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Christina Perez
• Wednesday, 16 June, 2021
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The Atlantic Goliath grouper 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.

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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 Goliath grouper 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.

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.

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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 Goliath grouper 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. The Atlantic Goliath grouper 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.

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^ Lovato, Cleo nice Maria Cardozo; Soars, Bruno Clears; Begot, Tiago Octavio Buffalo; Montage, Luciano Coach de Assis (January 2016). “Tidal pools as habitat for juveniles of the Goliath grouper Epimetheus Tamara (Lichtenstein 1822) in the Amazonian coastal zone, Brazil”.

Risky, Delaney C.; Bakenhaster, Micah D.; Adams, Douglas H. (2015). “ 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. There are several theories for how the Jewish (Promiscuous tiara), an Atlantic saltwater grouper with fins and scales, got its name.

It may derive from the Italian Giuseppe,” which means “bottom fish,” or may have originally been named “jaw fish” for its large mouth. The name was changed to pike minnow because Native Americans felt it was derogatory toward women.

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.

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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.

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.

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“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.

Common Name grouper Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Osteichthyes Order Performed Family Serranidae Genus Species Epimetheus SPP. Diet Other fishes, squids, and crustaceans Incubation Oviparous (egg laying) Sexual Maturity No data Life Span Relatively long-lived; some groupers have lived at SeaWorld, San Diego for more than 30 years Range Varies by species Habitat Varies by species Population GLOBAL No data Status IUCN: Several species listed as Vulnerable or Threatened CITES: Not listed Uses: Not listed Some fish in this family can grow to incredible sizes, such as the Jewish (Epimetheus Tamara) of the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Queensland grouper (E. lanceolatus) of Australia.

Some groupers are so huge that when they open their mouths to feed, they create a suction that is powerful enough to inhale small prey. In addition to their possible great size, another defense that some groupers have is the ability to change the color of their skin.

The Caribbean Coney (Cephalopods vulva) demonstrates a more advanced color shift. If disturbed, the Caribbean Coney will try to hide in a coral crevice, which normally has a white, sandy bottom.

To blend in with this environment, this fish alters its color so that its lower body fades to white and its spots contract to tiny pinpoints. Other groupers have developed color patterns composed of stripes, spots, or blotches that help them to blend in with the bottom of coral reef areas.

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All young yellow mouth groupers (Mycteroperca interstitial is) are born females, but as they grow larger they change into males. Only small percentages survive long enough to become a male, thus ensuring the greater majority are egg-laying females.

Even more surprising, some in the genus Serra nus are rare examples of fishes that can be male and female at the same time. In the United States, Jewish and Nassau groupers (E. stratus) are protected from all harvesting.

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After you peel off the skin, the wing can be further poached, or baked or fried. Tilapia Substitutes: red snapper (flakier texture) OR bass OR flounder OR sole OR orange roughly OR ocean perchCopyright © 1996-2005 Lori Alden.

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.

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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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.

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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? As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

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Joined Mar 2010 Posts 2247 EE Offline 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. 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? As soon as the fin was in the fish's mouth it knew what it had been't food.

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Joined Jul 2007 Posts 9617 EE Offline Because this is America, and when the dark lord of the old gods rises from the abyss, we just shoot him in the fucking face and go back to watching football.

Joined Dec 2012 Posts 7387 EE Offline Originally Posted By jestice75:When sharks mistake your ass for food, we call that an attack.

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

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. 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.

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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.

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. 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.

Originally Posted By bcw107:I once asked if a giant grouper was a Jewish at the Texas State Aquarium. I once asked if a giant grouper was a Jewish at the Texas State Aquarium.

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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 Goliath Grouper. 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.

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 Goliath Grouper.

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 Goliath Grouper.

Jews steal people's fish? 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 Blog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWP8tpzKpKI I'm betting it's a protected species, hence the aggressive attitude towards humans and lack of putting a spear through its gills.

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Grouper isn't a protected species, but I don't know what the King says about spearfishing rules in Florida waters. I had a grouper seismic not long ago.

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 had a grouper seismic not long ago. 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. I had a grouper seismic not long ago.

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.

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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.

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. 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.

Joined Jun 2006 Posts 5930 EE Offline 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.

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Snorkeling in Leather, I came upon a big boy like that just steaming on by. I didn't realize how big until later when a guy working for a scuba tour company that works close by heard me talking about it.

We have black sea bass around here. Can be rare to see them. 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.

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 Goliath Grouper.

Jews steal people's fish? 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.

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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 Goliath Grouper.

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.

Joined Nov 2005 Posts 11639 EE Offline 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.

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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.

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.

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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? 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.

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.

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