Coastal water managers and NOAA are working together to study lionfish, hoping to eventually control them and keep them away from conservation areas. A red lionfish swims in the aquarium of the Schonbrunn zoo in the gardens of the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna on Oct. 16, 2012.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Sea-life expert Malcolm Beveridge of Stirling University in Scotland said a crocodile could have killed the victim first. “I don’t see these big cod leaping out of the water and hauling in a kangaroo.
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A man dressed as Cousin Eddie from the holiday classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” cleaned snow from his driveway with a flamethrower in Ashland, Kentucky, on December 25. Jordan Podunavac saw the flames across the street and recorded this video showing his neighbor using the unconventional technique to clean away the snow.“Some people use a shovel, others use a flamethrower!” Podunavac wrote in his Facebook post that featured the video. Mrs Brown's Boys creator Brendan O'Carroll is being sued by his former co-star Gary Hollywood, it has been reported.
O'Carroll is facing claims of constructive dismissal and workplace discrimination following an argument over pay, according to the Daily Star Sunday. Hollywood, 41, who reportedly quit the sitcom earlier this year, is also taking legal action against the BBC, the newspaper said.
Cases of the highly-infectious mutated strain of Covid-19 are said to have been found in UK travelers in Norway, Madeira and Jordan. The Cairns Aquarium in Queensland, Australia, recently hired a third diver to increase human interaction with fish that have shown signs of loneliness during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The aquarium’s resident sharks, rays, grouper and humphed wrasse have become accustomed to swimming past thousands of visitors each week. “We've got these leopard sharks, and they almost like being held or cuddled like puppy dogs,” Daniel Leipzig, Cairns Aquarium CEO, tells the Australian Associated Press.
One fish in particular, a Queensland grouper named Chang, loves people-watching and spent weeks sulking when the aquarium closed, marine biologist and curator Paul Barnes tells the AAP. However, Barnes says the grouper is “not skinny by any means,” so aquariums weren’t overly concerned about his diminishing appetite.
To help the fish get used to people again, Barnes says the aquarium staff will start having lunch near the tanks a few weeks before doors re-open to the public. Most of the threatened and data-deficient species live in the developing world, where they provide crucial food and incomes, the study finds.
Global catches of groupers rose by nearly 25 per cent between 1999 and 2009 to 275,000 tonnes a year, according to Food and Agriculture Organization figures in the study. The study sets out major threats to the world's 163 grouper species based on existing assessments using International Union for Conservation of Nature criteria.
The majority of these threatened species live in the Caribbean Sea, off Brazil and in the Coral Triangle, which consists of marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. The study indicates that, while some management of grouper fisheries exists, challenges remain to ensure their protection and introduce long-term and species-specific monitoring.
“Source countries need to manage their reef resources, which are naturally limited and not very productive, with the food security of their people as a top priority.” John Randall, a senior ichthyologist at the Bernice Kauai Bishop Museum, Hawaii, says that large-scale fishing by foreign nations causes major problems.
A Bonita Springs, Florida family filmed it, put it on YouTube and it’s quickly gone viral with millions of views online. In a video posted to YouTube the fish, identified as a Goliath grouper, can be seen circling the four-foot- long black tip shark before gobbling up the hooked shark.
Oh my god did he just eat it?” the shocked fisherman can be heard saying in the aftermath of the attack. The conservation commission also states the grouper is a prohibited species, meaning it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed upon being caught.
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