Pacific Goliath Grouper

Pacific Goliath Grouper, Epinephelus quinquefasciatus

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Pacific Goliath Grouper, Epinephelus quinquefasciatus. Underwater photo taken at the Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve, East Cape, Baja California Sur, August 2003. Photo courtesy of Mark Rayor, Los Barriles, Baja Calfiornia Sur. Mark commented: “We sighted this huge fish at a dive site called Las Casitas. It is in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park near Iguana Beach. The location is about 50 feet deep and has unique rock formations with cavern-like pockets. It was a great surprise to encounter this huge Goliath Grouper. It was very social, not afraid of us, and stuck around for about 15 minutes while we watched and took pictures. My first guess was around 500 pounds. It may have been closer to 700 or 800 pounds. I tend to be conservative. We spent a lot of time close enough to touch. When it swam, its belly dragged in the sand.