What Is a Goliath Grouper?

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Goliath grouper are the largest members of the sea bass family in the Atlantic ocean. They weigh up to 800 pounds and are up to 8.2 feet in length. They are also heavily built, and their bodies are half as wide as they are long at their widest point.

Goliath grouper are predators with rows of sharp teeth to prevent the escape of prey. In many cases, the rows of teeth are unnecessary since grouper often just engulf and swallow prey whole. Their primary prey animals are crustaceans, fish, octopuses and young sea turtles. Large predatory fish, such as sharks, barracuda and moray eels, prey on young goliath grouper.