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The Giant Grouper

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Description

     The Giant Grouper isn`t called giant for no reason! Its impressive size makes it one of the most interesting fish that lives in the ocean. But is the size the only thing amazing about this fish?
The Giant Grouper is also known as the Brindle Bass; it is one of the largest bony fish in the world. This species grow up to three meters long and can weigh up to 600 kilograms! Other features of the Giant Grouper are its large mouth and rounded tail. Its mouth will expand to “create strong suction”. The suction created will allow the fish to catch the prey. So, the Giant     

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     Grouper is a slow swimmer that rarely hunts its prey; instead, it lies down and waits until dusk to catch any unaware marine inhabitants. Some unconfirmed reports say that the Giant Grouper also attacked humans in the past.
The color of the fish changes as it ages. The young ones from the Giant Grouper species have yellow and black dots. As it reaches the adult stage, the fish becomes grey-brown or green-grey.  The small black spots located on the fins of the fish it`s another feature that makes this fish so special.
This species is marked as “vulnerable”; the main cause is overfishing.


Habitat

The Giant Grouper is found in the Indian Ocean; it has been located in  the Red Sea and all the way through South Africa; it is also found east to Australia.The Pacific ocean also hosts it: in the Pitcairn Island and Hawaii.
This type of fish mainly lives in outer slopes lagoons or coastal reefs.


Diet

The Giant Grouper usually feeds on smaller sharks, sea turtles, other fish, spiny lobsters, other crustaceans.


Interesting Facts

•    The Giant Grouper will start its life as a female, but change its sex over time into male;
•    The eyes of the Giant Grouper are quite interesting: they can see in very well in dim light; this means that it has an advantage over prey at dawn; plus, its eyes also rotate, so the fish can see the prey without moving its head.
•    The Giant Grouper has about seven rows of teeth located on the “middle of the lower jar”!

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Sources:
• http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/animal-guide/georgia-aquarium/home/galleries/ocean-voyager/gallery-animals/giant-grouper
•    http://www.whatsthatfish.com/fish/giant-grouper/1011
•    http://www.mesa.edu.au/AtoZ/giant_grouper.asp
•    http://www.factzoo.com/fish/giant-grouper-massive-round-dark-fish.html
•    http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/speciesid/fish_page/fish43a.html

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