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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) swims under the superstrcuture of the wreck of the Spiegal Grove off the coast of Key Largo in Florida, USA.
This huge grouper species is the largest of the bony fish seen on caribbean reefs, often achieving sizes over 6' in length.
This is a protected species since 1990, and numbers are very slowly returning. However, this is a slow maturing species, and it is hopefully still many years before fishing is allowed again on this species.
This species was also commonly known as the 'Jewfish' though this common name was officially changed early in 2000.

· Date: Sun June 11, 2006 · Reference ID: 557/22006-05-15-02-06-22 · Views: 5274 ·
Keywords: grouper sea bass serranidae predator large species protected engandered seabasses florida shipwreck wreck blue water


Goliath Grouper - Epinephelus itajara
Paul Osmond

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