Two Japanese men 68 and 76 years old hooked into a huge shark after it beat the second Goliath to the punch. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Goliath grouper is, “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 commission says that harvesting and possessing the Goliath grouper has been prohibited in Florida since 1990, because it is a protected species. The skeletal structure of large goliathgrouper cannot adequately support their weight out of the water without some type of damage.
Goliath are also susceptible to large scale mortality events such as cold temperatures and red tide blooms,” the conservation commission says. “When not feeding or spawning, adult Goliath groupers are generally solitary, sedentary and territorial.
Before the Goliath grouper reaches full-size it is preyed upon by barracuda, king mackerel and moray eels, as well as sandbar and hammerhead sharks. Since the restriction on catching Goliath groupers in 1990, Goliath grouper populations have substantially recovered since the harvest prohibition took effect.
There have been increases in abundance in certain areas (e.g., Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor and the Ten A Thousand Islands), and the distribution of Goliath grouper populations has extended into areas of its former range throughout Florida, including the Big Bend and Panhandle regions,” the conservation commission says. Calico crabs make up the majority of their diet, with other invertebrate species and fish filling in the rest.
Michael Patrick O’Neill was using his drone to record video of the annual blacktop shark migration, just north of Ocean Reef Park on Saturday. O’Neill said the hammerhead suddenly broke away from the blacktops and made a beeline for a goliathgrouper that was alive and floating on the surface of the water.
When that happens, gases in the grouper's stomach expand, causing it to bloat and float on the surface of the water, making it an easy meal for predators. O’Neill said the hammerhead continually and relentlessly attacked the grouper, eventually killing it.
However, because of the shark's small mouth and the tough texture of the grouper's skin, the hammerhead was unable to eat it. The skilled photographer said the video should serve as a lesson to fishermen to properly vent a goliathgrouper if you catch one.
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. Gases in the Grouper ’s stomach expands causing it to bloat and float on the surface, making them the perfect meal for predators.
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.
With evidence of human settlements dating back to 6,000 BC, the Isle of Pu Catching a glimpse of an underwater feeding frenzy involving 11 sharks was enough to startle and exhilarate a group of scientists off the coast of South Carolina last month.
But the researchers lost their minds when a sneaky guest, a wreck fish, swam directly in front of their camera with one of the sharks wriggling around in its mouth. The scientists operating the vehicle were conducting research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aboard the ship Oceans Explorer.
The scientists were operating the Deep Discoverer 1,476 feet (450 meters) below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, searching for a World War II shipwreck. The predators had likely sensed this swordfish “food fall” from a long distance and had traveled for the feast, Peter J. Austere of Mystic Aquarium and the University of Connecticut, wrote in the team’s mission log.
When the wreck fish, a type of grouper, meandered in front of the camera with a shark tail protruding from its mouth, the scientists came to a clear conclusion: The guest had been watching the feeding frenzy the entire time, stealthily hiding behind the rover itself. The law of the ocean food chain is a brutal one, Abel said: Anything smaller than yourself is fair game for predators like sharks and groupers.
We filter through a lot of articles and other site’s publications about us and our material, or even trending topics that we specialize in. It helps to be plugged in and up to date on what people are talking about, because sometimes it relates to the Museum.
In no way do I mean to make light of any shark attack victims, because it is a tragic experience and completely unexpected. ISAF pretty much sums it up repeatedly, saying more people in the water means more shark attacks.
But hey, beach bods get eye-time, and anything that gets people aware of an issue is great. (But really, Yahoo!… ouch) Long story short, headlines are important.
Keep that in mind when you’re writing your next blog post or scientific research paper Thursday, May 5th, 2016 Finally we could see a light at the end of the tunnel with the Ichthyology site reorganization.
We started to negotiate an official launch day to finish up and flip the switch to turn on the beautiful new site. In order to offer all the ISAF data, the sharks team had to extract data from their databases, make it into a chart in Excel or Photoshop, make that chart into an image, and put that image on the website.
But we have new technology and the web is constantly evolving to be more flexible and responsive. We found Charts, a great chart- and map-making framework, and we set Chris Dell, our Web Office programmer extraordinaire, to work with the ISAF team to create a seamless tool that could publish the data in their databases directly to the website with a few mouse clicks.
And the charts and graphs would finally be interactive and mobile friendly. One day we’ll get Chris to write a detailed post on exactly how this setup works.
This is some pretty technical web nerd stuff right here, but it’s too cool not to mention. Here goes: Chris wrote an ETL (extract, transform & load) tool written in C# with an SQL database that was designed to store queries that could be executed on the ISAF Access database.
It took a lot of juggling and tap dancing, but we managed to turn the new site on just before the big ISAF report was released to the media. Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 There’s always been a close race between Herpetology and Ichthyology for the top overall visitation to their sections of the site.
We noticed a satisfying increase in numbers for Herpetology after their section of the site was revamped, and we were sure the same would be true for sharks and fishes. Back in the internet Stone Age, it was far too easy to create pages and forget they existed.
Thankfully Google Analytics can tell us how many times each page has been visited. And if a page got less than 10 visits a year, we had to ask if the info was relevant anymore.
When visitors clicked on vocabulary words a pop-up window would open showing a webpage with its definition. It’s certainly a luxury to stop and spend a few weeks looking at your website when you’re a research department with a lot of projects going on.
We also looked at how the site was used, and we focused on helping people quickly get to the parts they were most likely to need. The shark attack data and reports are all neatly tidied away in their section.
And we brought together all the resources for teachers, students, and citizen scientists under an umbrella called ‘ Discover Fishes & Sharks to make it easier for that audience to explore content most interesting to them. This way people can find what they’re looking for fast instead if wandering through a forest of links and pages in hopes of stumbling into the right information.
One of those rules is that people spend about 3 seconds glancing over a webpage to find what they’re looking for before getting frustrated. So it’s critical that our navigation be clear, simple, and targeted to the person we want to speak to.
We gathered all the info aimed at teachers, students, citizen scientists, and ‘average people’ into one place. Our only problem is that we’ve found the term ‘Online Exhibit’ gives a lot of expectations to our site visitors.
After circling around and around for well over a year, we’ve gently, tentatively settled on Discover , or a variation of this. For example, there were over 260 species profile pages, each highlighting a specific fish, shark, ray, etc.
So we moved that down on the page, and pulled up some eye-catching pictures and interesting info for each to draw readers in. Monday, May 2nd, 2016 [Note from Sarah: The newly revamped Ichthyology site launched in February.
We had to immediately press on to other projects, but now that Of’s summer is here it feels like a good opportunity to pause and reflect. So we present to you a week of posts on our most complex collection site redesign to date.
For the longest time, every collection in the museum had their own website and it was the Wild West. By page count and visitation traffic, it is one of the biggest areas within the Museum’s website.
Now that we’re able to look back over the process of moving it (and take a moment to breathe), we’re kind of amazed at how big it actually was. We looked at how the ichthyology staff and researchers would interact with and add to their site.
We investigated new and old technologies that would better assist our many users explore the ichthyology collection online and in person. And asked how we could assist the Museum to achieve its goals to inspire people to care about our environment.
Essentially what we do is create a place where technology and human beings interact. We are constantly educating ourselves on technological advances, as well as enriching our understanding of the full human experience.
The shark is stolen and eaten by a large goliathgrouper just as it is being pulled from the water. The video is less than a minute-long, and as I type, has been viewed almost 34 million times.
Here in the OMT office, I only found out about it during my morning statistics check of the site. A little drilling down to the actual viewed page brought me to the biological profile for the goliathgrouper.
Fortunately we have technology that tells us when our site or our Museum is mentioned in the news, and I was able to dig up the viral articles about this video.