Goliath Grouper Fish Swallows 5 Foot Shark In A Single Bite

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:




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.

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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