Grouper Eating Man

Danielle Fletcher
• Tuesday, 08 December, 2020
• 13 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.

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 Goliath grouper, 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.

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.

Prepare to never again enter the water as we look at the 23-foot-long Giant Saw fish, Vampire Character, Snake head and the horrific Pace. Pace originally prowled the waters of the Amazon, but have now shown up in North America and Asia after being introduced for sport fishing.

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In 1994, two New Guinean fishermen were killed in two separate attacks when a mysterious creature in the lake bit off their most vulnerable anatomy, causing them to bleed to death. The attacks prompted the world-famous extreme angler Jeremy Wade, to travel to the lake to catch the culprits, which he identified as giant killer Pace.

The Flathead lurks in dark crevices in the Missouri River and other major waterways across the continent, and bursts forward with lightning speed to capture prey in its rubber-like grip. Aggressive Flathead Catfish may plausibly be considered as a culprit behind the unexplained drownings of swimmers and fisherman in American waters.

Even more disturbing is the fact that fish may continue to grow throughout much of their lives, meaning larger, potentially mandating specimens may exist. Inhabiting the waterways of Southern Asia, India and Afghanistan, this “Shark Catfish” is an 8-foot-long stalk and lunge predator with a mouth filled with massive, recurred teeth.

With its extremely sleek body and powerful fins, the Wall ago lunges from the shadows of rivers and lake shores and consumes whatever prey happens to be close by. The Wall ago ATT has become greatly feared by villagers due to its reputation for consuming children who venture close to the water.

Due to the ferocious, predatory nature and incredible speed of this monster catfish, Wall ago ATT have become known by the alternative name “Lake Shark”. Lying camouflaged among the rocks, goose fish lunge forward to seize prey in their cavernous, tooth lined mouth set in jaws capable of engulfing a football.

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Specimens only slightly larger than the six-foot monsters found to date may be capable of simply swallowing a human who ventures too close. While many of the fish on this list are bizarre in some way, the Goliath Grouper inspires terror merely by its huge size and voracious ability to swallow almost anything it desires.

Weighing up to 1,000 pounds, possessing an enormous round mouth and measuring up to an incredible 16 feet in length, this aggressive, giant relative of Bass and Cichlids has no problem preying on humans. Apart from the Great White Shark and Giant Catfish, the Goliath Grouper is the most capable of any fish on this planet of simply eating a human in a few gulps.

The Giant Snake head has drawn attention worldwide following its introduction into temperate waters, sparking fear of a dangerous plague. Growing up to 4 feet in length and weighing up to 50 pounds, Giant Snake heads are ferocious predators capable of destroying almost any medium-sized animal they encounter.

Armed with razor sharp teeth and extremely muscle-bound bodies, Giant Snake heads have caused serious injuries to rice paddy workers, swimmers and fishermen who invade the fish’s territory. A human who foolishly reaches for the fish or invades its section of the coral reef may suddenly be slashed by the blades, leading to amputation, or severing of tendons or arteries.

The blood loss could possibly be fatal to the unfortunate swimmer in of itself, but even worse, the wounds could attract an even more deadly reef shark. It’s incredibly important to get ample omega-3 fatty acids, and certain fish can serve as potent sources.

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But due to issues like mining, sewage and fossil fuel emissions, heavy metals like mercury are winding up in the water and building up in our fish. Unfortunately, low-level mercury poisoning from contaminated seafood is a real threat and can lead to devastating effects on health.

Not only that, but some fish have also been so overfished that they are on the brink of collapse, which can have detrimental effects on the ocean ecosystem. In fact, the shift to eating more farmed fish like tilapia is leading to highly inflammatory diets, according to a 2008 study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine researchers say tilapia is one of the most widely consumed fish in America. Sustaining high levels of inflammation in the body can worsen symptoms of autoimmune disorders and may be linked to chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

If you must eat this fish, avoid tilapia from China, where farming practices are particularly worrisome. Although the female cod releases more than a hundred million eggs, only a few are able to survive to adulthood.

In 2014, Oceana, the largest ocean conservation group in the world, conducted an investigation using data from the National Marine Fisheries Service. They found that commercial fishermen in the U.S. throw about 2 billion pounds of “by catch” overboard each year.

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According to the report, if you’ve eaten U.S. halibut, there’s a good chance it came from this damaging fishery. Without further protection and enforcement of existing efforts, we may forever lose one of the biggest, most interesting fishes in the world.

Furthermore, harvesting the fish from Chile is also plagued by poor management and by catch problems. Eel Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch places eel on the “Avoid” list on its sushi guide because it’s slow to mature and has been overfished in many parts of the world, bringing some populations to collapse.

In the Delaware River, for instance, eels are an integral part of spreading mussel populations that serve as natural water filters. Aside from the issues with overfishing, eels tend to readily absorb and store harmful chemicals and contaminants such as poly chlorinated biphenyls (PCs) and flame retardants.

They’re also commonly treated with a broad range of antibiotics, in addition to pesticides and disinfectants. In 2009, Italian researchers discovered that 4-hexylresorcinol, a food additive used to prevent discoloration in shrimp that could reduce sperm count in men and increase breast cancer risk in women.

Shrimp farm ponds are also treated with harmful chemicals and pesticides such as malachite green, rote none and organic compounds, all of which can have detrimental effects on health. Plus, an Associated Press investigation uncovered a slavery network in Thailand dedicated to peeling shrimp sold around the world.

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In 2007, Thailand alone exported about $1.24 billion to the United States, according to Food and Water Watch. Although Alaskan king crab legs legally can only be called that if they’re harvested from Alaska, widespread mislabeling is the norm.

Generally known as “slime head” within the scientific community, seafood marketers had other ideas for this fish and gave the species a more appetizing name. Since orange roughly don’t reach sexual maturity until at least 20 years old, they are very slow to recovery.

According to Oceana: “The extremely long lifespan and the late age at maturity imply that a decimated population may take a half century or longer before it can recover.” Beyond that, the orange roughly is also known to have higher mercury levels, which can be dangerous if consumed in large amounts.

But apart from that, most shark species, which are slow to mature and don’t have a lot of offspring, are severely depleted. Often referred to as Hon Mauro on sushi menus, this simply means blue fin tuna, which should be avoided at all costs.

A better sushi choice would be fatso/skip jack tuna caught through Pacific troll or pole and line methods only. However, due to its high demand for sushi, fisheries managers are still allowing commercial fishing to target it.

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Sadly, blue fin tuna numbers are at just 2.6 percent of historic population levels. Aside from the obvious population collapse and extinction threat, this is also a large predatory fish that harbors higher levels of mercury.

In fact, the mercury in this fish is so high that the Environmental Defense Fund recommends women and children avoid it altogether. That’s certainly the case with king mackerel, as the Food and Drug Administration warns women and children to outright avoid it.

Luckily, Atlantic mackerel is high in omega-3s, low in mercury and is rated a top choice in terms of health and sustainability. In 2015, an investigation found that more than a third of 19 restaurants in Atlanta sold fantasies (also known as “Vietnamese catfish”) as grouper.

In addition to being rich in heart-healthy fats, salmon is a great source of protein, B vitamins, potassium and selenium. Atlantic mackerel This oily fish is also high in health omega-3 fatty acids, along with protein, niacin, selenium and vitamin B12.

Finding safer seafood can be challenging and requires you to consider many factors, including sustainability, nutritional value, mercury levels and the risk of contamination with pollutants, pesticides or harmful chemicals. Finally, when you do eat fish, opt for things like wild-caught Alaskan salmon, Pacific sardines and Atlantic mackerel.

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He told hosts Holly Willougbhy and Philip Schofield (both pictured) how staff cheered up the fish with a 'birthday cake' made of salmon and shrimp As the sea life center shut over the pandemic, Mike became lonely and bored, with Marcus revealing he 'turned gray' because he was so unhappy.

Viewers were delighted with the appearance, with one admitting they couldn't stop laughing at the segment, while another called Mike a 'metaphor for our times' 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. For anglers, watching in dismay as Goliath groupers swallow their catch, the huge fish are as charming as that friend who always seems to show up around dinner time.

His eyeball was the size of a baseball, and its mouth was so big it could’ve eaten a small child.” 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.

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Written comments to the wildlife commission in support of allowing them to be taken again describe similar experiences. 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. “The spawning aggregations of these huge fish have grown in the past decade and divers now come from all over the world to see the magic, which in turn supports ecotourism in Florida,” she said in comment emailed to the Sun-Sentinel.

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The guy at the Swish store told me to use that type of food.... off.... its always something, huh ?, I'm guessing “lance fish” are just saltwater feeder fish of some sort. Well if I am correct about that, then yes, put them in warm water for a couple of minutes, not only will they sink to him, but when an animal eats frozen food they eat it, then it thaws in their stomach which can injure them.

Ya know, the damn label said not to thaw in water, and I thought that was weird... Ough..... pisses me off... let me try that... ill get back to you.... At work, we have a 225 gallon tank in our waiting room/lobby, and we have a panther grouper.

Frozen brine is an inadequate diet for any marine fish. Get a feeding stick and purchase some fresh seafood from the grocer.

A drop of garlic Extreme on the food may entice him to eat & boosts the immune system. Or you can soak the food in a little tank water, with fresh sliced garlic.

{remove garlic before feeding} Put the food on the stick right in front of the grouper. Hope you have a great protein skimmer, are doing regular water changes, and watch levels of phosphate & nitrate.

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Originally Posted by Deep I have a panther grouper that I have had 8 months, for the past 5 days he has been in his cave and won't come out .his two front fins move but his rear end won't. Just don't feed it for a couple of days and then it should be ok. that's what happened to mine.

The guy at the Swish store told me to use that type of food.... off.... its always something, huh Mine gobbles large frozen my sis. GO READ IT, but in a nutshell, she suggests getting a food processor and adding all sorts of seafood that fishes like adding some minced garlic, vitamins, veggies etc. Spredding the processed mix on a pan and freezing.

Then separate into small containers and cutting off a chunk to feed the tank. NOW, IME we feed our grouper off of the feeder stick just as we do our lion.

I take out the krill add two to three drops (drip drops) of RO water and a small piece of minced garlic and while they are still mostly frozen stick them on the stick (one at a time) feed my lion first then go to the bottom of the tank with the stick where I will find the grouper. BETH suggests just adding it to your homemade mix and freezing.

FOR THE PERSON WHO SAID. “My grouper hasn't eaten in days”, IMO again, just be really careful. I had an angel who did this for 3 days I guess, and she was DOA when I got home from work last night.

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IF you have a qt tank I suggest you take that grouper out and try monitoring him and babysitting him closely. My panther's feeding problem was that he kept eating all his tank mates...

I feed my 3 in panther krill or my sis he loves it otherwise try guppies or small roses (far snack) don't feed every day every other would be best. Originally Posted by wifishman1 otherwise try guppies or small roses (far snack) don't feed every day every other would be best.

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