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Goliath Grouper Fish Swallows 5 Foot Shark In A Single Bite

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Janet Fang

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clockAug 21 2014, 17:42 UTC
1870 Goliath Grouper Fish Swallows 5 Foot Shark In A Single Bite
National Park Service diver Paul O'Dell against an Atlantic Goliath Grouper at Dry Tortugas National Park / Brett Seymour via Wikimedia

A group fishing off the coast of Bonita Springs in Florida snagged a 5-foot (1.5-meter) shark -- hook, line, and sinker. But before they could haul it up, a spiky, golden leviathan surfaces and snatches the shark. The scene is a bit splashy, but yes, the shark appears to be swallowed in one bite! This goliath grouper -- actually called goliath grouper (genus Epinephelus) -- is described as 4 feet (just over a meter) long. 

Here's the video from YouTube user Gimbb14:

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Apparently, this monster grouper had tried to steal at least one other catch earlier that morning. Gimbb14 writes on reddit: "Had a 15lb goliath grouper take and brought him up, as I brought him to the boat, the monster goliath shown in the video came and tried to steal him. About 30 minutes later I had about a 5foot nurse shark take and brought him up. As I was dehooking the shark, the goliath came back and inspected but didn't attack him." About an hour later, the blacktip shark in the video was hooked.

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Atlantic goliath groupers are known to grow up to 8 feet (2.4 meters) long and weigh up to several hundred pounds.


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