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Goliath Grouper Underwater Footage

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Carole Stephens
• Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
• 7 min read

High quality 16:9 HD underwater video of divers encountering a Goliath grouper or Jewish in the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico. Extremely close shots of this very curious and huge fish as it checks out diving photographers.

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The Atlantic Goliath, is a large saltwater fish of the grouper family found primarily in shallow tropical waters among coral and artificial reefs. The goliathgrouper's inquisitive and generally fearless nature makes it an easy prey for spear fishermen.

This giant fish tend to spawn in large aggregations, returning to the same locations each year. Goliath groupers and minnows was filmed by Halo Kara aka Orator in South Florida in 2015.

Here is a video that I filmed using a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition video camera with a Roller 3 fishing housing. The footage features goliathgrouper, barracuda, and amber jack following a butterflied bonito bait drifted above a popular Boca Raton shipwreck.

If you would like to fish this wreck, you can contact Chris at 855-535-FISH or visit http://BocaRatonFishingReport.com to book a fishing charter today. This area is for general discussions about fishing, rigging, baits, etc.

Big bend green Moderator Posts: 2439 Joined: August 8th, 2005, 2:30 pm Location: Monticello, FL Post by big bend green October 25th, 2013, 7:11 pm Have a few cameras but am not dive certified so have contemplated sending some down by wire/some rig.

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Thank GOD for the United States Marine Corps.” I shot most of it with this rig: Its PVC attached to a 4lb lead weight.

If you make one, skip the metal loop up top, and just drill two holes in the PVC and thread the rope through that. I usually send it down on the down rigger cable or on a spool of 500 lb parachute cord.

I have another rig I made by attaching that PVC housing to the top of an old snare drum stand (heavy). It's nice for rough days, since you can just sit the whole contraption on the bottom and smooth out all the up and down.

Big bend green Moderator Posts: 2439 Joined: August 8th, 2005, 2:30 pm Location: Monticello, FL Post by big bend green October 25th, 2013, 10:17 pm Getting old enough I don't wish time to pass much faster but already looking forward to 2014's fishing season.

Used my cameras on board a bit this year but stayed so focused on the action from above I didn't get any underwater footage. I usually have my eye on far-off horizons when it comes to scuba diving adventures -- to places like the remote Tuamotu Atolls of French Polynesia that teem with sharks, or the heart of the coral triangle in Indonesia’s Raja Am pat.

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And the chance to dive with fish that tip the 400-pound mark (sometimes even twice that) had me beelining it for Palm Beach County in Florida earlier this month. Each year off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, between late July and early October, hundreds of grouper -- some the size of golf carts, and up to 10 feet long -- show up to sow their wild oats in a spawning event that’s been likened to an underwater orgy.

I did a giant stride off the boat with my BCD emptied of air and let my own weight pull me gently down, down, down through glacier-blue water as warm as a bathtub. Suddenly, there they were: a band of eight enormous fish that appeared to be posing like some indie rock group on an album cover, staggered in style and hovering a few feet off the seabed.

They do the deed right around the new moon, usually at night or in the early morning hours, and it’s apparently a fast and furious affair. Known as the grouper ’s “bark,” the fish make these aggressive sounds with a muscle in their swim bladders as a form of communication during the spawning event.

At one point I caught sight of a sleeping nurse shark, easily eight feet long, tucked away under an outcropping of reef. I swam atop the wreck to fin through clouds of tropical fish and enjoy the neutral buoyancy that feels, more than ever these days, like therapy.

Somewhere beyond the grouper, out in the blue, the glint of a patrolling reef shark registered on my radar -- exciting in itself, but the big fish had long ago stolen the show. DINE : Goliath grouper have been a federally protected species since 1990 and also have high levels of mercury in their bodies, so you won’t find them on local menus.

grouper itajara goliath underwater epinephelus alamy offshore photographed endangered florida palm season beach
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The Atlantic goliathgrouper or Tamara (Epimetheus Tamara), also known as the Jewish, is a large saltwater fish of the grouper family found primarily in shallow tropical waters among coral and artificial reefs at depths from 5 to 50 m (16 to 164 ft). Its range includes the Florida Keys in the US, the Bahamas, most of the Caribbean and most of the Brazilian coast.

On some occasions, it is caught off the coasts of the US states of New England off Maine and Massachusetts. In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, it occurs from the Congo to Senegal.

Young Atlantic Goliath groupers may live in brackish estuaries, oyster beds, canals, and mangrove swamps, which is unusual behavior among groupers. They may reach extremely large sizes, growing to lengths up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and can weigh as much as 360 kg (790 lb).

The world record for a hook-and-line-captured specimen is 308.44 kg (680.0 lb), caught off Fernanda Beach, Florida, in 1961. Considered of fine food quality, Atlantic goliathgrouper were a highly sought-after quarry for fishermen.

It is a relatively easy prey for spear fishermen because of the grouper's inquisitive and generally fearless nature. They also tend to spawn in large aggregations, returning annually to the same locations.

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This makes them particularly vulnerable to mass harvesting while breeding. Until a harvest ban was placed on the species, its population was in rapid decline.

The fish is recognized as “vulnerable” globally and “endangered” in the Gulf of Mexico. The species' population has been recovering since the ban; with the fish's slow growth rate, however, some time will be needed for populations to return to their previous levels.

Goliath groupers are believed to be protogynous hermaphrodites, which refer to organisms that are born female and at some point in their lifespans change sex to male. Males can be sexually mature at about 115 centimeters (45 in), and ages 4–6 years.

In May 2015, the Atlantic goliathgrouper was successfully bred in captivity for the first time. Tidal pools act as nurseries for juvenile E. Tamara.

In tidal pools juvenile E.Tamara are able to utilize rocky crevices for shelter. Besides shelter, tidal pools provide E. Tamara with plenty of prey such as lobster and porcelain crab.

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The Atlantic goliathgrouper has historically been referred to as the “Jewish”. It may have referred to the fish's status as inferior leading it to be declared only suitable for Jews, or the flesh having a “clean” taste comparable to kosher food ; it has also been suggested that this name is simply a corruption of jaw fish or the Italian word for “bottom fish”, Giuseppe.

In 2001, the American Fisheries Society stopped using the term because of complaints that it was culturally insensitive. Age, Growth, and Reproduction of Jewish Epimetheus Tamara in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Pseudorhabdosynochus species (Monogenoidea, Diplectanidae) parasitizing groupers (Serranidae, Epinephrine, Epinephrine) in the western Atlantic Ocean and adjacent waters, with descriptions of 13 new species”. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Epimetheus Tamara.

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