with Tom Deter and his two sons, Nick and Kyle, along with his father-in-law, Thomas.

Lee, his son Matt, and grandson Tanner fished 12 miles west of New Pass with live shrimp, where they caught and released lane snapper shorts and three red grouper shorts, before catching a keeper 22-inch red grouper, which bit a small lane snapper as it was being reeled in. With a couple of family members sensitive to seas, we stayed near-shore, about 8 miles west of New Pass, where the group fished with live shrimp.

Thursday, 4/24, frequent fishers Ron Music and Eddie Alfonso fished 28 to 35 miles west of New Pass with me. We were using shrimp and pinkish for bait, and would have had a few nice red grouper, had it not been for shark attacks.

We did manage to box ten white bone porgies to 15 inches, large grunts and a 14-inch yellowtail snapper. A bunch of other groupers that we were reeling in fed three sandbar sharks, all about 8-foot long, which we battled and released.

Friday morning, 4/25, Pam Getter, Km James, Craig and Carter Dunaway, and Keaton Frown fished 23 miles west of New Pass with me on a beautiful day with calm seas. Using live shrimp for snapper yielded ten 14-inch yellowtails, along with some nice white bone porgies and some grunts.

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He explores rivers and lakes to uncover the creatures behind local folklore and harrowing tales of monster fish. The show has taken viewers to Cambodia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Italy, Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, India, Japan, Russia, Suriname, Brazil, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, the Republic of the Congo, Mongolia, and the U.S. states of Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.

The second season of River Monsters began airing on 24 April 2010, although the first episode, titled “Demon Fish” first appeared on Discovery Channel on 28 March 2010. In the episode, “Death Ray”, Wade caught a pregnant giant freshwater stingray, the largest fish he ever landed.

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